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News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch will launch an iPad-only newspaper in December.  (Source: Skuggen.com)
Will support subscription-based services in iTunes

Though iOS 4.2.1 just began rolling out earlier this week, reports are emerging that Apple is already planning another update, iOS 4.3, for mid-December.

The new update is closely linked with the rumored launch of Rupert Murdoch's new pet-project, an iPad-only newspaper called The Daily. Here's what Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., told Fox Business (a News Corp. subsidiary):

News Corp. has spent the last three months assembling a newsroom that will soon be about 100 staffers strong. The Daily will launch in beta mode sometime around Christmas, and will be introduced to the public on the iPad and other tablet devices in early 2011. It is expected to cost 99 cents a week, or about $4.25 a month. It will come out — as the name suggests — seven days a week.

According to DaringFireballthe 99-cent weekly (or $4.25 monthly) charge will be billed directly through iTunes, without a central "iNews"-type app. Subscription-based charging, obviously, would be required. However, this functionality is not present on even the iOS 4.2. 

MacStories is reporting that since 4.2.1 was delayed, this is causing the two updates to be so closely timed. But Apple had always been planning to launch 4.3 on December 13, a Monday. This date is close to a rumored December 9 launch of Murdoch's Daily.

If nothing less, we should expect to hear a major announcement by Apple about the new update and The Daily on or before December 9.



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$0.99?
By Flunk on 11/24/2010 8:48:34 AM , Rating: 2
I can't believe they plan to sell an online-online newspaper for $0.99. You can get news online for nothing.




RE: $0.99?
By dani31 on 11/24/2010 8:56:03 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
You can get news online for nothing.


Yeah but this way you'll just get them.


RE: $0.99?
By Da W on 11/24/2010 9:55:45 AM , Rating: 2
You pay for a selection of news instead of relying on a search engine.


RE: $0.99?
By omnicronx on 11/24/2010 9:32:37 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize many people still have newspaper subscriptions in which they pay far more than 99 cents a week.


RE: $0.99?
By Gungel on 11/24/2010 10:01:37 AM , Rating: 5
Yes, they do because they don't like to read news online. That audience is not switching anyway.


RE: $0.99?
By DougF on 11/24/2010 10:36:10 AM , Rating: 5
Not just that, I like to have a large piece of paper that:
A) I can scan lots of articles faster than on a PC, laptop, or iPad;
B) I can move to different locations easier than an PC or laptop;
C) Has no batteries or power cords (does require ambient light, tho);
D) I can fold (resize) as needed;
E) I can use to fan the air in the royal reading room;
F) I can shift to different sections faster than pages upload on browsers (any browser on any PC);
G) I can drop and not worry about expensive repairs;
H) I can take out my anger at stupid authors/journos by ripping it up;
I) I can use to stop the table from tilting, line the parrot's cage, wrap fragile items for shipping, kill insects, discipline the dog, etc.


RE: $0.99?
By hiscross on 11/27/10, Rating: 0
RE: $0.99?
By priusone on 11/24/2010 10:12:28 AM , Rating: 2
Apps have been available for Windows Mobile and Palm for over a decade, so why is everyone going nuts over these 'app stores'? Duh, it's easy to get to the content that you want.

Do any of you use fileserve, megaupload or rapidshare? I do, and I pay $9 a month, on one of them, for the privilege of not having to deal with the hassles of the free version. They are going to have 100 people making sure the customer paying $.99 cents a week has a pleasant and easy to use experience.


RE: $0.99?
By Aloonatic on 11/24/2010 12:00:53 PM , Rating: 2
Some newspapers contain more than just "this happened yesterday" and the odd advert.

For a long time now, "newspaper" has been something of a misnomer, since the internet took over the job of delivering "news", in the sense of what is happening, to people. Since then, newspapers have moved on to provide more, different types of content with investigative pieces, articles, columns (celebrity/journalistic) and the like, which are essentially unique to that "paper", so not simply available on-line. As well that, they do report on what is going on in the world, but that is often heavily editorialised, which suits some people's personal preference.

I can't say that I will be subscribing any time soon. I thought that "The Times" has been available on-line via a subscription for a while now in the UK. Not sure how that Murdoch lead experiment is going though. I seem to recall that there was quite a bit of resistance to the suggestion when it was first raised.


RE: $0.99?
By AlexWade on 11/24/2010 12:58:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can't believe they plan to sell an online-online newspaper for $0.99. You can get news online for nothing.


I can't believe Steve Jobs partnered with the man behind Fox News. I don't know Steve's political leanings, but something tells me he would refer to Fox News as Faux News. (Of course, MSNBC is faux news, CNN is faux news, NPR is faux news, AP is faux news, ABC is faux news, and well you get the idea.)


RE: $0.99?
By name99 on 11/24/2010 7:19:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm no fan of Murdoch but

(a) the "partnership" here consists of Apple providing a new way of billing for apps, which Murdoch intends to use. Apple have changed how apps can bill in the past, and they will undoubtedly do so again.
It's not like Apple will be selling iPads that have Fox/Murdoch apps installed on them by default, with one years free subscription.

(b) What is the alternative? You'd prefer that Jobs stand up and say "God damnit, no way will I allow Murdoch's newspaper on my computers. I demand that all Apple customers subscribe to my political beliefs and I WILL prevent them from seeing alternative viewpoints"?
THAT's going to go down well with approximately 97% of the US population.

And BTW saying things like "they plan to sell an online newspaper..." is lazy. The "they" here is News Corp, it's not some vaguely defined shadowy entity, neither is it some sort of alliance of Apple and News Corp.


RE: $0.99?
By ctodd on 11/24/2010 9:54:59 PM , Rating: 2
There is no need to agree or disagree with each other's politics. It comes down to the all mighty dollar. I watch Fox and CNN. I read USA Today, Fox, CNN, etc. online. A lot of people will not pay for this service, but some may. When the business model fails, he will either close up shop or change it. Besides, why do you care so much? He's not transforming the landscape of future online media. He's simply hanging on to the business model he has known for most of his life. When it fails, and it very likely will, he will move on and so will we.


RE: $0.99?
By MCKENZIE1130 on 11/29/2010 8:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
In order to meet Christmas, Some commodities have been, discount .In addition Buy $ 300 and receive a free glasses or a wallet, as a Christmas gift . welcome all friends to order. Reputation, quality, absolute guarantee. please log in: http://www.fashionsb.com . so what, move your mouse .


not iPad only...
By Moishe on 11/24/2010 8:59:19 AM , Rating: 2
Article:
quote:
an iPad-only newspaper


Murdoch quote:
quote:
will be introduced to the public on the iPad and other tablet devices in early 2011


iPad only.... would be amazingly stupid.




RE: not iPad only...
By Anoxanmore on 11/24/2010 9:31:24 AM , Rating: 3
quote:

by Moishe on November 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

iPad only.... would be amazingly stupid.

Yes it would. Yet, this is Fox we are talking about... ;-)


RE: not iPad only...
By talozin on 11/24/2010 10:43:09 AM , Rating: 3
"Mr. Ailes is certainly making money. At a time when the broadcast networks are struggling with diminishing audiences and profits in news, he has built Fox News into the profit engine of the News Corporation. Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined."

(Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/business/media/1...

In short: Fox may be evil, but they definitely aren't stupid.


RE: not iPad only...
By Anoxanmore on 11/24/2010 12:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
Of course they are making money, they are run by the GOP. :)


RE: not iPad only...
By talozin on 11/24/2010 1:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
In rebuttal, I give you the United States of America, 2000-2006. :)


RE: not iPad only...
By Anoxanmore on 11/24/2010 1:25:27 PM , Rating: 2
Oh ho!

I raise your rebuttal and counter with United States of America 1982. :-P


RE: not iPad only...
By AlexWade on 11/24/2010 1:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
Fox is no more or less evil than every mainstream media outlet. If you want the truth about the liberals, watch Fox News. If you want the truth about conservatives, watch anybody else. The reason why Fox News is so successful is they have no competition for conservative viewers. They know this, and so they successfully exploit this.


RE: not iPad only...
By talozin on 11/24/2010 1:11:00 PM , Rating: 2
Fox is no more or less evil than every mainstream media outlet.

Good lord, they're that evil? I had no idea it was so bad.

(half-:) )


RE: not iPad only...
By sfi2k7 on 11/26/2010 3:37:07 AM , Rating: 2
Source of Light can not be compared to the the....Um..Um...Source of light wanna bes....


RE: not iPad only...
By DougF on 11/24/2010 10:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno, there are newspapers produced just for residents of various cities, and over 18 million iPads have been sold already, making his potential audience much larger than most cities.

Now, I do agree that making it "tablet" only is probably much smarter, but he's gotta start somewhere and so far most other tablets are still vaporware.


So... what about iOS 4.3?
By Ralos on 11/24/2010 9:57:50 AM , Rating: 3
This article tells us nothing about the feature of iOS 4.3, what's new in that update, and only seems to talk about this Murdoch news app soon available for the iPad.

Am I missing something or shouldn't the title have been something like "Murdoch plans for an iPad news app."

What's in it about iOS 4.3?




RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By cditty on 11/24/2010 10:34:53 AM , Rating: 2
What they need to do is get a music subscription service. I am using Zune Pass (free for 30 days with my phone) and it is great. To download and listen to a cd on release day and then pick 10 tracks a month to keep. Apple is lucky that Microsoft has a horrific ad agency that doesn't promote anything about Windows Phone properly. I hardly even use my iPhone anymore.


RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By Tony Swash on 11/24/10, Rating: 0
RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By talozin on 11/24/2010 12:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
Forms of thinking seen nowhere else, marching briskly forward into the past!

Oh, I don't know about "nowhere else". Haven't we seen politicians repeatedly try to explain their losses with the "we just didn't promote it well enough" line?

The thing is, sometimes that actually is a valid response. Sometimes people really are too thick-headed to see that they can get a better product, or the same product for less money, or whatever. The problem comes in assuming that the product is better for the reasons people buy the product, rather than for the reasons the maker intends.

Apple has put together a music ecosystem that is, in a lot of ways, very, very nice. The iPhone-iTunes Store integration is sheer genius; if I get a jones to hear, real world example, "Hurricane" by Bob Dylan, I can pull out the iPhone, search for it, find it, download it, and, assuming I'm in an area with a decent network, be listening to it within a minute or two. It's easy enough that you could do it while driving if you wanted to (although, of course, you shouldn't). It's a really good combination, and even most people who hate Apple acknowledge that.

But I can't say a subscription service might not improve that ecosystem even more. Some people don't use iTunes now and still wouldn't, so why pay for the service? Some people use it enough that it's about break-even. And for some people it'd be a great deal. A lot would depend on how it was implemented, how much it cost .. the details.

Not all of Microsoft's ideas are good. (Neither are all of Apple's, as you already know if you've ever used an original iMac mouse.) But just because an idea comes from Microsoft doesn't mean it's necessarily bad.


RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By muhahaaha on 11/24/2010 12:21:32 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I think you are retard. But stating that fact would actually offend the retarded, so I wont.


RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By Mitch101 on 11/24/2010 12:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
The latest commercials for Mobile 7 are starting to do that explaining how the tiles on the display update in real time telling you what is going on without having to get into the phone and look around or check page status.

This new platform had to start somewhere and it should be picking up. Microsoft already has 3,000 apps for the Mobile 7 and should have 10,000 by the new year. I have an avid iPhone person asking about the zune pass and likes the idea very much. Just waiting on Verizon now. 5 Weeks and counting?


RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By VashHT on 11/24/2010 10:36:43 AM , Rating: 2
Because 4.3 is updating to allow for subscription based news and magazines or something like that. If that's all they're updating though that is pretty damn lame.


RE: So... what about iOS 4.3?
By muhahaaha on 11/24/2010 12:18:29 PM , Rating: 3
iOS 4.3 simply adds the ability for Murdoch to charge for his biased POS "iNewspaper". It's not a real update to the OS, but a way for Murdoch/Apple to make some extra cash. Nothing to see here.


It just works.
By therealnickdanger on 11/24/2010 8:20:02 AM , Rating: 5
It's not a patch, it's magic dust.




RE: It just works.
By muhahaaha on 11/24/2010 1:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
When Jobs dies and gets cremated, I want to snort his ashes. iThink it will fix the problems with my life.


RE: It just works.
By DougF on 11/24/2010 1:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
However, it will only fix the problems with your iLife...LOL.


RE: It just works.
By muhahaaha on 11/24/2010 2:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
:P


Glenn Beck on my iPad? The horror! The horror!
By catbus99 on 11/24/2010 12:14:52 PM , Rating: 3
Of all the media moguls to partner with, why Murdoch? Regardless of the technological desirability of an iPad-dedicated news source, there are a huge number of people who will stay away from this as a matter of principle. Fox is not a news source, it's a propaganda dispensary.

Apple, I'm really disappointed in you!




By bernardl on 11/24/2010 7:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Fox is not a news source, it's a propaganda dispensary.


Indeed, the Kremlin owned Tas agency was about as objective in the 70s as Fox is today.

Cheers,
Bernard


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