Monday, March 26, 2012

Condé Nast begins releasing app updates for its tablet editions to support the new iPad's 'retina' display

Whether they are responding to some of the criticism of their tablet editions, or simply continuing with their own plans, Condé Nast began to issue app updates for their digital magazines so that they can take advantage of the higher resolution display of the new iPad.
This morning app updates were released for GQ, Wired and Condé Nast Traveler.

An app update was also released for Vogue on March 16 that was related to the new iPad, as well.

All the updated apps say that the new support for higher resolution magazines will begin with the April issues – meaning, I guess, that back issues will not see updates to their files.

Several websites, including Mashable, voiced complaints about how bad some of the back issues of magazines looked on the new iPad.

To be honest, it certainly appears as though Condé Nast was planning on adjusting to the new iPad all along. But the way publishers are adjusting is bound to be controversial, as well: upping the file sizes of their digital editions by changing from .png files to .pdf. The change, though, will certainly lead to better looking magazines. Whether publishers and vendors can increase download times to compensate will be one the challenges that must be faced.