iPad Publishers Still Boning Up Magazines And Ads

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Few iPad publications include interactive or immersive ads (source: Kantar Media)
Few iPad publications include interactive or immersive ads (source: Kantar Media)

The iPad’s Retina Display Spells The End For Bloated Magazine Apps

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The iPad's new Retina Display could spell doom for already-bloated magazine apps
The iPad's new Retina Display could spell doom for already-bloated magazine apps

The iPad’s new Retina display is going to look fantastic. Reading text, for instance, is going to be like reading text in a real magazine, only brighter. This is great news for us, the readers, but not so good for the designers and publishers. Why not? Because many iPad magazines use bitmap images to make their pages. At normal resolution, this works out to perhaps 150-300kB per page, according to David Sleight of Stuntbox. When resized for the Retina display, that goes up to 2MB. Per page.

Apple Pulls First Subscription-Based iOS Game From The App Store [Updated]

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Apple’s App Subscription Plan Has Been On Table For Months But Print Mags Aren’t Interested

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Even though the introduction of the iPad-only publicationThe Daily is slated to also herald the coming of iTunes app subscriptions early next year, don’t necessarily expect that move to suddenly make your iPad a digital stand-in for the local newsstand: traditional magazine publishers remain skeptical of Cupertino’s app subscription plan because of the company’s refusal to share credit and billing information.