May 2, 2017 Last Updated 9:21 am

Digital publishing platforms update their iOS apps

Mag+ has updated its preview app, Mag+ Designd Reviewer, to fix some bugs as developers begin to shift their attention to the beta versions of iOS 11 and the WWDC event in June

The dog days of summer are still a month or so away, but we are getting close to the time when iOS app developers will be turning their attention solely to the new mobile operating system to be launched in the early fall. So, until then, most of what we get in the way of updates involve minor bug fixes.

Still, there were a number of updates released already this week, many of them involving digital publishing platforms. Here is a brief rundown:

Mag+: A bug fix update for the digital edition preview app, Mag+ Designd Reviewer. The update brings the app up to version 6.6.5.

Scribd: Also a bug fix update, this one for the eBook platform. Scribd is on a every two weeks update schedule, so they rarely say much in their app description about what is exactly being fixed.

Tapas: Another eBook platform with a bug fix update, but here they are a little more specific. This update now allows for episode sort order to be saved, and they have separated series description and reviews. Most importantly, Tapas admits that there is currently a bug in iOS 10.3 that prevents night mode from working in page-flipping mode, one assumes they are working on that issue.

Texture: The digital newsstand app from Next Issue Media has added a sharing featur with the update: “When you come across an amazing image, article, or recipe, just click “Share” and you can pin to Pinterest, save to Evernote, and more.”

Others:

Netflix, Quartz, Twitter, YouTube Music and Zillow were among the other apps updated to fix various bugs and such.


Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be in early June in San Jose, and it is at that time that developers will get a sneak peak at some of the new features planned for the fall.

Among the rumored new features will be group FaceTime calling for up to five people, as well as n automatic Low Power Mode. Also, word is that iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit apps, meaning that users will discover many of their apps will not work come this fall.

Battery life continues to be an issue for iPhone owners, but this issue conflicts with Apple’s known bias to work towards ever thinner models, rather than better performance.

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