Newsstand for the iPad went live yesterday along with iOS 5, iCloud and all the other major updates Apple cranked out.
In case you haven’t had a chance to use it yet, Newsstand is a ‘smart folder’ that houses all your newspaper an magazine iPad editions and also offers a store where you can browse and install other digital publications for the iPad. It’s a lot like iBooks for iPad newspaper and magazine titles.
Here’s a screencap of the Newsstand store, which of course looks very much like the App Store:
And here are a few things to be aware of with regard to Newsstand:
— You cannot put Newsstand in a folder (I keep seeing people on forums etc asking how to do this) as it is itself a smart folder. You also cannot add titles to it manually.
– It’s called a smart folder because it automatically moves app icons for publications that support it into the Newsstand folder. You’ll see this happen as your favorite titles are updated to support it. Early on yesterday I had just one title that went in there after I updated it – The New Yorker. By mid-evening I had six, including Wired and The Daily.
— When Newsstand moves the app icons into its folder, they’re also removed from their prior location on your home screens. I have had an entire home screen filled with newspaper and magazine titles for a long while – now it is gradually clearing out and soon I won’t need it anymore thanks to Newsstand.
— In the Store section of the Settings app you can toggle on/off the automatic download of new content when on WiFi for each of your Newsstand supported titles, though some apps appear not to have updated to add this ability as yet. The New Yorker has it already.
I’m very pleased to see Newsstand live and titles updating to support it. This area of the App Store is one of my favorites and I have a similar number of titles in this section as I do in iBooks. It’s nice to have them all in one place without devoting a full home screen or more to achieving that. It’s also very nice to be able to browse a dedicated store for these type of titles.
What do you all think of Newsstand? Is it useful to you, or will it bet banished to a last home screen or ‘rarely used’ type folder?