Well what do you know. It looks like The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper, may finally be working out some of its major issues. The app has been updated today, to Version 1.2.2 – and the update is said to address some of the biggest complaints about it.
Here’s the change list for the new version:
• Bugs affecting load times have been fixed
• Background downloads and new issue prompts are improved
• Multitasking enabled, so that the app opens quickly to the page you left off
• Facebook sharing is fixed
I just applied the update a short while ago and so far it looks very good, especially on two basics: loading faster and remembering your place. The app is now loading up with a viewable front page in well under 10 seconds. That’s a whole lot faster than it has ever been. It is also remembering where you left off when you switch away from the app and even if you quit it and re-open it.
Obviously I don’t know yet whether background downloads are working better. I’ll see how that goes over the next few days – but what I’ve seen thus far is very encouraging. I’ve criticized The Daily heavily for its failure to address those two basic issues – so I’m very glad to see that they’ve finally got those sorted out and the app performing much better.
I know we have a good number of readers of The Daily here – so please chime in in the comments and let me know whether you are also seeing major improvement after this update.
I’ve always wanted to like The Daily, since even before it launched back in February. Not because it’s part of Rupert Murdoch’s empire. Not because of the implications that has for what type of news it might bring, which way it might lean. But because it was and is the first iPad-only newspaper. I want it to succeed because of that concept.
I also think there’s a lot to like about The Daily. The photography is superb, the headlines are often among the cleverest around. If you’re not after in-depth, heavyweight news coverage it’s an engaging read.
But it’s also an embarrassingly bad title. Since Day 1 it has got many basic things wrong in terms of being an iPad newspaper app. It went months where the app never remembered where you left off reading. So if you popped out of reading a great article to have a quick look at a new email, your place was completely lost and you started again at the front page of an issue. Stupid. And such a simple, basic thing to get wrong – and still somehow this went uncorrected for months!
Sometime last night The Guardian iPad Edition was released, and it’s available now in the App Store.
It’s a free app for a limited time, then available via subscription at £9.99 per month (around $16/month) for six issues per week (Monday-Saturday). Here’s the opening of its App Store intro:
The Guardian iPad edition beautifully re-imagines the newspaper for the iPad. Each issue showcases our comprehensive international reporting, thoughtful commentary, award-winning sports journalism and unique approach to coverage of culture, science, the environment, media and technology.
I mentioned the other day that The Guardian iPad Edition is coming soon to the iPad App Store.
It looks like soon may end up being very soon indeed. The Guardian’s editor recently tweeted ‘any day now’ in relation to the expected release date.
More good news – the app will be free for three months, followed presumably by subscription options.
Here’s hoping we see this hit the App Store this week
Here’s something I’ve been looking forward to hearing for a long while now:
The Guardian iPad edition, which is launching very soon, will showcase our comprehensive international reporting, thoughtful commentary, award-winning sports journalism and unique approach to coverage of culture, science and technology in a format completely re-imagined for the iPad.
I spent a number of years living in the UK, and The Guardian was and remains a big favorite title amongst a number of quality newspapers published there. It’s a newspaper that is rightly recognized for both the superb quality of writing found in it and for its design and style.
According to a report this week at Bloomberg.com, The Daily – the first iPad-only newspaper – is struggling for readers and not coming close to the initial targets set for it to be profitable.
News Corp. (NWSA)’s the Daily is averaging about 120,000 readers a week, or less than a quarter the number the company said it needs to make money, according to an advertising executive working with the iPad-only publication. …
The Daily’s audience is short of the 500,000 subscribers that Murdoch said in February would allow the publication to break even.
And that 120,000 figure is for weekly unique visitors – so their paid subscribers number may be even lower.
Although The Daily has had some major flaws, I think it’s quite a good title for the iPad. I hope News Corp is able to be patient with it and see whether it can pick up momentum and readership. It would be sad to see the first iPad-only newspaper fail.
I know we have a number of readers and subscribers to The Daily here. What do you all think of it? Are you happy with what you’re getting for your subscription?
Via: The iPad Fan
The Daily – the first iPad-only newspaper – has been updated this week, to Version 1.1.1.
The big change in this update is that the app is now available in iTunes App Stores around the world.
As I’m in the US I haven’t a reason to follow how the app has rolled out internationally up to now, but this is the first mention of it that I can recall. Was it US only up to now? If you’re a potential or new international reader of The Daily, let me know in the comments whether the app was available in your country before this week.
The Daily, although it still has some notable flaws, has grown on me over recent months. It’s definitely one of my favorite iPad news titles.
U.S. News Weekly for the iPad is the new iPad edition, or ‘digital magazine’ from the editors of U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report is the latest long-established, blue-chip name in the world of print publications to launch an iPad title.
The good news for iPad-owning fans of U.S. News & World Report is that there is now an iPad edition and it’s only 99 cents for a month’s subscription. The bad news is that the quality of the iPad edition is nowhere near the quality of the print title.
Of course the content is good, but there is very little about this app that feels anything like a real iPad edition.
The New York Times is now offering subscriptions in its NYTimes for iPad app. It’s one of the first blue-chip newspaper titles to offer subscriptions via In-App purchase.
The NYTimes for iPad app was updated today, to Version 2.1.0 to add the In-App subscription options and one other new item – the addition of a new Sunday Review section.
There are currently two subscription plans to choose from, as follows:
— NYTimes + Tablet App: Unlimited access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes app for iPad. $19.99 per month.
— All Digital Access: Unlimited access to NYTimes.com and the NYTimes apps for iPad and smartphones. $34.99 per month.
I’ve never been a regular NYT reader or online subscriber, but I’m glad to see a flagship newspaper title embracing App Store subscriptions. Now that they’re in, I imagine many other major newspaper titles will soon follow suit.
For those of you who are regular NYT readers, what do you think of these new subscription plans? Are the prices appealing?
The New York Post is taking a rather original – and idiotic – approach to boosting subscriptions to their iPad edition. As 9to5Mac reported, they started blocking iPad access to their online site this weekend. If you try to go to nypost.com on the iPad you’re greeted with the screen shown above, insisting that you go download their app via the iPad App Store. Here’s the relevant text on that page:
Thanks for coming! NYPOST.com editorial content is now only accessible on the iPad through the New York Post App. If you are a current New York Post App subscriber, please visit the App Store and download the latest version to access NYPOST.com through the INDEX. If you are not a current New York Post App user and would like to subscribe, please download from theApp Store. Thank you.
And here’s the icing on the cake of this clumsy move: their app isn’t even free like 99% of newspaper apps (it costs $1.99), there’s no sponsored free trial period, there is no option to purchase single issues, and subscriptions start at $6.99 a month.
Good luck with that.
The Times of London – the iPad edition of the popular British broadsheet newspaper – has been updated this week, to Version 2.4. One of the most notable changes in the update is that the title will now offer multiple editions on ‘big news days’. Up to now, a new edition has been issued daily.
This is nice step for the paper, but it’s still got a long way to go to catch up with titles like (sister publication) The Daily, USA Today, and others that are updated continually throughout each day – or that may never be part of the plan for The Times’ iPad version.
Here’s the full list of changes in the 2.4 update:
We have comprehensively updated the content and functionality of the Times iPad edition.
New features include:
Multiple editions on big news days
An improved reading experience in both orientations
The Saturday package as you’ve never seen it – featuring the Magazine, Weekend, Saturday Review and Sport
Animation-rich interactive graphics
Exclusive digital content from the archive
More Mind Games – complete our three Su Doku puzzles against the clock
One nice change I noticed straight away after updating the app is that it now downloads a new issue mostly in the background, and lets you begin reading it when it only around 15-20% downloaded.
Here’s an App Store link for The Times of London; it’s a free app with subscription options available via In-App purchase.