The New York Times has released a major upgrade to its NYTimes iPhone app. The news organisation has brought over the expanded content and breaking news alerts that its iPad app gained last December, but notably missing is any mention of the upcoming digital subscription features that will launch next week.
A revamped Favorites section lets you save any section, blog, or article for easy access. Individual articles get their own space in the Favorites tab for reading later.
For breaking news junkies, NYTimes 3.0 also now supports Push Notifications, though you cannot customise which sections you receive alerts for; it’s an all-or-nothing switch in the app’s preferences. Finally, this update also includes swipe gestures for easily moving between articles on an iPhone 4 (why the app only supports this feature on the latest iPhone, but not the latest iPod touch, is unclear).
The app’s description in the App Store still includes the same long-running disclaimer that it will be “free until early 2011,” with no mention of the Times’s new, digital subscriptions that go in effect on Monday, March 28.
However, based on the timing of this update, it is reasonable to assume that NYTimes 3.0 will support the forthcoming paywall, which will require you to pay US$180 per year to access content via the iPhone app. (It also includes unfettered access to the Times’s site via Web browsers.)
If you want to use the Times’s iPad app, the price rises to US$240 per year but does not include access via the iPhone app. If you want to read The New York Times via all of your supported devices, the price leaps to a whopping US$455 per year. But a loophole provides the same level of access for US residents if they’re willing to sign up for weekday delivery of the print version of The New York Times at US$385 per year (not including the Times’s discounted introductory rate)—that’s nearly US$100 cheaper than the digital-only subscription. All print subscribers, regardless of edition, get full digital subscriptions for free.
NYTimes 3.0 is available now for any iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later.