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iOS 7: NYTimes Update

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 18th, 2013

One of the biggest and yet least talked about features of iOS 7 is the changes to the UIKit that allows developers to create interactions and animations for their apps. The New York Times has taken full advantage of that in this update to the iPhone and iPad versions of it's app. A full list of the updates are listed below:

• Cleaner, more modern visuals, smoother transitions, easier navigation throughout the app and faster swiping between articles
• NEW: Swiping between sections allows for effortless browsing of the breadth of New York Times content. Re-order your section swiping at any time by tapping Edit from the Sections list.
• NEW: Share articles via AirDrop
• NEW: Refreshed article design, redesigned Photos and Videos sections and improved slide show viewing with faster swiping and larger viewing area
• NEW: Support for iOS 7's universal text size setting -- you can set your device's text size once in the Settings app, and the NYTimes app's text size will change accordingly
• Search bar is now conveniently placed at the top of the sections list
• Prominent display of large photography and images at the top of sections
• Sharing by email now includes subject line
• Save and share articles at any time by tapping the action button at the top right of articles

The Real New York Times Is Now On The iPad

Posted by Chris Hall on October 15th, 2010
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Remember the olden days (yesterday) when the crummy iPad version of the New York Times was just an abridged version called "editor's choice?" Well not anymore! With the latest update (2.0), the New York Times app now shows more than 25 sections from the famed paper, as well as 50 NYTimes.com blogs.

All that users have to do to get this new content is to complete a free in-app registration form, or already be a an existing NYTimes member. The catch is that early next year, the NYTimes app will be moving to a subscription model. The Times hasn't released their price points for the subscription, but the days of free are coming to an end. After the price model hits, freeloaders will be back to just viewing the Top News, Most E-Mailed, Business Day, and video.

“When we go to the pay model, there will always be something you can access without having a paid subscription,” Namini, SVP of marketing and circulation, said. “Whether it will be the free four sections you get without registering or something different, that’s to be determined later. But to access everything in full, a paid subscription will be required.”

Like all newspapers, the New York Times iPad edition, even after the price model hits, will keep on its advertising, and is in fact sold out for almost the entirety of next year. Judging by how popular the "Editor's Choice" app was (it was downloaded 650,000 times since April), it would be crazy for them to not jump on board. This is the New York Times after all.

So feel free to drop your silly Kindle subscriptions any time now. With the new update, you can view the New York Times, in its entirety, in color. Now isn't that pretty?

[Source: PaidContent]

iOS: The 21st Century's Printing Press?

Posted by Zach Sims on July 7th, 2010

I've written in the past about the iPad's impact on the magazine industry, but the iPad remains just as important to newspapers as it is to magazines. The Congressional Research Service's 2009 report on the newspaper industry found that this could be the "worst financial crisis [for the newspaper industry] since the Great Depression." Tablets and new form factors have brought new hope to the industry and many newspapers have made the iPad a crucial pillar in their digital strategy. Beyond paywalls, the iPad represents a significant potential revenue source. The iPad's release has brought with it scores of digital newspapers, among them storied brands like the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Times of London.

[caption id="attachment_40896" align="alignright" width="225" caption="The WSJ App\'s Front Page"]

[/caption]New Form Factor, New Opportunities
The iPad is one of the first computing platforms to mimic the form factor of magazines and newspapers. Many newspapers have tried to port their publications to the iPad while maintaining many of the same visual styles and layouts that their readers are accustomed to. Some attempt to add interactivity in the same manner WIRED Magazine did, with the occasional slideshow and manipulable photographs.

Yet despite the traditionalism of most of the newspaper apps, I've found them invaluable. No longer is it necessary to carry a newspaper or two around. The iPad is an invaluable companion on a commute. I've found myself downloading all three of my favorite newspapers (the WSJ, FT, and NYT) in the morning and reading them all on the train. It really is terrific to have the iPad function as an all-in-one book, newspaper, and magazine reader. The Kindle may have the ability to download newspapers, but its functionality is nowhere near as robust as that provided by the iPad.

Highlights and Disappointments
The Financial Times application has been my favorite thus far. The app also won an Apple Design Award this year. The app includes the FT's terrific content in a well designed layout, with great video content no more than a touch away. [caption id="attachment_40895" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Financial Times App\'s Markets Section"]

[/caption]Moving between articles and sections is intuitive, and it doesn't take much time to download an edition on the way to work. The app adds serious value, however, by linking into real time financial information. The FT, a paper designed for businessmen, allows users to look at the financial markets at a glance, providing a great overview of the currency, stock, and equities markets. The WSJ has some great features as well, including the ability to save articles and editions for later. I like how the app keeps the past couple of editions of the paper for perusal. The New York Times, not to be left behind, has also released a solid application.

There are, however, still problems with each application. One is common to all newspaper and content applications in the App Store - the inability to download content in the background. Instapaper developer Marco Arment has lamented the issue in a great post about iOS4. We can only hope that Apple will start including some mechanism to allow users to download content in the background with a future OS update.

As with magazines, newspapers are seeing reinvention and innovation on the iPad. Established media brands have begun paying serious attention to the platform, and it promises to pay off for them in the future.