First look: 'The Daily' for iPad promises in-depth, interactive news

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in iPad edited January 2014
News Corporation on Wednesday released The Daily, its new digital newspaper with a full staff of reporters covering worldwide news that, for now, is exclusive to the iPad, and free to try for two weeks. AppleInsider offers a first look at the publication that hopes to become the future of newspapers.



Before downloading The Daily, users must agree to the updated iTunes terms and conditions, which note that the application may request permission to provide personal information to third parties for marketing purposes. Users can, however, choose to opt out of this.



The ability to share personal information of subscribers with advertisers was said to be a major sticking point between Apple and publishers, as the two sides attempted to broker a deal for in-application subscriptions. For now, the details of Apple's in-app subscriptions remain unknown, as The Daily is the only to offer the service.



Apple's head of iTunes, Eddy Cue, said on Wednesday that Apple would reveal more information about in-app subscriptions, and make the feature available to other content providers and application makers, in the near future.



When launching The Daily, downloading a new issue requires users to launch the application. It is not automatically delivered through background downloading, as was previously rumored.



Upon launching the application, users are met with an initial loading screen: "A new issue of The Daily. is being delivered." On first launch, the application asks for the ability to access the user's current location and the ability to send push notifications. Nothing is asked about sharing personal information with advertisers.











The loading process is quick, and users are presented with the carousel, where they can view and browse through sections and stories, though scrolling through the coverflow-like interface displays considerable lag. The content is displayed before the entire issue is downloaded, and progress in downloading latest issue shows up in the top left corner.



But The Daily is not limited to once-a-day updates. Though the publication will primarily offer a new issue every morning, much like a newspaper, editors will also be able to update content throughout the day with breaking news or updates to stories.



The publication, financed by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, features a large team of global reporters. For the initial issue, reporters are on location in Cairo, Egypt, covering the nation's political turmoil. In addition to original reporting, it includes stories from sources like the Associated Press, like most newspapers.











Text-based content, like editorials on the opinion page, can be read in either portrait or landscape mode. When reading a news story with photos, users can see enlarged versions of the pictures by tilting the iPad into landscape mode, while portrait is intended for reading.







Content is divided into six distinct sections: News, Gossip, Opinion, Arts & Life, Apps & Games and Sports. For some pages with more graphical content, switching between portrait and landscape mode is slightly laggy. Elsewhere, the application is generally very responsive.







A scroll bar at the top, dubbed the "visual browser," gives readers a sense of how far through The Daily they are as they read. And interactivity plays a key role, as many stories include features video, while a story in the sports section features Super Bowl trivia. Advertisements from companies like Land Rover are also interactive, with video and motion.







Stories can also be read aloud by clicking the headphones button, available in the tray of the carousel view. A "fast forward" button also flips through stories, while a 'shuffle" button finds a random unread one. There's even a video introduction to the day's issue, summarizing some of the top stories.



Users can also select their favorite sports teams, where they are able to read headlines, check scores and stats, and even quickly see Twitter posts associated with the team and players.







The application also includes integration with Apple's GameCenter social networking service, tracking sudoku scores and allowing users to compete with friends and time themselves when working on a puzzle. Sudoku and crossword puzzles are included in the "Apps & Games" section of The Daily, as is content focused on applications available for download in the App Store.











As with a website or blog, readers can comment on a story, though audio comments are also permitted. Leaving a comment requires a user to register with a username, password and e-mail address.



Stories can also be shared via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. Loading a story in a browser on a computer gives the full text, but also alerts the reader that the "article has been shared from The Daily iPad app." It also includes an "FYI" that reads: "The shared version of this article is missing content only available in The Daily iPad app."



The Daily is available for free for two weeks, through sponsor Verizon Wireless. This is reflected in the settings of the application, where "Account Information" reads that the current subscription is valid through Feb. 16, 2011. There users can opt to enroll in a weekly subscription of 99 cents, or a yearly subscription for $39.99, a savings of more than 20 percent off the weekly price.







Selecting a subscription prompts users with an iPad notification, asking to confirm the intent to subscribe. The payments of 99 cents per week or $39.99 per year are automatically recurring, until a user decides to cancel.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 110
    Why support Murdoch? Why support for pay walled garden content? It's like paying for editorialized old media chains - and Murdoch editorialized none the less.



    Epic fail.
  • Reply 2 of 110
    Crashes often (3X in 10 minutes). No Search.
  • Reply 3 of 110
    poochpooch Posts: 768member
    indeed ... read everyone's voice mails before they hear them!
  • Reply 4 of 110
    shogunshogun Posts: 360member
    Color me confused, but I really want this. I never picked up an iPad 1 because of weight, screen refresh rates, no FaceTime, and the fact that I have an iPhone 4, a new MBP at home, and an iMac at work...



    All along I've been glad for Apple with their iPad success, but haven't been tempted to buy an iPad. Until now.



    I know. Call me crazy. But this is a killer app for me. Or at least it has the potential to be, as I've only read reviews like this one and not experienced it for myself.



    Quick Story: My mom with iPad in tow visited my sister in London recently. My sister has two young children (2 & 4) and they loved the iPad. Just loved it! Now that my mom is gone, my sister says her children keep rubbing their hands all over the television trying to get it to respond. They do it on her MacBook, too.



    It just goes to show how intuitive it is to expect to interact with your media.



    My fingers are crossed for a great product in The Daily and a nice update in iPad v.2.



    Today's the first day I have really wished I owned one.
  • Reply 5 of 110
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    Great photography, like the old Life and Look magazines. Nice kerning too. But in general it looks like a really nicely designed web site. The Daily is competing against free. Good luck with that.
  • Reply 6 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post


    Great photography, like the old Life and Look magazines. Nice kerning too. But in general it looks like a really nicely designed web site. The Daily is competing against free. Good luck with that.



    eventually "free" won't be free anymore. Case in point: the NY Times is preparing to activate their pay wall on nytimes.com. The wall street journal is already behind a pay wall. If you want watered down AP feeds and non-professional bloggers, then fine, that will always be free. But true journalists need to get paid.
  • Reply 7 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shogun View Post


    Color me confused, but I really want this. I never picked up an iPad 1 because of weight, screen refresh rates, no FaceTime, and the fact that I have an iPhone 4, a new MBP at home, and an iMac at work...



    All along I've been glad for Apple with their iPad success, but haven't been tempted to buy an iPad. Until now.



    I know. Call me crazy. But this is a killer app for me. Or at least it has the potential to be, as I've only read reviews like this one and not experienced it for myself.



    Quick Story: My mom with iPad in tow visited my sister in London recently. My sister has two young children (2 & 4) and they loved the iPad. Just loved it! Now that my mom is gone, my sister says her children keep rubbing their hands all over the television trying to get it to respond. They do it on her MacBook, too.



    It just goes to show how intuitive it is to expect to interact with your media.



    My fingers are crossed for a great product in The Daily and a nice update in iPad v.2.



    Today's the first day I have really wished I owned one.



    Good story, Shogun...I have an iPhone 4, too, along with an iMac with the new TrackPad and MagicMouse. Love all the touch gestures. Just this morning I was helping a friend load some software on a 2 year old Dell. I looked like a chimpanzee because I kept doing the Apple "touch" gestures on the Dell's trackpad....Uggh! I absolutely hate working on Windows machines! Best and looking fwd to the new iPad2. Will pick one up as soon as them come out.



    As far as The Daily...don't know yet!
  • Reply 8 of 110
    The interface may be neat, although I see Gruber describes it as not groundbreaking and "laggy" in at least one area. I was already wary of the content, considering it comes from the parent company of Fox News. Then the intro, as the screenshot in the article shows, talks about American exceptionalism and that was it--no thanks.
  • Reply 9 of 110
    Looks good so far. As above, the carousel is a bit jumpy. Otherwise nice presentation and navigation.



    I was trying to customize the sports page but can't find the method. Anyone figure that out? Also, where you control your subscription settings?
  • Reply 10 of 110
    shogunshogun Posts: 360member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post


    If you want watered down AP feeds and non-professional bloggers, then fine, that will always be free. But true journalists need to get paid.



    True dat. AP was my favorite app on my iPhone for about a month and a half. Then I started noticing how typically weak the reporting was. When I really thought about it it was the lowest quality of all my news sources.



    So I dropped it for all the reasons above and because they seemed to have a rule over there that they must push out a breaking news alarm at least once a day. That also got old real fast.



    (I know I could turn off the push alarms, but I liked them for real news like hearing of a major earthquake. I just wasn't so keen on being interrupted at dinner or in a meeting for Tiger Woods updates and the like. So whether I kept it on or turned it off I felt I would be losing something, and that made me just want to remove myself from the AP News world altogether.)



    I haven't missed it in the least.
  • Reply 11 of 110
    lanklank Posts: 27member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shogun View Post


    Color me confused, but I really want this. I never picked up an iPad 1 because of weight, screen refresh rates, no FaceTime, and the fact that I have an iPhone 4, a new MBP at home, and an iMac at work...



    All along I've been glad for Apple with their iPad success, but haven't been tempted to buy an iPad. Until now.



    I know. Call me crazy. But this is a killer app for me. Or at least it has the potential to be, as I've only read reviews like this one and not experienced it for myself.



    Quick Story: My mom with iPad in tow visited my sister in London recently. My sister has two young children (2 & 4) and they loved the iPad. Just loved it! Now that my mom is gone, my sister says her children keep rubbing their hands all over the television trying to get it to respond. They do it on her MacBook, too.



    It just goes to show how intuitive it is to expect to interact with your media.



    My fingers are crossed for a great product in The Daily and a nice update in iPad v.2.



    Today's the first day I have really wished I owned one.



    I agree completely. Thanks for the story. My Grandkids are the same way.
  • Reply 12 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post


    eventually "free" won't be free anymore. Case in point: the NY Times is preparing to activate their pay wall on nytimes.com. The wall street journal is already behind a pay wall. If you want watered down AP feeds and non-professional bloggers, then fine, that will always be free. But true journalists need to get paid.



    Good points...I get the print edition of the WSJ...read the washington post online, NYT online and get Time's print edition. Plus Foreign Affairs, MacWorld, and many more.



    Don't have an iPad yet but hope to switch all my reading material over to an iPad when the new one comes out. Including books, using iBooks and the NYT "Best Seller" list. Hope to read most of the books on that list each year. Just to be "well read!"



    Best
  • Reply 13 of 110
    I am a fan of the free USATODAY app because it is simple. I like The Daily's interactive features, however, it's a little too busy and cumbersome to navigate. But, for only 99 cents a week, I would certainly give it a try.
  • Reply 14 of 110
    I am so...perplexed why anyone would think this is the killer app for the iPad. Gosh, I hope not. Either you folks work for Murdoch and/or don't get out much. Yikes.
  • Reply 15 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post


    eventually "free" won't be free anymore. Case in point: the NY Times is preparing to activate their pay wall on nytimes.com. The wall street journal is already behind a pay wall. If you want watered down AP feeds and non-professional bloggers, then fine, that will always be free. But true journalists need to get paid.



    It never was free. What's really meant here I guess is that fully ad-supported would be better. I say, good luck with that -- it's never worked before, except in publications where most of the "content" is ads.
  • Reply 16 of 110
    chronsterchronster Posts: 1,894member
    don't support Murdoch's machine of misinformation and propaganda!
  • Reply 17 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by durangotang View Post


    Why support Murdoch? Why support for pay walled garden content? It's like paying for editorialized old media chains - and Murdoch editorialized none the less.



    Epic fail.



    Murdoch is a hell of a lot better than ABCNNBCBS.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chronster View Post


    don't support Murdoch's machine of misinformation and propaganda!



    Don’t worry, The New York Times isn’t publishing this. Misinformation and propaganda will therefore be held to a minimum.
  • Reply 18 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chronster View Post


    don't support Murdoch's machine of misinformation and propaganda!



    And you know that The Daily is misinformation and propaganda, how exactly?



    In fact, the Op-Ed section is where I looked first. Nothing there to suggest misinformation. In fact I thought it was pretty thin gruel, the weakest section of The Daily so far.
  • Reply 19 of 110
    I get a kick out of how upset some people get over FOX news, their reporting, and management. Is FOX biased? Yes. Is ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, etc. biased? Yes! They all are. They are run and owned by people that have their own unique world view and because they are human, that world view (bias) comes into play in how they operate their business, what they report, and how they report it.



    The simple act of liking or disliking something (red heads, BMWs, FOX) is a personal bias and it is OK. There are studies that have shown that people are "hard wired" to find certain facial features and body types to be attractive. There are studies that show that we are drawn towards people that share similar interest and philosophies as we do. It is only natural that people have a bias for the kind of news, the style of news that they want to consume. It is the task of the organization to give the people what they want - it is a business after all.



    Love one or hate one - the best way to be informed is to read/listen/watch to several diverse sources and then think for yourself.
  • Reply 20 of 110
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chronster View Post


    don't support Murdoch's machine of misinformation and propaganda!



    Man.



    Been reading comments at Ars, Techcrunch, Engadget, Gizmodo, etc and every thread has got to get polluted by some troll that hates Murdoch and News Corp.



    Sadly though, can't say I am surprised.
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