Earlier today, News Corp released an update to their iPad only newspaper, The Daily.
The Daily 1.0.1 brings the much needed performance and stability updates to the app. With today’s update, The Daily has gone from “a nice idea with a poor user experience” to an app that performs the way you would have expected it to. After installing the update, I immediately noticed the improvements in performance, stability, and the initial load experience.
As a note to current The Daily users, you must first delete version 1.0.0 before installing the 1.0.1 update. That is an important safety tip. If you just tap the install button, you are going to update in place, which clearly, News Corp, says not to do.
There is one week left to the free Verizon sponsored “test drive.” Buy this time next week, it is expected that you will need to start paying $0.99 a week or $39.99 for a one year subscription to The Daily. It is currently unknown what content, if any, will be available for free after this week.
I'm interested to know how many iPad owners are actively reading The Daily. You have to give credit for News Corp for “fishing where the fish are,” as the saying goes, but is it enough to save the newspaper industry? Does The Daily effectively help kill the printed newspaper?