Today in Apple history: World’s first iPad-only newspaper starts to crumble

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The Daily was a great, but ultimately failed, experiment.
Photo: The Daily

July 31 July 31, 2012: The world’s first iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, lays off almost a third of its staff, signaling the demise of a bold publishing experiment.

The deep cuts — The Daily fired 50 of its 170 employees — affect mainly sports and editorial page staff, although some production and design employees get the ax, too. The ominous move comes as the news-oriented iPad app gets placed “on watch” due to disappointing readership numbers.

R.I.P. The Daily, The World’s First iPad-Only Newspaper

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As of next month, The Daily will be no more.
As of next month, The Daily will be no more.

News Corp. has announced that it will cease publication of The Daily on December 15, less than two years after the iPad-only newspaper made its debut. The company has said that “technology and other assets from The Daily, including some staff,” will be folded into its New York Post tabloid.

Report: iOS 4.3, iTunes Subscriptions and News Corp’s iPad Magazine Delayed Until 2011

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The past week’s rumor cycle has consistently pegged early December as the date when Apple would simultaneously introduce iOS 4.3, iTunes in-app subscription support and News Corp’s new iPad-only magazine, The Daily… but according to sources, that date is very likely aggressive, and the actual rollout has been delayed until early 2011.

Report: News Corp’s New Subscription iPad Magazine To Be Debuted By Steve Jobs Later This Month

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Both Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs agree: devices like the iPad are the future of media, and the death of print.

It looks, however, like Apple and News Corp. might be working more closely to bring that end about than it was previously thought: according to WWD, Apple is helping News Corp. build an iPad-only, subscription-based newspaper to devices in early 2011… and Steve Jobs himself might debut it.