We brought it to you yesterday about something being in the air as far as a potential collaboration between News Corp and Apple in regard to an iPad news app. This seems to be gaining some traction as a new report has the app set to be revealed on December 9.
According to John Gruber, both Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs would be in attendance at the possible event. “This is not going to be a quiet launch,” Gruber notes, saying that it would be iPad-only at first.
Apple has oft been talked about to be developing an actual dedicated newsstand app for the iPad, but the Daily would still start off as your traditional third-party app. Where does Apple play in this? Their contribution would revolve around a billing change to be able to allow subscriptions in iTunes. The structure of it isn’t known just yet, but it would be built into iOS, not just the accounting system.
As Electronista points out, how this would work without an update to iOS isn’t known just yet either, but perhaps Apple would allow News Corp some early access to APIs or even a temporary free publication until the plan would go into effect. As mentioned yesterday, the possible pricing plan is said to be 99 cents per week.
Most know that publishers have been knocking on Cupertino’s door asking for them to adapt its business model for magazines, newspapers as well as other periodicals because they believe the current pricing structure just isn’t cutting it.
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