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AppleInsider today is excited to announce the availability of its ads-free, subscription-based iPad app on Apple's App Store, delivering an uninterrupted browsing experience that comes wrapped in a flexible and elegant multi-touch interface designed from the ground up with readers in mind. And we want everyone to download it for free and give it a whirl for 30 days, with absolutely no strings attached.

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No, AppleInsider isn't transitioning to a pay-only model, nor are we planing to make changes to any of the numerous access points that readers already tap on a daily basis to enjoy our great content. Instead, we're expanding our mobile footprint with the release of the AppleInsider iPad app as a premium option designed off the feedback we received in the twelve months following the launch of our inaugural iPhone app (which is also getting an update today).

In working with the incredibly gifted crew at digital design firm Crafted, we strove to develop a model for AppleInsider on the iPad that would allow us to deliver a truly uninterrupted browsing experience and still provide the means for continuous updates and feature editions at a cost that would never set readers back more than $0.99 a month. We hope we've succeeded. So go grab a copy now and check it out completely free for 30 days.

If at the end of those 30 days, you'd like to continue receiving our daily news through the app, you can opt into one of three standard subscription packages that average out to between $0.75 and $0.99 per month. If not, you'll still be able to use the new iPad app to enjoy all of AppleInsider's other great services, including its in-depth product reviews, community forums and price guides. You can also continue to follow AppleInsider on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, via RSS, our official iPhone app, or via Safari (or your favorite web browser) on the Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With that said -- and keeping in mind today's iPad app release sets a foundation for many advancements to come -- we welcome your feedback at appleinsider.for.ipad@gmail.com and encourage you to head on over to our iPad App Landing Page and download the app to your iPads (and iPhones).
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1) Cool! I like the comment box on the right, pity I can't increase the font size there, but glad I can do that on the articles. I would've like a native iOS design for the thread/comment section, as I find the most useful info in there, not in the articles. Still, nice app. Will buy it after the trial runs out.

2) What's up with not having your own mailserver AI? And above all, why gmail?

3) Nice that you can drag in the article from the right, and after that you can drag in the comments. Would be nice if you you drag in the comments fully, making the article disappear on th left, since you already read that. This way the font size can be increased and you have a full page editor. But it looks like the comments are 'just' a auto copy/paste from the Huddler designed/managed piece of the website. When you want to post a comment it displays the regular HTML from the .com, with all its Huddler, urhm, features.

So while the app is nice, you're still bound to make use of Huddler. And we all know how much we despise that, for a lack of a better term.
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I'll definitely try this out. $0.99 isn't bad if the experience and quality is improved.

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What's up with not having your own mailserver AI? And above all, why gmail?

 

Because for Apple to win Google doesn't have to lose. Even if I kind of dislike Google, anyway. 

 

Now, who wants to pay to get "Schiller un-follows Fadell" ad-free?

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No thanks. 

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Looks nice will see how it goes.

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No thanks. 

Indeed "no thanks"...to posts like yours. Really, if you want to up your post count I suggest you give some useful feedback instead of...this. Here's my rating on your post:

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A lot of the regulars here are Mac users from way back aren't they, so wouldn't a Mac App be more likely to garner subscriptions than an iPad app? As of Mavericks, The Mac App Store supports renewable subscriptions for apps, just like the iOS App Store. 

 

But then I'm not privy to your server logs, maybe the iPad is the most common client.

 

Anyway good luck with it, I hope it's a success. I personally have bought TV shows from iTunes that I could have watched for free on TV, just to avoid the ads (too many ads gets up your nose after a while) so there are definitely people out there who will pay for ad-free content.

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That's cool. Or I can simply hit Safari reader and only focus on content and ignore ads? Either way will work fine with me.
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This ... I want! :smokey:

 

No Ads? Nothing from damn google? For less than a dollar per month? Count me in.

 

And some of you who love bitching (no offence ladies) like android users  .... you pay more than this offer PER day and every morning for coffee to recharge your battery!

 

 

P.S. AI, looking at your pricing strategy, I think you have managed to break the code! ;)


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post #11 of 60
Very nice app. Congratulations. I'll certainly subscribe. BTW, how does one add a comment from the app? Am I missing something? And yes, being able to increase the comment section font size would be useful. Especially when using a Mini Retina!
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How about pricing it at 4.99 once a year? I don't like monthly charges and it seems a little high for just dropping ads. I will continue to view with ads. Your ads are reasonably relevant to me as well so sometimes I do click and buy so you might make more money with some customers with ads.
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Nice, but I don't see how to post a comment.

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How do I keep my old free app? Your "offer" has taken control of it, offering me no option but to click to accept a "free" one month trial subscription. How do I dismiss this screen control and continue using it as is?
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How about pricing it at 4.99 once a year? I don't like monthly charges and it seems a little high for just dropping ads. I will continue to view with ads. Your ads are reasonably relevant to me as well so sometimes I do click and buy so you might make more money with some customers with ads.

It's $8.99 per year and not monthly.

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This would be awesome if it weren't made by Duddler Tech and had code to see if it was running on an iPad Air and then crash for old times sake. 1wink.gif

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It's $8.99 per year and not monthly.

 
It's $2.99 for 3 months, $4.99 for 6 months, and $8.99 for 12 months. This was on the recommendation of Apple's App Store reviewers. We originally submitted to the App Store with a $0.99 per month model, reoccurring. We were asked to change it. So we kind of had to :)
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post #18 of 60
It's a nice app, and going ad-free on the iPad is worth the premium. Safari reader works well, but by then you've already been bombarded with T-mobile ads.

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Nice, but I don't see how to post a comment.

 

Nor is there any ability to see ALL comments.  I can see 10 at the most.  What is up with that?

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How do I keep my old free app? Your "offer" has taken control of it, offering me no option but to click to accept a "free" one month trial subscription. How do I dismiss this screen control and continue using it as is?

I only downloaded it on my iPad. My iPhone is still using the v1 iPhone app, and now my iPad is using this app. Did your 'old' app disappear when syncing iPhone+iPad to your Mac?
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Nice, but I don't see how to post a comment.

Nor is there any ability to see ALL comments.  I can see 10 at the most.  What is up with that?

Perhaps they want to hide the embarrassment that Huddler is?
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Perhaps they want to hide the embarrassment that Huddler is?

 

Useless for me, already deleted the App.  There is more entertainment value in the comments than the articles themselves.  Oh well, nice effort I guess.

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When the app originally came out I asked for a paid option to remove the ads, I have to admit I was expecting a 99p pay once option rather than 69p a month subscription.

 

Running ad blocker etc on my Mac I never see ads anyway..... Still I do visit Appleinsider on a daily basis so perhaps I should value the sites service more.

 

I hate subscriptions though, it's like death by a million small cuts. Can we maybe have a £10 once off life long purchase instead, I bet AI would make more money in the long run this way.

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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
Perhaps they want to hide the embarrassment that Huddler is?

 

Sounds more like it saves bandwidth to only load a certain number at a time. Apple’s YouTube app, for example, did the same thing.

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How to comment?
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It's $2.99 for 3 months, $4.99 for 6 months, and $8.99 for 12 months. This was on the recommendation of Apple's App Store reviewers. We originally submitted to the App Store with a $0.99 per month model, reoccurring. We were asked to change it. So we kind of had to :)


Hmmm... this is all I see here:

 

Either case, personally I prefer annual subscription. :)

 

FWIW, haven't downloaded it yet but will do as soon as I get back home ;)

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When the app originally came out I asked for a paid option to remove the ads, I have to admit I was expecting a 99p pay once option rather than 69p a month subscription.

 

Running ad blocker etc on my Mac I never see ads anyway..... Still I do visit Appleinsider on a daily basis so perhaps I should value the sites service more.

 

I hate subscriptions though, it's like death by a million small cuts. Can we maybe have a £10 once off life long purchase instead, I bet AI would make more money in the long run this way.


I also run Ad blocker on my MAC plus WeBlock on my iPad .... so, yes I don't see a single Ads either ... but .... BUT .... a few thousands more of us and there will be no AI! :( Honestly, this is why I am excited about this App and no guilt when I'm done reading / posting!

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post #28 of 60

Fantastic idea. Can't wait to check it out.

 

(Hope the same guys that made the decision to go with Huddler aren't the ones making this happen...)

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BTW, how does one add a comment from the app? Am I missing something?
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Nice, but I don't see how to post a comment.
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Nor is there any ability to see ALL comments.  I can see 10 at the most.  What is up with that?
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How to comment?

Doesn't appear to be possible, unless you go to the left hand of the app, select Forums, and search for the article that you wish to comment on..bringing you to the exact same layout of the website ...Huddler. Urgh!
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post #30 of 60

great, how about supplying me with an iPad too? :).

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Doesn't appear to be possible, unless you go to the left hand of the app, select Forums, and search for the article that you wish to comment on..bringing you to the exact same layout of the website ...Huddler. Urgh!
Thanks... Hope there is a fix in the pipe line.
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It would be a better app, If we could post comments easily and not go via forums. I hope this is a quick fix and Appleinsider take this on board quickly and listen to their customers.
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It's a nice app.  However I have a few issues.

1. the comments section.  I can't seem to figure out how to read all the comments.  it seems to stop (on this thread) at 10.  Also, I can't seem to find a login to post replies or section to add replies to the comments thread.  Edit: ok, I think the person above my comment here says something about the "forums" section.  Yeah, that's not very intuitive.  Should be more like the website/browser interface.

2. Subscription vs. Flat Fee.  vs. free with Ads.  Personally, i'm at the point where i just ignore most if not all the adds, as long as they are on the side bar or at the bottom.  That being said, I do tend to buy ad-free apps.  but i'd rather the app be a flat fee over a subscription.  Granted $0.75/mo isn't much, but let me just buy it for $4.99 for life, or give me a "free with Ads" version.

 

At this point, it's a v1.0 so i'm not going to be too hard on it.  but I just don't see me buying a subscription for something i could easily do on my browser.  And I'd rather see something like the iPhone app, just re-tooled a bit for the iPad (and that one for now is free).  In all intents and purposes that's what this app is but just a bit off hear and there.

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Perhaps they want to hide the embarrassment that Huddler is?

Sounds more like it saves bandwidth to only load a certain number at a time. Apple’s YouTube app, for example, did the same thing.

Bandwidth on text? Uhm, ok. On a video sharing website this would make sense, but a 40-post-per-page shouldn't be a problem, save for any photos posted. Still...

Anyhoo, forget Huddler. Let's focus on content!
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Overall I like the app and will be using it.  Massive improvement over the last version too.  It is great and will only get better, if it is continually improved.

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The iPad app looks nice but personally I'd rather have the ads and not have to subscribe to use the app after the free first month.
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C'mon... pay per view.  This is NOT a good idea!

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It's a nice app.  However I have a few issues.
1. the comments section.  I can't seem to figure out how to read all the comments.  it seems to stop (on this thread) at 10.  Also, I can't seem to find a login to post replies or section to add replies to the comments thread.  Edit: ok, I think the person above my comment here says something about the "forums" section.  Yeah, that's not very intuitive.  Should be more like the website/browser interface.

I was about to post the same observations re no obvious ability to post comments from the app and comments only scrolling to #10. Also the APPL stock quote should be viewable. I'd suggests the top of the leftmost panels. But a great first app step for a great site. Certainly fairly priced from my perspective. I agree that a yearly rate would be attractive and a smart move.
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C'mon... pay per view.  This is NOT a good idea!

 

You’re right. Good thing they’re not doing that.

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