Associated Press App Coming to iPad

New York Times for iPad

MacRumors points us towards the Associated Press' announcement that they're setting up a new digital unit to target "next wave of Internet-connected devices such as Apple's iPad".

The AP's iPad app could compete with offerings from some of its member newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which also are believed to be mulling whether to sell subscriptions on the iPad to take advantage of its format. [...] The plans reflect the news media's hope — still untested — that consumers will be more willing to pay for content on the iPad and similar handheld devices than they have been on traditional computers that depend solely on Web browsers to surf the Internet.

There's no definitive word on pricing, though it's suggested it might start off free. Subscription, however, remains the goal of newspapers in order to support their news-gathering business.

Whether or not the continued talk of individual newspaper apps for the iPad, like the New York Times, means the odds for an Apple-centric solution like iBooks is diminishing is unknown.

Let us know which future you're looking forward to, diverse App Store offerings, or a unified iNews Store?

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Rene Ritchie

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Associated Press App Coming to iPad


Yah what Matt(sz) said! They changed it awhile back. It now covers all news on iPhone, iPod, & now iPad since they all share one big feature.......the OS

I kinda like the unified deal. Apple would make it really nice and it would all be consolidated in one place.

I think I want diverse Apps in the App store -- tho with a better category or categories so it's easy to find them all together. The ability for the publishers to set their own formats and downloads and in-periodical links to other content, and especially the many uses for in-App purchases (to get additional content, manage subscriptions and levels of service, etc.) are just a much better way to manage periodicals that via what seems to be an ePub-format-only Amazon-like traditional bookstore.

Is Site turning like in ibooks an API? That's something i really like because it gives the Feeling of a real Magazine.

Suuuuure. A company famous for secrecy, and who has been known to pursue vindictively any source of leaks, with absolute control over the platform upon which the news application is built, and a track record of flexing that control in arbitrary ways. It is only a matter of time.