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Yesterday's launch of iOS 5 was also the launch of Newsstand, Apple's solution for buying and updating magazines and periodicals on iPhones and iPads. It's pretty spiffy, and we are there -- in fact, as of this writing we're the No. 6 app on the iPhone Newsstand Top Grossing list.
You can buy a single issue for $5.99 or subscribe for just 99 cents per month, which you can cancel anytime. (So there's really no reason to buy that $5.99 single issue, seriously -- just subscribe to get the current issue for 99 cents and then you can immediately cancel. I've got screenshots explaining how in the gallery below.) Once you subscribe, new issues will be downloaded to your iPhone and iPad automatically, and you'll be charged 99 cents each month.
The digital edition is just like the print edition. Basically it's a PDF reader. We've been looking forward to this for months, and every time someone asked us why it was taking so long our geek hearts would break just a little, but now it's here and we hope you like it.
Speaking of the print edition, some have been asking if print subscribers get access for free. Unfortunately, we don't have a mechanism for that yet. The universal Mac|Life Mag app (which is the reader) is free, but the actual issues are sold via in-app subscriptions, so we can't even give you a promo code. That means for now the app edition and the print edition are two separate products, and we totally understand if you don't want to purchase both, but at least now you have a choice.
Any questions? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up on Twitter. (We're @MacLife, where over 40,000 of you hang out with us for some reason -- that's another milestone we passed this week that greatly warmed our nerdish hearts. Our readers are the BEST!)