October 30, 2013 Last Updated 8:22 am

Next Issue Media updates iOS app, adds iPhone support; NYT updates apps, improves design

The digital newsstand app for Next Issue Media has been updated today. The stand-alone app now includes iPhone support.

NextIssue-iPhone5-lgThe iPhone version allows for enhanced editions and landscape viewing that allows for reading without the need to zoom, the company says.

Next Issue now has 120 magazines available in two subscription plans: $9.99 per month for Unlimited Basic which allows for access to 109 titles, and $14.99 per month for Unlimited Premium which gives the reader access to the 109 titles plus 12 more titles such as The New Yorker, TIME and others.

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The New York Times updated both its NYTimes for iPad and iPhone apps today, as well. The iPad app update makes a subtle change to the layout of the front section that greatly improves the look of the app.

The app is still basically a nicer looking RSS news feed app, but the change is an improvement over the rather poorly designed previous version. Nonetheless, the NYT seems to continue to be committed to this now old fashioned approach to a newspaper on a tablet.

The iPhone version, simply called NYTimes, is a minor update that does introduce sharing of videos and slideshows. The user presses the video for an extended period of time to bring up a share dialogue box. The update also fixes some bugs. The NYT updated its iPhone app to version 4.0 on September 17 to make the app iOS 7 compliant. This is the third update since then.

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