At a press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, social professional network LinkedIn showed off a new version of its iPad app, a revamped Pulse app, and new e-mail integration called LinkedIn Intro.
LinkedIn Intro teams with your Apple mail app to pull in data from LinkedIn to your e-mails. You can view profile information and photos to get context on the people you're e-mailing with. LinkedIn Intro was built by Rahul Vohra, who founded the startup Rapportive, which adds LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking profile information to your Gmail account. LinkedIn purchased the company in 2012.
Into is essentially an extension of Rapportive, but now built into Apple's iOS Mail app.
The iPad app has a completely overhauled design with new navigation. You can swipe to connect with new professional contacts. The app adds LinkedIn Influencer content, which shows you articles from top users. The app is available today in the App Store.
Lastly, LinkedIn showed off a new version of Pulse, a mobile news app. The app has a new design and adds LinkedIn sharing options. LinkedIn purchased Pulse in early 2013. The Pulse update is coming soon.
The news aligns with LinkedIn's new mobile strategy, which spreads LinkedIn's many services across multiple apps.