The New Republic updates tablet edition, redesigning storefront; Bonnier’s American Photo+ updated
The New Republic was one of many publications to release app updates this weekend. The big change for The New Republic for iPad is the app’s storefront which features a nice preview of the most recent issue, a sample issue, and a three panel carousel at the top.
The app also continues to offer the first issue free for new readers.
The tablet edition for The New Republic, if you are unfamiliar with it, is a natively designed publication that uses the Adobe DPS to create its digital edition. The designers have chosen to design in portrait-only. For the most part pages are similar to what one might see in print, though occasionally the pages are lengthened and sometimes a scrolling text box is used.
I find much of the design pretty garish, but overall its a pretty fine tablet edition.
Bonnier has issued an update for American Photo+, one of its titles that is using the Mag+ platform.
The update is probably related to the recent update of the platform itself to version 4.2.2 which Mag+ describes as “critical”:
We have just released the 4.2.2 version of the Mag+ iOS app, and it contains a critical update: If you do not update your app to this version, it is possible that users upgrading to iOS7 this fall will get all of your issues for free.
Apple has not set a release date for iOS7, but developers are working with beta versions today. iOS7 introduces some fundamental changes in how devices identify themselves, which can lead to users having access to issues they are not entitled to. The 4.2.2 update has a fix for this, so it is critical that you update your app to 4.2.2 before iOS7 is officially released, which could be as early as September.
Don’t wait! Our next update will not be until iOS7 is officially out for all users, so updating to 4.2.2 is the only way to ensure that your app is not affected by this issue.