November 24, 2014 Last Updated 8:44 am

Media app updates: holiday app submission schedules released

The magazine publisher Benjamin Media updates its seven B2B magazine Apple Newsstand apps to make them iOS 8 compliant

The holidays are upon us, it appears. Apple this weekend released its iTunesConnect and iTunes Producer schedule, letting developers know that from Monday, December 22, through Monday, December 29, 2014 the services will be unavailable. Apple said apps should be scheduled, submitted, and approved by December 18 for them to be available as desired for the holidays.

This week in the U.S. is Thanksgiving and so TNM will be shutdown on Thursday through the weekend.

AquafadasViewerOf the media app updates appearing Monday, the one platform update comes from Aquafadas which has updated its Aquafadas Viewer for iOS app:

What’s New in Version 3.4.6
– Fixed a possible crash while loading a video enrichment.
– Fixed images sizes in PDF documents.
– Added navigation actions from sub-layouts contained on popovers.

Co-Founder magazine
, which TNM looked at last week, received an app update to fix failing downloads. The app uses the FlexyPress digital publishing platform.

The B2B magazine publisher Benjamin Media late last week issued updates for its seven Apple Newsstand apps which includes Utility Contractor and Compact Equipment. The apps date back to October of last year and use the Adobe DPS to create hybrid editions (ad pages as seen in print, with reformatted editorial pages). The update is to make the apps iOS 8 compliant.

The digital storybook app iStoryTime also updated its iOS app last week, adding a seven-day free trial, as well as optimizing the app for iOS 8.

A question that has to be asked this holiday season is who needs iPad sales more this year, Apple or Apple retailers? I guess the answer could be both. But Apple doesn’t like to discount its own products, and often has been seen discouraging others from doing so in their advertising. Not this holiday season.

Some, like Best Buy and Staples, are offering outright discounts on older iPad models. While Target, alternatively, is offering a $100 gift card to those who purchase an iPad Air (the year old model) or iPad mini 3 (the new model).

If you really need to update your tablet, this could be a good time to do it, and with Apple iPads being discounted Samsung, Amazon and others are sure to offer steep discounts, as well.

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