Monday, April 30, 2012

Magazine publishers continuing issuing updates to their tablet apps to take into account the new iPad's 'retina' display; The New Republic and Installation the latest

Slowly but surely magazine publishers are issuing updates to their tablet apps that make an adjustment for the new iPad's higher resolution display. Two of the latest to issue updates are The New Republic for iPad and the independent title Installation Magazine, an art magazine.

The New Republic recently got a new majority owner, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Three weeks later the magazine dropped its paywall. While this move might have been done at the urging of the new owner, most likely we won't see major changes to the editorial direction of the magazine for another month or two due to the dynamics of the publishing schedule.

The New Republic's digital edition is available for $3.99 per month or $39.99 for an annual subscription. The app gives you access to both the print edition and the web edition, and states that the app is free for the first 14 days. We'll see if they change this model soon

Installation Magazine, which launched inside Newsstand in mid-March, has also issued an update to its iPad app in order to take advantage of the higher resolution display of the new iPad. The magazine centers on the art community in Los Angeles, so higher resolution graphics make perfect sense for this title.