The Daily – the first ever iPad-only newspaper – had its first update yesterday. It wasn’t a big update and one of the main changes was promised improvements in performance and stability. So you might ask whether this update has delivered real improvement as promised. The answer is Yes, but only a little. A few quick observations that color my answer:
— The app does now load new issues a bit faster, but still not in anything like an acceptable time. It’s taking between 20-30 seconds for me. And it still does this not just once a day in the morning for a full new issue, but even at times during the day when it just loads incremental updates. That’s still very poor performance. The sort that will have most typical readers running for the hills I imagine.
— The primary navigation method of the app – the ‘carousel’ – still sucks. It’s still jerky at best and unresponsive at worst when using it. Not slick at all.
According to New York Times writer Jeremy W. Peters the highly-anticipated iPad-only newspaper title from News Corp – The Daily – will launch next Wednesday, February 2, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Peters also says that Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of Internet Services, will be there for the announcement. Here’s what Fast Company has to say about Cue’s role at Apple:
Cue runs arguably the most disruptive 21st-century Web businesses: iTunes and the App Store …
If Peters’ information is accurate then hopefully we’ll hear about a new subscription model for not just The Daily, but for all newspaper and magazine titles on the iPad. About time too.
This is the second time we’ve seen rumors of a specific date for The Daily’s launch – here’s hoping this one proves true.
UPDATE: This is now confirmed – as Apple and News Corp have issued invites to the launch. New post on this coming in just a few.
News Via: Gizmodo