Magazines won't download in the background?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by lsquare, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. lsquare macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    So I started using Newsstand earlier today and is it just me or that magazines won't download in the background if I decide to use the browser? The minute I get out of the magazine app, everything stops. I don't want to sit there and wait because each magazine is like 650MB each so it'll take time even on a 15Mbit/sec connection. Even if I don't get out of the app, the download stops if the screen turns off.

    Any tips on what I can do to eliminate these quirks?
  2. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Stop reading magazines?

    650mb is a serious download but should not take that long on WiFi
  3. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Wait for Apple to release a fix, if they choose to, in the form of a new iOS update.
  4. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    More than 10 min. and I need to keep the iPad active or it won't finish the download. It's very annoying. How are you guys dealing with it?
  5. mattraehl macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2005
    Magazines need to stop rendering text out to images. Download sizes are getting ridiculous.
  6. iMacDragon macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Blame adobe, from what I understand of the situation.

    Zinio mags don't do this.
  7. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    It depends on the app. Developers are able to code their apps to take advantage of background downloading in Newsstand (under iOS 5), but some app's do not take advantage of it. Even under iOS 4 developers could have their downloads continue in the background for 10 minutes. The issue is with the app developer, not Apple.
  8. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    A lot of the app developers haven't even updated their apps for the retina display yet, so they might add updates related to background downloads at the same time.
  9. Martyimac macrumors 65816


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    I have seen the same thing, I just keep the iPAd active until the DL is complete.
  10. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    Suggestion for an easy way to keep the iPad active?
  11. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    All of my magazines:

    will not load in the background
    will not load if the screen goes off

    You cannot have multiple magazines downloading
    If you start a second magazine download the first one is halted and does not automatically resume

    What ever you do....stay away from magazine download on LTE or say bye bye to your data (unless you're on ulimited then you habe to 5GB before being throttled).
  12. Martyimac macrumors 65816


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    If I suspect it will take a while, I turn off auto-lock before I start, or if it's started already I still go in and turn off auto-lock then go back to the DL and let it continue on.
  13. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
  14. AceCoolie macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    I think this is a symptom of Apple's lame multitasking. There are many situations like this that I run into where I would like to let an app continue in the background.
  15. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    I've noticed this as well. This is due to a combination of Apple's multitasking system as well as a crap developer who doesn't know how to program for paused status apps. Apple originally alleviated this problem by having magazines download via the iBook store but then the publishers kept pushing for in-app purchases. So now that these ******s have in-app purchasing, (they really wanted your credit card number, e-mail, and address so they can hound you for subscriptions) the publishers don't understand how to make apps properly. This is really one of the best reasons for aggregation to a single app that Apple produces because this in-app purchasing is BS. When you don't control the experience from head to toe, this is what happens.
  16. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    This is an App problem, not an iOS problem.

    Apple put in place API's that let apps carry on background tasks after it has been closed in iOS 4.0.

    The developers of the App need to add these features to their app like others have, they have been available for 2 years now, so they don't have much of an excuse.
  17. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    iOS 4 added 10 minutes of background download time, which may not be enough for a magazine download to complete. However, it should still let you resume your download.

    iOS 5 added unlimited background download time for Newsstand apps.

    But again, the app developer has to add these or you get zero background (lock screen or another app) download time. Some magazines have been updated, and others haven't it would seem.
  18. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    And while they don't have any interactive content (personal don't want it but YMMV), mags on Zinio are far smaller (avg. 35 MB for my Auto mags) and will download in the background.
  19. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    Can you please provide your source for your 5GB throttle statement.
  20. Dkorda macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    This has been discussed a million times. Here's the bottom line..

    AT&T is NOT throttling tablets with unlimited data!!!
  21. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    Hence the reason why I asked for their source!
  22. thelead macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Don't ever say anything negative about apple products here. They are all perfect and just become even more perfect with each revision :rolleyes:
  23. Dkorda macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    It's probably on the AT&T site.
  24. thatoneguy82, Apr 19, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012

    thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    Yes. This happens/happened to me as well. I subscribe to about 5 magazines and when I got my new iPad, restoring the back issues took forever. And yes, I needed/wanted the back issues instead of just having the current one since the issues are included to my account. Having back issues is always a good thing when reading magazines. In any case, I proceeded to download/restore the back issues for all the magazines I had. However, it didn't allow me to download more than one issue at a time. So, I just let the back issues download and went back to normal iPad usage. 15-20 minutes later, the progress bar had not moved at all for any of them. It's irritating. Even at my 25MBps speed, 600-700MB seems to take forever. Especially when you are downloading back issues and waiting for one to finish and start the download.

    The automatic downloads doesn't download the magazines. I don't know if it's related to it but I receive a notification when there's a new issue. I have to go to the magazine and download it manually. Also, isn't it only applicable to Music, Apps and Books as listed?

    Turns out new magazine issues can be downloaded in the background if turned on via the Settings in the Store.


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