Thursday, December 13, 2012

Media app updates deal with bringing the tablet magazine experience to the iPhone in optimized mobile versions: BJPhoto, Food Network On the Road, Maclean's

It looks like this is going to be a very busy day for looking at new tablet editions – and updates to existing apps, as well.

Three media app updates were released last night that all involve iPad apps that have migrated to the iPhone. BJPhoto: iPhone Edition is the iPhone version of the iPad magazine, created using the Mag+ platform. The iPhone version was released in July as one of the first magazine apps that is using the platform to create an edition designed specifically for the iPhone (and iPod touch, of course).

The app has some bugs so this update is designed to solve some of those issues. The update also locks the orientation to portrait for handheld reading.
Food Network On the Road (Official) was released back in August as an iPad app (at least that is what I remember). This update brings the app up to version 1.1 and is now universal.

The update also fixes bugs associated with iOS 6. To repeat something I've written in the past, iOS 6 seems to have created havoc with a lot of apps. So many apps have had to be updated due to bugs associated with the latest version of iOS that one has to conclude that iOS 6 is the least stable and reliable version of the mobile operating system Apple has released.
The update for Food Network On the Road, not to be confused with the Hearst magazine for the Food Network, also beings support for the iPhone 5, as you can see here.

The once iPad-only app for Maclean's Magazine has been updated today to make the app universal.

Maclean's is one of Canada's most popular and famous news magazines, and the app offers readers new to the app or the magazine a one month free trial – so it is worth checking out.

The update is extensive, and proudly points out that the iPhone version of the magazine is not just a reduced down rendition of the tablet edition but has "been re-formatted to display on the iPhone screen."

The update goes all the way in supporting the iPhone as the app has been optimized for the iPhone 5 – as all these apps updated have.