September 14, 2015 Last Updated 9:15 am

iOS 9 released Wednesday, but gold master available to media app developers now

Morning Brief: Media in Australia report on a dramatic “coup” as Prime Minister Tony Abbott loses Liberal Party vote and is ousted by Malcolm Turnbull in vote of party MPs

The public release of iOS 9 will occur on Wednesday of this week, but developers who are eager to look at the new Apple News or test out their existing apps, can download the Gold Master now – Apple having released the software just after last week’s iPhone event. Apple has also released the first beta for iOS 9.1, as well.

iOS9-iconThe beta for iOS 9.1 has a bunch of known issues, while the GM of iOS 9 looks to be pretty clean, with the only warning being that the user might be required to prompted twice for credentials on their first in-app purchase following installation of the mobile operating system.

I had assumed that there would be few media app updates released between last week’s iPhone event and the release of iOS 9 since many developers might be waiting to see how the new OS would effect their apps. I have to admit to being wrong as a large number were released late last week.

What I missed is the series of app updates being released from Condé Nast. These updates will be for all their Newsstand apps as the publisher works through their full portfolio of magazine apps. Many of the titles received this update way back in May.

Each of the app updates for the Condé Nast magazines has the same app description, see here:

What’s New in Version 4.6

  • New Sign In option makes it easier to log in and access to your issues
  • Enhanced push notifications for more reliable and custom messaging
  • Begin reading before the entire issue is downloaded
  • Minor bug fixes and performance upgrades

It is important to remember that since not everyone will update their iPhone or iPad immediately, Newsstand apps will need to work in both iOS 8 and iOS 9 without a hitch, and though this update is not directly related to iOS 9, one can see in iTunes that Condé Nast has already made sure their magazine app now have standard app icons (but within the Newsstand on iOS 8, they still have their current issue as the icon).

For those installing the Gold Master this week, in order to avoid having to download the consumer download, remember that one needs to restore your device from your back-up, which means reinstalling all those apps. It remains a pain and takes far longer than a standard update. Of course, the speed of the restore is dependent on two factors: the number of apps that need to be reinstalled, and the speed of the device. My old iPad 3 took forever when being restored when I loaded iOS 9 a couple of months ago, while my iPhone 6 is a far faster restore.

UK politics have been pretty exciting lately as the upstart Jeremy Corbyn easily won election as Labour Party leader on Saturday (I hope I gave US editors a good heads-up that it was time to start paying attention).

Well, UK politics look positively boring compared to what has has happened in Australia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has just faced a rebellion inside his Liberal Party and lost the leadership vote to Malcolm Turnbull. The Australian and UK press have used words like coup and overthrown to describe the dramatic events that have led to first term Prime Minister Abbott to lose the vote among part members (the vote was Turnbull 54, Abbott 44).

Abbott was seen as Rupert Murdoch’s man, and so went on Twitter to express his disappointment in the vote:

(Murdoch’s Herald Sun will feature front page tomorrow calling Turnbull a “turncoat”.)

If Murdoch loved Abbott then it is safe to assume that Turnbull is more of a moderate. Abbott had become highly unpopular due to harsh budgetary measures and several political slip-ups. A poll in August showed Abbott deeply unpopular with the Australian public, though he has been fairly unpopular for awhile now, and had to beat back an attempt to turn him out in February.

TheAge-cover-300What is next maybe a snap election.

The dramatic turns in Australian politics again demonstrate how woefully inadequate the print newspaper model is in situations like this. The Age, the Fairfax daily, probably thought they had things covered with their front page for tomorrow’s paper, even posting it online for all to see.

But events overtook them and they needed to create a live blog on their website to keep up with news. Print production just is no match for the web in situations like this.

Here in the US, it is doubtful that Australian politics will get as much play as UK politics has. Editors are loath to give too much space to international news to begin with, and with the migrant story still dominating the news from Europe, a complicated political story from Australia is unlikely to get much play.

(The NYT has gone live with the story, and tweeted it, but is playing it as the third story down on its home page. Others seem interested in the story, so I could be wrong, for once Australian political development could get wide coverage.)

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