Monday, October 15, 2012

Magzter issues updates to its previously released iPad editions; NewspaperDirect updates its own newsstand universal iOS app

It's not just individual developers that have to issue updates when a new OS is released. Newsstand developers, too, need to issue updates – but in this case, to a whole catalog of apps.

Over the past few days Magzter has been issuing lots of updated apps to make them compliant with iOS 6 and to fix bugs, in general.

One the apps updated is Columbia Journalism Review. The fact that the CJR would have chosen to go with a replica maker shouldn't surprise anyone. American journalism has been unimaginative and cheap for years, no reason for a magazine that represents the industry to do any different.

I suppose one should give the team there at least a little credit for doing something on tablets as you won't find any of the magazine trade industry magazines following suit.

These are dark days for the B2B industry in the U.S.

NewspaperDirect issued an update this morning for its own PressReader universal app.

NewspaperDirect has been issuing branded apps for its newspaper clients, but its own app gathers over 2,200 newspapers into a digital newsstand.

Unlike other newsstand apps, however, the NewspaperDirect app offers the reader a better reading experience than the simply replica approach followed by other newsstands (Next Issue being an exception, as well).

Apple pretty consistently promotes media apps – and apps, in general. Each category has a select group of apps highlighted on top of the pages in iTunes.

But Apple also gathers together apps into special units occasionally to help newbies download apps that will make their iPhone or iPad experience better.

One of these collections is the Apps Starter Kit for the iPad, and it is always interesting to see what Apple includes. There are 30 apps in total including two newspapers: the NYTimes for iPad and The Daily.

Many of the apps are Apple's own, but also here is Amazon's branded app. Social media apps from Twitter (which is terrible) and Facebook (which is OK) are here, as well.

The same collection for the iPhone is very similar, though The Daily is missing, as you'd expect. Instead, the collection leans more towards activity apps such as Nike+ Running and Taxi Magic.

Missing from both collections are any magazine apps, possibly due to the sheer number of them, I suppose.