news apps that will auto-download?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by laser310, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. laser310 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2009
    i have ordered an ipad for my wife who commutes on the train.

    of course, we won't have it for a few weeks, but that's another thread...

    anyway, i did get a 3g model, but it would be nice to save the 3g quota for things that need to be done in real time.

    she leaves the house before 6am, and will not have time to manually download anything over wifi, before she leaves.

    do any newspaper apps (new york times, wsj, etc..) have a feature where you can set the app to automatically download that day's early edition of the newspaper - say at 5:00am...?

    if so, then she can just grab the thing as she runs out the door..., and read the news on the train.

    reading about the NYT app, it seems that the new version _might_ do something like this, but it's not clear.

    same with the financial times app - it might, but it's not clear.
  2. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Not sure about the scheduling part, but you might give instapaper and offline pages a look. I haven't used them personally, but it looks like they might work.
  3. DylanG macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2007
    That would be nice, wouldn't it? But Apple doesn't allow that functionality. There are a number of apps dedicated to offline reading and many that will download and store news. But they all require the app to be launched by the user.
  4. laser310 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2009
    i looked at instapaper, and offline pages.

    instapaper does not appear to do anything automatically.

    offline pages does seem to have an automated feature in the "pro" version:

    but i doubt it will load the whole NY Times...

    in what way has apple disallowed this technology?
  5. DylanG macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2007
    Apple is restrictive about what apps can do when not in the foreground. There is a small set of approved activities for multitasking. Waking up to retrieve network data isn't one of them. The idea is that you can feel safe that apps you install aren't using battery, network bandwidth, or generally doing things you are unaware of when not visible. I'm not arguing for this level of restriction but that's why it exists.

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