The REAL big problem with the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by onthecoast, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. onthecoast macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2010
    The REAL big problem with the iPad is the lack of a centralised store for newspaper and magazine subscriptions. All publishers of magazines seemed to be having wet dreams about this device, yet no magazines were showcased and the NYT app wasn't really revolutionary...

    The iPad was supposed to revolutionise the mag/newspaper industry... it didn't.
  2. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    well just like iphone i bet this is something that will come in time. developing magazines and stores for them requires their assistance in the design phase and apple won't tip their hand like that. i am sure that a major OS update 6-12 months after launch will improve the book/magazine/tv/movie stuff considerably. still not on board yet though, but i don't think it was realistic to have a vision of the future of magazines ready and keep the device itself secret.
  3. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...

    I'm sure Apple kept that in mind. The door is probably still open.

    Habitus :apple:
  4. D A macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    The release is still 2 months away so there should be plenty of time for the publishers to come up with something. They probably haven't had enough time with the iPad before today to have something to show at the keynote.
  5. baleensavage macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2005
    On an island in Maine
    My thoughts exactly. Apple's answer to this was a stupid eBook store. Kindle has been a drastic failure in the education world because the eBook format is so inflexible. Apple could have done soooooo much better on that end.
  6. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    kind of hard to do that when apple wouldnt let many people see/use the device.

    give it time.
  7. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I agree with this. the NYT presentation was just something they made themselves in the App Store. I was expecting something centralized for viewing magazines like the iBook application.

    Instead it will be just up to publishers to make use of it, without any standards. Certainly not what I was expecting on that front.
  8. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    The App Store is where you will be able to subscribe to magazines. Standard print format is all but dead as a log in this medium. The big money will be in the hands of the media app developers.
  9. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    I agree, Zinio already has an app for the iPhone and it will scale to the iPad easily. They have a fair share of popular magazines already in digital form. They or any other company with this type of distribution app will get fight for the space on the iPad's screen.

    As stated already, were still 60 days out and Apple has plenty of time to work out deals with the publishers. This was just announced, not released, lots can change between now and then.

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