WIRED Magazine for iPad has been updated yesterday, to Version 3.7. The single, headline change in this update is support for the new iPad’s retina display – starting with the April 2012 issue.
So the good news here is of course that one of the best iPad magazine titles now supports the incredible new retina display. I downloaded the April issue earlier and it looks better than ever. Wired is one of my favorite iPad magazines, and one of the very few I subscribe to, so it’s great to see it updated for the retina display.
The not so good news is that just as expected, the issue size for the new issue with retina support has grown quite a lot. The March Issue of Wired on the iPad weighed in at 366MB. The April issue, the first with retina support, is 533MB. That’s a pretty substantial increase – especially as Wired issue sizes had come down a bit last year from their early enormous sizes. Now they’re going in the opposite direction again.
I hope that the publishers of Wired and other iPad magazine and newspaper titles are working hard at not just adding retina support but also finding ways to control and reduce their issue sizes. It will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out in coming months.