If you’ve got a beta version of iOS 5, you’ve no doubt noticed a new app called Newsstand. Newsstand is a native app that comes with iOS 5. For us beta users it really doesn’t work yet. It won’t work properly until the official release of iOS 5 which we’re guessing will come with an app store update to accommodate an iTunes subscription based environment. Below you’ll find some more detailed information about what we know for sure about the app.
The #1 complaint I hear around the interwebs from iOS 5 beta users is that they can’t tuck away Newsstand in an app folder. The reason for this is because Newsstand is, in and of itself, a folder. Take a look at the screenshot here. When you touch the app it behaves just like a folder does. Apple decided to take what they already built, iOS folders, and put it on steroids. Steroids that allow it to link to the app store and add presumably more magazine subscriptions than the maximum 12 apps in a folder.
How It’ll Work
I expect that when you download a magazine or newspaper from the future update to the app store, it will automatically appear and download within Newsstand. I suspect this to work in the same way Kindle books are loaded. You’ll notice the look and feel of Newsstand is similar to the iBooks app. I expect it to work in the same way. Newsstand will also have the ability to let you view your content while offline after you’ve downloaded it. This is useful for people traveling on airplanes without WiFi and for those with a WiFi only iPad that aren’t near a signal.
In all fairness to Apple, they are trying something new with this. They are going to be releasing more and more subscription based applications through the app store and this is a simple solution to the where-do -we-put-them question. If you’re subscribed to a digital newspaper such as Time you’ll be able to see the latest issues in Newsstand.
I’m excited about this app and I think it is a great solution.
What are your thoughts? Will you use Newsstand?