Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apple's team starts releasing media apps with support for Newsstand into the App Store

A little birdie had told me that Apple was holding apps back from the App Store that contained support for their Newsstand app that will be found in iOS 5. But with the release of the new OS tomorrow, and there being, no doubt, a back log of apps to move, Apple is releasing media apps now.

One of the first I've seen is Bonnier's iPad app for Popular Science+. The app has just appeared as an update and only lists support for Newsstand as what's new in the app.

And as I was writing this another magazine, also from Bonnier, has been updated. Sound+Vision also lists Newsstand support as what is new in the app.

Those TNM readers anxious to see their apps in Newsstand – we know who you are – won't have to wait much longer.

That was quick: Apple, having just released iTunes 10.5, has just now released the beta version if iTunes 10.5.1 to developers. The beta iTunes software warns developers that their "iCloud libraries will be deleted at the end of this beta."

There are also some "known" issues that show that Apple is not quite there yet: "The scan & match feature is not yet complete ...Some songs may not match (even if they is available in the iTunes Store) and will be uploaded to iCloud ... Other songs may match to a different version of the same song on the iTunes Store."