Interesting take on the recent iPad release event. I find the branding of the iPad as “the New iPad” particularly bad design — when the next “new iPad” comes out, bloggers and forum posters will suddenly have no way to succinctly distinguish them. Forum posts regarding the 2012 model will likewise be instantly made outdated. There’s a certain psychological impact to buying the “new” product, but it seems outweighed by the absurdity of having an “old” product that’s been out for just one year.
Time Warner Cable on Thursday abruptly removed several channels, including MTV and FX, from its app that replicates the TV viewing experience on an iPad, after receiving complaints from three major media companies, Viacom, Discovery Communications and the News Corporation.
The companies have claimed that the iPad app is a contract violation — in part because they want cable companies like Time Warner Cable to pay them more for the privilege to stream their channels to portable devices. Viacom and the News Corporation had sent cease-and-desist letters to Time Warner Cable in recent days.
The debate over the app boils down to this question: When companies like Time Warner Cable buy the rights to beam channels to customers’ television sets, do those rights extend to new screens like iPads? After all, computers, iPads and mobile phones can all act as TV screens.
As TechCrunch says, “Why can’t I just watch the damn television on my internets??!” -> Greedy network execs. Duh!
Today, Apple announced new versions of iMovie and Garage band for iOS 4.3. Apple says they have set the bar high for devs with the release of the two apps and hope devs build on what they’ve seen in Apple’s programming capabilities.
iMovie on iPad gets a bunch of the same features found in the OS X version. Precision editor, multitrack audio recording, new themes, AirPlay to Apple TV, and sharing of HD videos are just some of the features included. It’s going to cost $4.99 when it releases March 11th.
…and so the iPad becomes a media production device, not just a vehicle for consumption. I’m going to lobby my film school to adopt a herd of these puppies.
Did you miss the Apple press event yesterday? They decided to open up the stream. Check out how healthy Steve looks, how hawt the iPad2 appears, and how PISSED I am that iOS 4.3 won’t be on the Verizon iPhone.
Sup with that, Steve? Fragmentation already?
Edit: I removed the actual embedded video object, because I couldn’t get the autoplay to turn off. It was really annoying.
How many journalists do you think you will need in the future?
Hopefully more. There needs to be an incentive to invest in journalism – I would say professional journalism is more important than ever.
It’s really the only way that you can have a true dialog in a democracy.
It will be very interesting to see exactly what kind of ‘journalism’ we find bundled into The Daily. Hopefully not the same kind of ‘journalism’ we see on Fox News.
News Corp. has spent the last three months assembling a newsroom that will soon be about 100 staffers strong. The Daily will launch in beta mode sometime around Christmas, and will be introduced to the public on the iPad and other tablet devices in early 2011. It is expected to cost 99 cents a week, or about $4.25 a month. It will come out — as the name suggests — seven days a week. The operation is currently working out of the 26th floor of the News Corp. Building on Sixth Avenue in a space that looks like a veritable construction zone. The staff’s permanent home will be on the ninth floor, and they’ll move down once it’s ready.
Together with details revealed by Fox Business and WWDMedia, the Guardian reported The Daily was the result of a “collaboration that has been secretly under development in New York for several months” between Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch. We speculated that Apple’s involvement in the project might be the first step towards the implementation of iTunes recurring subscriptions for apps.What’s really interesting is the role Apple and iOS are going to play: recurring subscriptions for newspapers might be implemented on a server-side level, on iTunes’ backend, but Gruber speculated they may also require an iOS update to support subscription billing APIs. It is possible that News Corp’s engineers and developers have already been provided these APIs, but it’s important to specify that, according to the rumors, Apple isn’t building an “iNewstand”: instead, it’s a brand new recurring subscription for App Store apps. The Daily will likely be the first app to support it, and this should be announced with a media event.
Hopefully 4.3 will make my iPhone 3G usable again – 4.2 has left it only slightly less crippled than 4.1. Hopefully Apple will collaborate with some non-evil corporations as well.
At least it appears the platform they’re developing will be available to multiple parties in the long run, as opposed to a provider-specific implementation as some very early rumors suggested. I still believe it’s in Apple’s best interests to approach as many parties as possible with this, though; a News Corp and Apple partnership, for an exclusive and proprietary content and production chain from start to finish, certainly has the distinct whiff of a megamonopoly trust violation to it. Allowing Hollywood to own the studios, and the theaters – thus the entire production chain – didn’t work out very well for them. Sure, News Corp and Apple are obviously independently owned – but the very fact that Apple is giving them this exclusive access aligns their business interests a little too closely.
More to the point – isn’t Apple missing an enormous business opportunity by not including a few other content pushers here, alongside News Corp? Do you think they’re making the right call?
Apple is walking a very dangerous line here. I know many of us are still frustrated with Apple’s closed-garden approach to content management; I’m not sure it’s in their best interests to suddenly begin collaborating with a specific content partner – especially News Corporation. Whereas they could simply develop the technology and license it to various organizations, therefore supporting their broaader commercial interests, elevating a single corporation in this way seems just downright unfair.