Perhaps you've prepared a meal from an app that made you say "wow," but when is the last time a cooking app itself elicited that response? Panna is a dazzling vision of what's possible when such an app takes the form of a specialty magazine – complete with glossy production values – rather than a barrage of images and steps. Every bimonthly digital issue contains a dozen recipes from top celebrity chefs, each presented through a series of well-shot, high-resolution videos.
Think you know everything there is to know about Apple, Inc. and CEO Steve Jobs? You probably don’t know as much as Adam Lashinsky, whose new Fortune magazine article “Inside Apple” is stirring up plenty of interest in the latest issue.
The publishers are slowly, but surely, starting to trickle in. Today, Apple added another into the fold with Hearst. They have agreed to Apple's terms and will start to implement iTunes subscriptions into three of their iPad apps starting with July issues.
If you haven’t heard of the iPad-only app Zite, chances are you will soon. Billed as “a personalized magazine for your iPad,” the app is quickly gaining popularity with users of similar apps like Flipboard and Pulse -- as well as drawing the same kind of unwanted attention from content providers.
While the iPad may still be selling just as fast as it was when it first hit the scene last spring, the same can't be said for magazines publishing special editions formatted for the device. According to a report from the folks at electronista, the number of people purchasing iPad periodicals has been in steep decline over the past few months.
It’s tough to compete with free content, as Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is apparently starting to realize -- their iPad-exclusive Project magazine is now available free of charge through December 29.
You’d think that being crowned Apple’s iPad App of the Year (not to mention one of TIME magazine’s top 50 innovations of 2010) might make the cats at Flipboard lazy, but that’s not the case -- they’ve just rolled out a major 1.1 update which adds Google Reader, Flickr and a host of user-requested features.
If you’re a Facebook and/or Twitter junkie who hasn’t quite found the best reading experience on the iPad just yet, you might want to take a look at a new free option called Flipboard, which turns your social content into a magazine-style experience.
Zinio's multiplatform reader -- which lets you download digital magazines and view them on numerous devices, including iPhone and Mac -- expands to iPad in a stellar app, delivering hundreds of top publications with single issue and subscription purchases. At launch, the Zinio app displayed a few frustrating stumbles, including slow-loading pages and blurry text when zooming. Luckily, numerous post-release updates have largely addressed these quibbles, making for a worthwhile reading experience on the iPad.