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With the hustle & bustle of the holidays, there have been a few app updates that you may have missed. With iTunes Connect back open for developers, updates are likely waiting for you if you haven’t check in the last few weeks. Two big updates that happened for me were Evernote Food and the Wall Street Journal updates.
Evernote Food, the dining and food diary app from Evernote, got a big update over the holidays. The update brings the app to a proper iPad UI that is beautiful and easy to navigate. Now you can not only record your favourite meals and synchronise them to your Evernote account but you can also store recipes, search for recipes and save them to your Evernote account and search for place to eat near your location. This app has grown up a lot since its initial release in December 2011 and is one of my favourites.
Evernote Food is a free app and is a Universal app for iPhone and iPad. An Evernote account is required which is also free. A Premium account is $5 per month (£4 in the UK) and brings a wealth of features well worth the upgrade.
Another big update that came over the holidays was from the Wall Street Journal. Finally, finally, can I get a FINALLY, the daily newspaper is available in the Newsstand applet for iPad. This is something that I personally have been waiting on for well over a year as I like to get all my newspapers and magazines in one location.
Subscriptions are now handled cleanly within the app itself, with monthly subscriptions starting at $12.99 per month (iPhone and iPad app access) or $21.99 per month for the apps plus Wall Street Journal website access.
The Wall Street Journal has released an update for their iPad app that brings several enhancements and new features. The first and perhaps most significant is the ability to purchase a single issue of the daily publication directly from within the app. This is great for those who have not tried out the app or for those who have reservations about the $15/month subscription.
In addition, this build of the app has significantly improved swipe navigation over the previous version. In my testing this morning, navigation was far more responsive and smoother which was a welcome addition to this long time subscriber.
The Wall Street Journal app for iPad is free but requires a purchase of a single issue at $1.99 or a monthly subscription of $15.00. Note that if you subscribe you can use your account for both the iPhone and iPad versions of the Wall Street Journal.
The rumor mill is working overtime as rumor after rumor comes to the fore around the iPhone 5 and iPad 2. This weekend though things took an interesting turn. Rumors started about Apple producing a smaller and less expensive iPhone so it can diverse its selection and, more importantly, compete at the lower end with phones from Microsoft and Google. Frankly I dismissed them… until this afternoon when I found this article on the Wall Street Journal website
One of the people, who saw a prototype of a new iPhone several months ago, said the new device is intended to be sold alongside the current line of iPhones and would be about half the size of the iPhone 4. The phone, one of its codenames is N97, would be available to mobile carriers at about half the price of Apple’s main line of iPhones, the person said.
If this is the case then Apple could finally be admitting they are feeling market pressure. Having multiple iPhone flavors out there would make it compelling for many people who are just not willing to spend $299 on an iPhone 4 with a two year contract.
The article goes on to say this about MobileMe:
Apple also is exploring a major overhaul of its MobileMe online storage service, the people familiar with the matter said. The service currently requires an annual subscription payment of $99 to $149. Apple is considering making Mobile Me a free service that would serve as a “locker” for personal memorabilia like photos and videos, eliminating the need for consumers’ devices to carry a lot of memory, the people familiar with the situation said.
The article goes on to say that MobileMe could be the focal point for an online music service from Apple.
While these are absolutely still rumors, WSJ has an amazing track record for having things from Cupertino correct. If this proves to be true it is going to make for a very interesting summer for Apple users.
For those of you who have been considering a subscription to the digital version of the Wall Street Journal through your iPhone or iPad, the deal just got a little sweeter for you. Previously if you were subscribed to the iPhone or iPad version of the daily newspaper you only had access to content that was on your device. Now with a $15/month subscription you have access to the Wall Street Journal online as well. This access gives you more detailed opinions and information articles from the Journal than what is in the mobile apps and really gives what I think is now a complete subscription.
If you are a current Wall Street Journal print subscriber then you already have access to the Wall Street Journal online and can use your online user ID and password in your iPhone or iPad to gain access to the daily digital versions through those apps. If you are a currently online subscriber, same thing goes for you. Just use your user ID and password on your iPhone or iPad in the WSJ apps and you have access on your device. If you have only joined via your iPhone or iPad, you now have access to the online site – just use your user ID and password on the Wall Street Journal online site
If you are new to the Wall Street Journal, you can download the app for your iPhone or iPad (links below) and subscribe directly within the app for the monthly subscription.
The iPhone and iPad apps are free in the App Store and both provide limited access to Wall Street Journal content without a subscription.