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Paper: Apple tablet designed to save news

updated 11:50 am EST, Tue January 26, 2010

Apple tablet would be savior of newspapers

Apple's tablet has been designed with no less a goal than saving the paid news media, a detailed leak hinted late Monday. Referencing those who have supposedly seen the tablet, the New York Times says CEO Steve Jobs personally believes in the need for a free press and that the tablet is instrumental to keeping this alive in the digital era. The large 10-inch touchscreen would give a reason for companies to charge for newspapers and magazines by offering large, color publications through iTunes.

Tapping internal contacts, the authors also say that the Times is developing a version of the newspaper optimized for the tablet, but it stops short of explaining how this would work. Publishers such as Bonnier and Condé Nast have been developing their own tablet material, though most of this has been without Apple input.

The same sources echo many of the most common rumors about the hardware in question, including the presence of a 3G connection for always-on Internet access as well as Wi-Fi for shorter-ranged use. iPhone apps should still work with the device and would already play into publishers' hands, as apps for GQ and the Wall Street Journal provide access to text in a smaller but adaptable format. Current or upcoming controls on paid access, such as at the Times and Journal would prevent customers from simply getting unfettered news access at the website.

The insiders don't, however, expect an iTunes TV subscription to be part of the Wednesday introductions. Major studios have so far rebuffed the idea, which would give access to multiple shows for a flat but discounted rate per month. Studios have often been captive of cable and satellite as the revenues from these outlets are still more lucrative than Internet content.



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  1. testudo

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    right.....

    Referencing those who have supposedly seen the tablet, the New York Times says CEO Steve Jobs personally believes in the need for a free press

    Wow! Talk about going out on a limb! Most americans, you know, are completely against the concept.

    and that the tablet is instrumental to keeping this alive in the digital era. The large 10-inch touchscreen would give a reason for companies to charge for newspapers and magazines by offering large, color publications through iTunes.

    The ONLY way this will "save the news" is if they start charging for their content everywhere. Do they really think a large enough user base would start subscribing to digital New York Times if the user can just as easily go to "newyorktimes.com" and get the same info for free?

    I recall an article here a while ago where some web site said it was going to start charging for their content. And the general opinion was "Greedy b*******" and "I'll just go to one of the 1000 other sites out there".

    BTW, the free press isn't being threatened now any more than it has in the last 250 years. It's newspapers that are being threatened. You don't need the newspapers to have a 'free press'.

  1. coffeetime

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    Gee...

    Do they know to ruin Job's presentation tomorrow.

  1. Chris Paveglio

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    Free Press owned by the Man

    @testudo: I'd disagree with your assessment that free press isn't going away. I think to a great degree, yes, free press is going away - Mostly in the sense that the news reporters are less free to hunt down the truth in a story and present it without bias. As many Americans get their news on TV, the TV media has a lot of influence, yet their stories barely scratch the surface of what goes on. Newspapers have traditionally been better at long form stories delving into greater detail. But now many of them are going bankrupt. There are a couple independent news outlets but they are small and not well read by the masses.
    The death of free press by corporate directors who already have their own agenda is a huge problem, as it only allows one person's slant on news to be told. 200 Years ago there were no such things as global multinational corporations, each newspaper was it's own hometown watchdog. Nowadays news is all about the soundbite and the scoop, not necessarily the reason behind the story.
    I hope if it's Jobs' wish to help the free press that he succeeds.
    And BTW what poll did you take that says most Americans are against a free press?

  1. testudo

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    Re: Gee

    Tomorrow? Damn, I thought today was the 27th. Need to pay more attention to the calendar.

    Guess I can put away my iTablet costume until tomorrow then...

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Any Bets It's a Typo?

    Since the word "free" is only used to refer to the press once in the article, I'm guessing it was a typo (wordo?) since "free press" is a far more common phrase than "paid press."

    But at least it kept testy busy saying the same thing.

  1. tortenteufel

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    Only free press?

    I thought Jobs aimed to bring eternal world wide peace wit this thing. Bugger.

  1. climacs

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    Apple on a roll

    If you stop to think about it, this tablet will be genius. It is the merging of iPhone technology with the iPod/iTMS business model. It took Apple to save the music labels from their stupidity and inability to cope with the internet, and now it's going to be Apple which saves the periodical industry from its inability to cope with the internet.

    (I won't call them 'stupid', because they haven't displayed the manifest idiocy of the music labels.)

    So Apple comes up with a kind of computer which is easy to use (yay! no more physical keyboards!), which virtually guarantees that software developers will be paid for their work rather than lose a significant amount of revenue to software piracy, and which allows newspapers and magazines to charge for their content which they simply have to do in order to survive.

    I could go on and on about the implications of the tablet (which I have no doubt will be a success). Suffice it to say, a) if AAPL takes a dip due to bad economic news and you have a few grand you won't need for the next 3 to 5 years... buy buy buy, and; b) PC makers and Microsuck will be falling all over themselves to try to copy the tablet.

  1. Inkling

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    The Grey Lady Speaks

    Looks like the Grey Lady is now going to be able to be smug and self-righteous in color. Not something I'd regard with much pride were I Steve Jobs. If fact, there's a lot to be said for tossing the New York Times into history's dustbin. All too often, the newspaper has been on the wrong side of history.

    * Calling eugenics a "wonderful new science" (1912) and treating as sensible law-making Buck v. Bell, the 1927 Supreme Court decision declaring forced sterilization constitutional.

    * Winning and to this day still retaining a Pulitzer for covering up Stalin's brutal early 1930s genocide in the Ukraine. Almost as many people were starved to death then as died in Hitler's gas chambers. Not heard of it before? Blame the NY Times.

    * Treating the Jewish Holocaust while it was happening as a non-story, burying reports on back pages. That's a key reason why nothing was done when it could be done.

    * Dismissing with airy confidence early reports from reliable sources that Cuba's new leader, Castro, would become what he remains half-a-century later, a repressive communist dictator.

    * Praising abortion legalization much as they'd early praised eugenics and forced sterilization and for much the same reasons.

    In his classic work, Propaganda, Jacque Ellul explained why papers such as the NY Times exist. There are two forms of propaganda, he wrote. One type appeals to emotions such as hate and is primarily directed at the poorly educated who want someone to blame for their ills. The other is much more intellectual and is directed at people whose education and cultural background conditions them to believe that they must have a coherent worldview with answers to every important question.

    In America, the NY Times provides that intellectually respectable worldview, however wrong it might be. In a real sense, in the world in which these people live, no one gets laughed at for echoing the NY Times. That's what makes it so important to them. They aren't interested in the truth, but they are very interested in having a ready answer so they can separate themselves from the great unwashed who watch Fox News.

    As usual G. K. Chesterton described this group almost perfectly when he wrote of those who could 'read before they could see.' Now they'll be about to read All The Correct Answers on their pricey new iWhatevers from Apple. No doubts or confusion need cloud their minds.


  1. climacs

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    @inkling

    your comment is thoughtful, though it is quite clearly ideologically slanted and I would dispute several of your assertions.

    Nevertheless, why did you fail to mention the most recent and freshest example of the New York Times failing to do its job - the selling of the Iraq war, and specifically Judith Miller aiding and abetting d*** Cheney's crusade to occupy Iraq, the facts be damned?

    I would also add their abysmal role in the Clinton witch hunts, specifically their coverage of Whitewater which was a complete non-scandal.

    I suspect that you did not mention either of these because your agenda is to push a right-wing point of view, rather than a genuine criticism of the NY Times.

    Furthermore, I'll dispute the notion that the Times exists to mislead intelligent, educated people. The New York Times does a lot of fine reporting which very few other journalistic enterprises are doing - check out, for instance, Dexter Filkins' coverage of Afghanistan.

    However, where the Times falls down - and this is especially true of the Washington Post - is that it becomes captive of the inside-the-Beltway common wisdom mindset when journalism intersects with the heart of politics. The Times can too easily be manipulated; this is a far different criticism than saying it exists to propagandize people with a four-year degree or better.

  1. climacs

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    @inkling

    The other is much more intellectual and is directed at people whose education and cultural background conditions them to believe that they must have a coherent worldview with answers to every important question.

    That's a fancy way of saying what Sarah Palin would say, 'fancy-pants elitists!'

    I am one of those cappuccino-sipping Eurotrash pointy-headed intellectuals you are talking about. I definitely am not seeking a coherent worldview with answers to every important question. That's the Fox News Channel crowd you are talking about, and I highly resent being lumped in with that crowd of idiots.

    Part of being intellectual and educated, is seeking knowledge while simultaneously acknowledging that the world around us is full of uncertainty and very much lacking in black-and-white situations. I read publications like the Times in order to seek out knowledge so that I might arrive at correct conclusions, not to seek validation of what I already believe or wish to be true.

    I suspect that many of my fellow travelers amongst the bourgeois intellectual class, think the same way.

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