Report claims Apple bought magazine platform Prss

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

Apple may have acquired the magazine platform Prss (pronounced ‘press’) for an undisclosed amount, according to an unverified report filed Tuesday by Dutch publication [Google Translate] and corroborated by TechCrunch.

Citing a source knowledgeable with the situation, the article claims that several Prss employees are now working for Apple. An Apple spokesperson responded with the usual boilerplate message.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company representative told TechCrunch.

Prss is a browser-based collaborative tool that allows anyone to create and publish their own magazine on Apple’s Newsstand, no programming skills required whatsoever. Read More


Apple extends iPhone 5c ad push to Rolling Stone magazine

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Continuing with its advertising push for the iPhone 5c, Apple has taken out a high-profile ad in this month’s issue of Rolling Stone. The print ad, which resembles the art we have seen in online spots, can be found on the back cover of the magazine.

Earlier today we noted that Apple had launched a rather aggressive campaign for the handset, which it launched last fall. In the past few weeks, animated 5c ads have popped up on expensive real estate, including and… Read More


Google launches Newsstand for Android, iOS app coming in 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013

The Internet giant Google today moved closer to consolidating its digital magazine offerings by merging magazines and newspapers along with the Currents app into a new software, known as Google Play Newsstand (seriously?). Google Currents functionality has now been folded into Newsstand, now available for download on Android devices via the Play store.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed that an iOS version is coming in 2014. In addition to subscriptions to digital magazines like Hearst, Conde Nast and Time Warner’s Time Inc. sold through Google Play Magazine, the company has now started selling newspaper subscriptions, with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times and Los Angeles Times acting as premium launch partners, among other publications.

Apple of course has its own digital store for magazines and newspapers in the stock Newsstand app on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices so it’ll be interesting seeing how Google’s latest endeavor plays out in the greater scheme of things… Read More


Apple highlights 64-bit A7 processor in new iPhone 5s print ad

By Cody Lee on Oct 30, 2013

Earlier this month, Apple began running a magazine advertisement for its iPhone 5s with a byline reading “your finger is the password.” It briefly explained some of the benefits of Apple’s new Touch ID security system.

Well new iPhone 5s print ad has surfaced this week, this time highlighting Apple’s new 64-bit A7 processor. Similar to the previous spot, the ad features a large photo of the 5s and a byline: “Desktop Power. Pocket Size.” Read More


iPhotographer Magazine launches on Apple’s Newsstand, free issue available

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2013

We love iPhone photography, sometimes referred to as iPhoneography, here at iDB. We love learning new methods to take better photos with our iPhones, and of course, sharing those methods with our awesome readers.

With that in mind, we wanted to tell you about a new digital magazine devoted to the subject. It’s called iPhotographer, and it just launched on Apple’s Newsstand this week with—wouldn’t you know it—a free preview issue… Read More


Popular Apple blog ‘The Loop’ launches bi-monthly iOS magazine on Newsstand

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2013

I’m a big fan of veteran Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple and his insightful, unapologetic writing over at The Loop, where he’s Editor-In-Chief. You could say Jim is something of a personal hero to me, at least when it comes to blogging about Apple.

While people who follow @jdalrymple on Twitter know him as ‘The Beard’, Jim’s an Apple journalist’s favorite go-to source whenever a major rumor needs confirming.

With his deep connections at Apple, he occasionally lends his aura of credibility to unconfirmed stories with a single ‘yep.’ And his proverbial ‘nope’ is well-regarded for shooting wacko reports by major outlets.

And now, putting all that expertise, experience and passion to work, Jim has launched a digital magazine for the iPhone, iPod and iPad devices on Apple’s Newsstand… Read More


Apple rolls out new ‘Read Them Here First’ section in Newsstand

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013

Today has actually been a pretty big day for Newsstand. Earlier we learned that long-time holdout Rolling Stone Magazine finally landed on the iPad. And this afternoon, Apple rolled out a new section to the store.

It’s called ‘Read Them Here First,’ and it’s essentially a list of magazines that are now available to subscribers days before they come to print, or other digital platforms. And the first featured publisher is Hearst… Read More


Rolling Stone finally lands on the iPad

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013

After a long two-year holdout, the popular magazine Rolling Stone has finally decided to embrace Apple’s tablet. The publication’s first iPad edition hit the Newsstand app last night in subscription flavors of $1.99 per month and $19.99 per year. It’s optimized for the slate, and interactive, with iTunes links embedded in all media-related articles… Read More


Time names the iPhone 5 ‘Gadget of the Year’

By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2012

The year is winding down, and like clockwork, TIME Magazine has released its annual collection of 55 lists showcasing the best and the worst of the past 12 months. And as you’ve probably already gleaned from the title, the publication has named the iPhone 5 its ‘Gadget of the Year.’

Apple’s handset beat out several rival products from Samsung and Microsoft, including the Note II and the Surface tablet, as well as Nintendo’s new Wii U gaming console. In fact, author Harry McCracken says that it’s is one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built…

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The Daily closes after two years

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 3, 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s two-year experiment with an iPad-only newspaper will fade to black later this month. Murdoch’s News Corp. announced Monday that top executives at The Daily will move to the New York Post December 15. After earlier this year slashing staff by a third, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo will become the Post’s publisher. Daily publisher Greg Clayman will oversee digital efforts of a News Corp. spin-off company devoted to only Murdoch’s publishing empire… Read More


New Apple magazine ads spotlight iPad mini and Newsstand

By Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2012

It seems like Apple’s been on a bit of a marketing blitz over the past few months. We’ve seen new iPhone and iPad mini commercials, a new Best Buy spot, and even animated online ads. And now they’ve moved on to print.

Some new Apple ads have been discovered running in popular magazines like Time and The New Yorker that feature the iPad mini, illustrating it as a substitute for traditional magazines thanks to its size and Newsstand… Read More


Blockbuster Video launches iPad magazine

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2012

You really have to feel for Blockbuster. After filing for bankruptcy in 2010, the one-time video rental giant has struggled to make any sort of comeback in a market now dominated by digital services like Netflix and iTunes. And apparently, it’s running out of ideas, because it just released an iPad magazine… Read More


iPad mag The Daily could be shuttered over disappointing subscription sales

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2012

The Daily, a tablet magazine launched as an iPad exclusive about a year and half ago, my not be around much longer as its parent company, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, could shut it down at a moment’s notice due to staggering losses and strong competition from popular social media aggregators like Flipboard (now available on Android as well), News 360 and others. Kat Stoeffel reports for The New York Observer that the media mogul’s publishing empire has put The Daily “on watch” as it scrapped its internal news wire and shed staff… Read More


Next Issue Media brings digital magazine catalog on iPad at breakthrough prices

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2012

We’re getting used to iOS exclusives getting ported to Android, so here’s a reversal of this trend. Next Issue Media just jumped the shark by releasing an iOS client which lets you access their entire catalog of digital magazines beginning at a breakthrough all-you-can-eat flat fee of just ten bucks a month. Looks like Zinio may be in for a fight… Read More