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Associated Press App Coming to 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?

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • iPad can't wait
  • You obviously haven't checked in quite some time...
  • 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 like the idea of diverse app store offerings AND a unified iNews store front. Can't we have both?
  • I kinda like the unified deal. Apple would make it really nice and it would all be consolidated in one place.
  • Bring on the Ipad!
  • 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.
  • If this is news you're going to have about 150,000 articles to write in the coming months. :/
  • An iNews store? Try Dave Winer's thought experiment:
    "What happens to Engaget's news app after they report an Apple leak?"
  • @Newsshouldflee:
    nothing. >_>
  • An "AP" app is nice, but is unnecessary, just use google news.
  • @Adam
    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.
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