First media app updates appear following release of iOS 7.1; Flipboard wants your friend’s email address
Condé Nast update for Epicurious the first to mention iOS 7.1 bugs
Consumers may have quickly updated to iOS 7 when it was first released, but that doesn’t mean they liked it. Professional designs may have cheered the end of skeuomorphism, but enthusiasm turned to frustration as developers worked the bugs out of their apps.
With the recent release of iOS 7.1 the question many have is whether the update will unveil more troubles for app developers, will there be a flood of more app updates?
The first media app update to be released that mentions iOS 7.1 comes from Condé Nast. Their app, >Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List</a>, was updated just two weeks ago when they added new features to the app including print recipes via AirPrint and email sharing. That was version 4.0.2, the third update of the new year.
Today comes version 4.0.3 which addresses bug issues.
“Having problems after upgrading to IOS 7.1?” the app description asks. “We squashed a nasty little bug related to the update.”
Flipboard’s app update does not mention iOS 7.1, or bugs at all. Instead it is a rather veiled attempt to build their customer databases.
The latest update for the digital aggregated magazine app (they call it a “social news magazine”) says that users can now share stories with your friends through the app. “Share stories directly with your friends on Flipboard,” the app description says. “Select the red profile avatar in the share menu and enter their names or email addresses. Your friends will receive the message in Flipboard and in an email.”
It is a logical feature, though the real aim is to build that customer information database. It is aggressive, but makes sense.
In fact, one of the complaints most heard from publishers about Apple’s App Store is that Apple does not share their customer information with them. But what is odd is how often publishers build their apps without any mechanism built that encourages readers to share their names, addresses or email addresses, let alone demographic information.
Yesterday, The Loop was updated. This is the digital magazine app from tech writer Jim Dalrymple. The digital mag app was originally released in May of last year on the TypeEngine platform. But sim months later it was released using a new platform called Glide (TypeEngine is one of the 44 platforms featured in our Guide inside Tablet Publishing. Glide was far too new to get a survey form.)
The update to version 2.2 is all about platform enhancements: faster downloads, push notifications, “first launch” set-up improvements, etc. Both the old and the new app are designed based on what might be called “The Magazine” model: minimal design that works great on smartphones but feels restricted on a tablet. Most art directors designed a digital edition for tablets would like the same freedom to create intricate layouts as they do in print but know that these layouts may not work well on an iPhone, or even a small screened tablet. A simplified design like that seen in The Magazine, or Jim Dalrymple’s may be their solution.