February 19, 2014 Last Updated 5:52 am

Next Issue updates iOS app to improve storage settings

The digital newsstand app from Next Issue Media, the joint venture from Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and Time Inc., has been updated to improve storage management. The digital newsstand now has over 130 titles to offer its subscribers.

NextIssue-iPad-loginNext Issue has taken an incremental approach to its app, which has frustrated many readers, though has led to a steady improvement of the app. The new update, for instance, finally adds push notifications, a feature common to many apps long ago. The notifications, of course, will inform readers of new issues that are available, as well as promotional messages about stories and features. As long as Next Issue doesn’t abuse them, notifications will be appreciated by readers. (USA Today does such a poor job with notifications that I tried and tried to turn them off, and finally had to delete the app entirely.)

The app update also now sports a setting that allows readers to regulate the number of magazines on their devices, automatically deleting older issues to make room for new ones – a smart feature.

In December the app added Air Print and fixed some bugs in the app. Readers are still complaining of some issues with bugs that cause magazine issues to disappear, and some complain that some of the magazines are not producing retina-quality digital editions, but otherwise the app is getting good marks overall.

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