Would You Pay Over $200 a Year for the New York Times on iPad?


On one side, a Times source explains, you have print circulation, which thinks it should control the iPad since it’s just another way to distribute the paper. They’d like to charge $20 to $30 per month for the Times’ forthcoming iPad app, basically the product already demonstrated on stage with Steve Jobs, the source said. Why so much? Because they’re said to be afraid people will cancel the print paper if they can get the same thing on their iPad.

Yikes.  So apparently there’s a heated debate going on amongst the management of The New York Times, about the pricing level for their iPad app / subscriptions to this digital version.  According to the reports, the folks in charge of NYT’s digital efforts would like to charge around $10 per month for the new iPad app.  And those in charge of print operations are pressing for more like $20-30 per month.

At $30 a month / $360 a year, I can’t imagine very many folks are going to be on board, even diehard NYT fans – especially when the NYT online is available for free and easily viewable through the iPad’s browser (with some holes where Flash elements would be probably).

Even at $10 per month I don’t imagine too many ‘casual’ readers of the NYT are going to jump in.  Then again, I’ve not been a big NYT reader in years, so I may not have a good perspective on this at all.

What do you all think?  Those of you who are regular NYT readers, what would you would be willing to pay for its iPad app?

Source: Valleywag via Daring Fireball

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Wired Magazine Looking Good in iPad Demo

Wired magazine on iPad

I just posted a few days back on Wired magazine’s plans to come to the iPad this summer.  Today Gizmodo has a nice post up with a video demo of how the magazine will look on the iPad.

It’s a good run-through, and shows off a lot of the nice interactive elements that will be included.  These look especially good, as does the browse / visual overview of the whole issue contents.  Even some of the ads look pretty darn good. The Wired folks do some talking during the demo as well, and their enthusiasm for this new digital content offering is very clear.

Check out Gizmodo’s piece and the demo video here:


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Range of iPad Cases, Bags, More from M-Edge [iPad Accessories]

M-Edge iPad accessories

M-Edge – who I’ve never come across before today and who specialize in eReader accessories – have got a good, broad range of iPad accessories coming soon.

Their range includes sleeves, jackets, cases, bags, and stands for the iPad – over a dozen items in all.

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Recommended: iPad Safari Video Walk-through from 9to5Mac


This is a quick six minute overview of the iPad version of Safari, from Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac. It’s a nice little quick tour of the app in the iPad simulator.  A couple points I noted while watching:

— He mentions that you can have up to nine pages open (he says tabs, but means the same thing I think). 

— iPad Safari presents itself as a desktop (not mobile) browser – so full versions of sites get loaded, not mobile versions.

No huge surprises in the video, but it’s a nice tour and worth a look.

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iPad Apps My Daughter Wants to See: Animal Wallpapers

Animal Wallpapers iPhone app

Animal Wallpapers is a good app for you if you’re looking for an animal themed wallpaper. It’s already pretty great app on the iPhone but it will be better on a bigger screen to see the wonderful animal wallpapers.

Animal Wallpapers has  categories for  birds,big cats,big dogs, wild life, and a favorites category. It shows lots and lots of animals, like a shark, foxes, elephants, and deer.

*** Editor’s note: this started out being a joint post written by my 6.75 year old daughter and I.  But Zoe ended up writing all of this, except this sentence here. :)

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iPad Tech Specs: What’s In the Box

iPad Packaging

I thought as part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device.  You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.

So here are the details on what comes in the iPad box:

  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

About what you’d likely expect, and no lovely Apple case thrown in (as if).

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iPad Apps I Want to See: Crosswords

Crossword iPhone app

I’m a pretty lame sort of non-gamer on the iPhone (or PCs or any other platform).  Not one for fast-paced, shootery action type games.  I tend to like lots of word games, a few sports games, and a few real-time strategy titles.

Another type of game I enjoy is crossword puzzles.  I’ve tried several different crossword apps on the iPhone but never found one that felt comfortable or compelling to use on that smaller screen, or that offered easy to get and regularly refreshed content.  Too many years of doing them in newspapers may have spoiled me or set the bar too high for any iPhone app.

The iPad should be a whole different story though.  It is perfectly sized for many activities, and I think doing crossword puzzles is one of them.  I know, crosswords don’t quite have the wow factor of some of the other great things that can be done with the iPad’s lovely big screen – but I think doing them on an iPad will be great fun and will hopefully come close to matching the experience of doing one in a newspaper.  Or maybe one or more of the newspapers bringing their titles to the iPad will even give this area some love and attention.

What do you all think?  Any other crossword fans reading here?

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Is TextExpander the First Dual iPhone / iPad App?

TextExpander iPhone and iPad app

Here’s the description of what’s new in the latest version of the TextExpander app for iPhone:

updates for iPhone OS 3.2

That’d be updates for the OS the iPad currently runs.  Hopefully this means the app’s package now contains versions optimized for both the iPhone and the iPad.  It’s quite a useful looking app for both devices as well – letting you create and use short abbreviations for commonly used phrases.

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Hard Candy Cases Announces Range of iPad Cases [iPad Accessories]

Hard Candy iPad cases

Hard Candy Cases, a recent entrant into the Apple accessory market, announced today a new line of cases designed for the iPad.  The distinctive line of cases will debut in March, timed to the iPad sales launch.  
“Unique to Hard Candy Cases, all of our designs – even the hard shells – feature rubber bumpers that are crafted to add premium protection, look cool and also allow us to start the expensive tooling process now, before the final iPad is available to measure,” said Tim Hickman, CEO of Hard Candy Cases and former GM of Speck Products. 

I’m still not feeling burned out on seeing new iPad cases and accessories news each day – maybe because I don’t feel like I’ve seen ‘the perfect case’ for me just yet, and also because I think there’s still lots of scope for new and creative accessories for the iPad.

This new range of five iPad cases from Hard Candy Cases looks interesting and features options from quite light to ‘semi-rugged’ looking.  You can check out all the details of these cases – priced from $39.95 to $49.95 – at Hard Candy’s site:


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IBM Bringing Lotus Apps to the iPad ‘as fast as possible’ [iPad Apps]



An IBM official told Forbes that the company not only wants to reach out to the small-but-growing number of iPhone users in the enterprise, but also use the new applications as a starting point from which to build App Store software for the forthcoming iPad.

"Our customers are looking at the iPad and they’re excited about it," said Alstair Rennie, IBM’s manager of Lotus software. "No one quite knows its use patterns yet, but it’s our intention to deliver as much of our portfolio as possible on it as fast as possible."

Good news if you’re a Lotus Notes user, through your work or just for fun (???), and a soon-to-be iPad owner.  IBM is planning to release Lotus corporate collaboration software ‘sometime near the debut of the hardware’.

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iPad Tech Specs: Display, Storage, Battery & Power


I thought as part of our iPad Basics coverage, it would be useful to lay out the tech specs of the device.  You can of course go to this Apple page to review them all, but I figured it might be useful to share them in more bit-sized chunks, as there are a lot of them.

So here are the details for the Display, Capacity, Processor, and Battery and Power for the iPad:

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

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