Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Apple readies iOS 4.3 release to enable Murdoch's tablet newspaper: report

It's late November and end users have just received iOS 4.2.1. However, it seems, according to reports, that Apple is looking for a mid-December release of iOS 4.3, one that will bring Rupert Murdoch's "The Daily" to life.

The original date for the release, which will enable "recurring subscriptions," a must for a digital newspaper app, was Dec. 13th. That date has been in the works for some time, but the late delivery of iOS 4.2.1 because of wi-fi issues and other bugs may affect the 4.3 date. That is currently unclear.

Additionally, Daring Fireball says that a Dec. 9th press event will be held to announce the new iOS version. Since Apple doesn't hold major events to announce iOS updates, unless there is something bigger around it, it would seem an announcement of "The Daily" would make a lot of sense.

Typically Apple sends out invites to these things about a week ahead of time. Thus any press invitations won't show up in inboxes until the first week of December.

We reported on "The Daily" earlier. As we reported previously, Apple and News Corp are working on an iPad-only publication that will cost $0.99 per week. It reportedly already has 100 staffers on the project. Since the first reports, Murdoch has confirmed the existence of the project, but given few details.

It's unclear how well this will be received. After all, there are multiple iOS and Android news aggregation apps that pull news from sites like CNN and MSNBC, for free. We'll see once more details emerge, if there is some sort of bonus that will attract paying readership.

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