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Social network Path finally launches iPad app

Path, the social network intended to help you keep tabs on just your closest friends, is coming to the iPad.

The company said its iPad app - which will also work on the iPad mini - is now available for download in the App Store.

Path said the larger screen on the iPad allows for more interaction. When viewing Path in landscape mode on your iPad, you can see check-ins and arrival moments on a single map, the company said in a blog post.

"Path in landscape-view is the best way to catch up with your family and friends, revisit days and the moments that made them special," the company said.

You can also view friends' updates in full screen. "See the cover enlarged, your friends' comments, and the faces of every person who's seen it," Path said. "You'll also read a description of the story and see a list of friends who have read it too."

Path also touted the improved navigation on the iPad app. The home screen will have more information, like recent activity and your friends list. "Now visiting a friend's Path or a full-screen view of a moment with recent activity takes just one tap," Path said.

Though Path is intended to be a more intimate version of Facebook, shared with a close circle rather than the 1,000+ people you've encountered over the last decade or more, the company also said the iPad app will allow you to expand your circle.

"Being on iPad means Path is available to more people now," Path said.

Path got into some hot water earlier this year when the company's chief Dave Morin acknowledged that the iOS version of Path uploaded the entire iPhone address book without user permission. A developer discovered and then dissected Path's methodology, and users instantly took Path and Morin, a former Facebook engineer, to task for the privacy violation. Morin eventually apologised and Path released a new version of its iPhone app that allowed users to opt in or out of sharing contact information.

It seems Path was not the only offender, though. Twitter and Instagram also updated their policies in the wake of the controversy. Apple chimed in and said iOS apps should not collect contact data without permission and pledged to fix it with a subsequent software update.