Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Media app updates: The Economist works through bugs on its tablet edition, Saveur ads iPhone support, TNM fixes bugs; Apple issues updates to its iOS apps

With the release of the new Mac OS, Mountain Lion, one would expect a slew of updates to Mac apps, but quite a number of important updates have been issued today to media apps and Apple iOS apps, as well.
The Economist today issued what it termed a "critical update" to its iPad app, The Economist for iPad. The update fixes some, but apparently not all of the issues that are preventing readers from accessing all the content. The developers promise another update to address lingering problems.

Saveur, Bonnier's international food magazine, which chose to issue a disappointing tablet edition that was a replica, rather than follow the technology group by using the Mag+ platform, has issued an update that adds iPhone support. The update to the universal app Saveur now includes the ability to read two-page spreads in landscape as well as portrait.

The cooking category, though, is still waiting for its killer tablet magazine.

The Next Web, which is one of several web properties that have launched companion tablet magazines, has updated its app TNW Magazine. The update fixes bugs and updates the interface. TNW is taking a rather unique approach by asking readers to subscribe, yet offering the issues for free at the same time. We used to do this in the B2B magazine business as a way of asking readers for financial support. (It usually generated few takers.)

Apple has not only launched its new Mac OS today, and updated its Mac iWork apps, but it has also issued updates to the iOS versions of iWork, as well – Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

The updates are necessitated by the way the new Mac OS, Mountain Lion, allows users to save documents to iCloud for accessing on their iOS devices. The Mac updates, in other words, require updates to the iOS apps for the system to work.

Each of these iOS apps is a large download, with each app being over 200 MB in size.