The Washington Post’s Updated ‘Flagship’ iPad App, in Newsstand

The Washington Post iPad app

The Washington Post for iPad has been updated and revamped this week. The 2.0.0 update seems almost more like a brand new app release. Even The Washington Post itself describes the app update in those sort of terms:

The Washington Post has unveiled its expanded flagship news app for iPad, now available on the App Store. The app provides a dynamic news experience with all Post content, blogs and multimedia updated throughout the day; a replica of the print newspaper with a 14-day archive and over 40 comic strips; real-time social content and more.

The first big change in this update is that The Washington Post is now a Newsstand app. It’s a free app and currently has no subscription options.It offers complimentary access for everyone through ‘Summer 2013’, and appears to have monthly sponsors in addition to being ad-supported.

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The Austin American-Statesman Has a New iPad App: It’s Beyond Terrible

Today’s Paper from The Austin American-Statesman

My hometown’s leading newspaper launched a new iPad app yesterday. It’s called Today’s Paper from The Austin American-Statesman and it’s beyond terrible. It’s not just a terrible iPad newspaper app, it’s an embarrassing app to even have published in the App Store. I’m amazed any sensible publisher has put their name on this.

I should’ve realized how useless this ‘paper’ was when attempting to take a look at the app when it launched yesterday. That in itself was a farcically bad experience. It went something like this:

– I run an iPad site, do iPad app reviews, and especially enjoy iPad newspaper and magazine editions. So I was excited to see a new iPad app from Austin’s leading newspaper. I’m not a current print or online Statesman subscriber but I was a very keen potential iPad subscriber.

– I installed the app and immediately found that I could not so much as tap to view a single article before hitting a roadblock. To view anything at all in the app you have to sign in as an existing subscriber or take on a new subscription. I’ve been covering iPad newspaper and magazine apps for over two years now and I cannot recall a single other title that refuses to show any content at all before demanding your money. Great start, and it only gets (much) worse from there.

– I knew I couldn’t sign in so I hit the Subscribe button and chose the only available option – the $9.99 per month subscription. I tried this several times and got a variety of error messages that all seemed to imply it was just not possible to buy anything on the iPad App Store. Just for laughs, I went to the App Store, installed an iPad magazine, and bought an issue of it with zero errors or problems.

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USA TODAY for iPad Gets Major 3.0 Update

USA Today for iPad

USA TODAY for iPad has had a major update today, to Version 3.0.0. It’s a significant enough update for the change list to refer to it as ‘the new USA TODAY for iPad’.

The app’s UI has had a major overhaul in this new version. Here’s the details:

- Choose the way you want to view the news: scan the headlines with “List” view or lean back and enjoy the image-rich “Grid” view
– New sliding panel allows you quick access to your favorite features like weather, scores, markets and puzzles
– Save your stories: Not enough time to finish reading an article? Do you have to power down your iPad on the plane? No problem, just save the article and read it later!
– Story highlights: Get a quick summary of a story on the first page with these new essential article highlights.
– Media index: Do you want to interact with the news? Now you can access a vast selection of USA TODAY photo galleries and videos.

I’ve only just installed the update a short while ago, but I have to say the fresh new look and interface make a very good first impression.

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The Guardian iPad Edition Updated – Adds the Observer as Its Sunday Issue

  The Guardian and Observer iPad Edition

The app formerly known as The Guardian iPad Edition has been updated and is now renamed to The Guardian and Observer iPad Edition. The name is not the only thing that’s changed though – the new name signals a major update for the app and the inclusion of a Sunday issue powered by the Observer.

The new version is 2.0.1 and here’s the change list for it:

- A Sunday issue is now included as part of the iPad edition: enjoy the Observer’s news sections, Sport, New Review and Magazine
– New subscriptions options to suit you
– User-experience and design enhancements
– Bug fixes and stability improvements

The Guardian and the Observer are both very high quality newspapers. I spent many years living in the UK and both titles were favorites of mine back in those lovely days when I would buy three or four big Sunday papers and spend large chunks of the day and evening reading them.

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USA Today for iPad Updated – Design Refresh & New Icon

USA Today iPad Edition

USA Today for iPad, the iPad edition of the popular dialy newspaper, was updated yesterday – to Version 2.1.0.

This update brings a design refresh that includes a new ‘easy-access navigation bar’ along with a couple other items:

- Join the Nation’s Conversation around Election 2012 in our NEWS sectionUSA TODAY for iPad Icon
- Design updates, including an easy-access navigation bar
- Bug fixes and stability improvements

The app also has a simpler new icon that has very ‘webby’ sort of feel to it.

I did a review of USA Today for iPad back in 2010 and thought it was a stellar iPad edition and one of the newspaper titles that had adapted best to the iPad. The same still holds true today. It may not offer the most heavyweight content and it’s not a New York Times competitor, but it’s a slick, easy to use iPad edition that’s very nicely designed and a pleasure to read.

I like the design refresh in this latest update. The new navigation bar is very handy and makes moving through the paper’s sections even smoother.

Here’s an App Store link for USA Today for iPad; it’s still a free, ad-supported app with no subscription plan required.

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The Daily Launches New In-app WKND Magazine

The Daily, the original iPad-only newspaper, has launched a new in-app magazine today. The magazine is called WKND and it’s presented as a new section within The Daily which will presumably feature in the Saturday and Sunday issues of the iPad newspaper. Here’s The Daily’s own little intro for the new magazine section: Meet The […]

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The Guardian and New York Times iPad Editions Updated

Two quality newspapers’ iPad editions have received updates this week – The Guardian’s Guardian iPad Edition and The New York Times’ NYTimes for iPad. Guardian iPad Edition has been updated to Version 1.0.2. Notable new features include support for saving articles to Instapaper, native iOS 5 Twitter integration, and the addition of Weekend magazine from […]

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