RUMOR: Apple’s iOS 4.3 will offer app subscriptions as early as December

Cyber Monday “iPad owners have had less than a week with iOS 4, but a software update offering news and magazine subscriptions targeted at them could arrive in less than a month,” Tim Carmody reports for Wired.

“Daring Fireball’s John Gruber reports that Apple’s Steve Jobs will join News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch onstage at a December 9 event to announce Murdoch’s new forthcoming tablet newspaper, The Daily,” Carmody reports. “According to Gruber’s sources, The Daily will be an app in the App Store, but make use of new recurring subscription billing on users’ iTunes accounts, and ‘developers at News Corp. building the app already have preliminary documentation on the new subscription billing APIs from Apple.'”

Carmody reports, “Macstories’ Federico Viticci reports further that recurring subscriptions are part of a new version of iOS — iOS 4.3 — with a scheduled release date of December 13.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. Will Lex Luther be played by Steve Ballmer?

    Although, Lex Luther was far smarter in his evil plots. Just the follow through was poor.

    We know which is the buffoon. Or will Clark Kent at The Daily report on Ballmer as a passing story in the daily events of city.

    I guess we will have to read it to find out!

  2. I’m looking forward to this. That earlier story about Esquire (or GQ or whatever) magazine being delayed because of the content has me a little bit worried (though the story wasn’t exactly clear). If I’m going to completely replace magazines with their digital equivalent it’s the one area that I wouldn’t want Apple to censor. Call me a hypocrite, but I don’t mind the app control but censoring a magazines content seems different ro me.

  3. Murdoch can stick his ‘Daily’ where the sun don’t shine. This guy and his disgusting offspring are trying to take over the world’s media and drag it all down to the levels of Fox News and The Sun. Once he gets his hands on significant slices of the satellite and cable TV business you’ll see cross-subsidisation and loss-led marketing designed only to put the competition out of business and force his gutter press quality-free shit onto all of us.

    Steve — drop this crazy idea now before it’s too late!

  4. You’re right, and you have every reason to be terrified of conservative media outlets, Socialist Guy. The days of British and American “Times” rags telling us all what and how to think are coming to an end. The Old Gray Ladies of London and NYC are in hospice, Socialist Guy, and may their tribe NOT increase!

    It’s time to carry your own weight, SG . . . and even Steve Jobs, liberal that he most certainly is, sees the future coming at him through independent, individualist, non-collectivist eyes!

    Get over it, earn your own living (and DO clean up your filthy language).

  5. I will be happy. Currently read 12 magazines and five newspapers on the iPad and certainly will be happy not to have to pay the outrageous rates if the others follow. The onle bargain right now is People, but I don’t have a sub to it. The Times if London is the best paper for the money, in my opinion. Hearst is slated to bring the Houston Chronicle to the iPad soon, either it’s top or second largest newspaper.

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