So far Newsstand’s touted ability to automatically download updates is not living up to its billing for me. In fact, so far I don’t see what advantage there is in its background downloads – as it does not seem to have improved the initial load time for the titles that are using it.
Admittedly I’ve only got seven apps at the moment which have been updated for Newsstand, and several of them are monthly titles which have not had a content refresh since being added to Newsstand. But I do have two titles that are updated 6 and 7 days a week – The Guardian iPad Edition and The Daily.
Both are set to automatically download new content in Settings > Store, yet so far just about every time I open either one of them – even when they have the blue ‘New’ banner on them in Newsstand – they seem to require a fair while to locate a new issue and load up the front page.
Here’s how the Apple iOS 5 features page describes Newsstand’s background updating ability:
New purchases go directly to your Newsstand folder. Then, as new issues become available, Newsstand automatically updates them in the background — complete with the latest covers. It’s kind of like having the paper delivered to your front door. Only better.
The thing is, when a newspaper gets delivered to my door it doesn’t generally have a headline that says ‘I’m trying to get delivered’, like this one:
But that’s what I have to stare at when I fire up The Daily – even with Newsstand supposedly doing all its updating in the background.
Maybe it’s just these two titles, but I’m guessing probably not.
For those of you who have some titles in Newsstand, how are they doing on background updates and quick loading for you?