Monday, September 27th, 2010

The New Yorker iPad App: Pretty! Expensive!

oh myI have no iPad and I doubt I ever will, so I rely on some first impressions regarding the New Yorker's iPad version from others: "$5 per week? That is very expensive!" And: "Paid $3 for Lumines, which has nearly endless replay value, unlike Gladwell-on-Twitter game." There is also a very strange video starring Jason Schwartzman. Shirtless. And sometimes pantsless. The magazine itself says something wise and reasonable: "Right now, editing for the iPad feels similar to making television shows just after the Second World War, when less than one per cent of American households owned a television." Semi-relatedly, I am very much enjoying "Bored to Death" on HBO these days, in which Schwartzman stars. It is also amusing.

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Pop Socket (#187)

For five bucks a week they should print it out on glossy paper, put it in my mail box, and give me four dollars back.

hockeymom (#143)

But can you cut out the comics on the iPad and tape them to your fridge?
No, you can NOT.

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

That's because you don't have iFridge. You can take it to bed, and you can sync it up with your iPad. It costs $4,999 and has an Apple logo on it. It doesn't support food however, since the food industry is arrogantly refusing to upgrade itself.

gregorg (#30)

If I hadn't met him several times rifling through the sandwich table at his sister's junkets, I'd swear Roman Coppola was Wes Anderson's Alan Smithee.

libmas (#231)

That is some SPY-worthy description right there.

WHO: Roman Coppola



MOST LIKELY TO BE SEEN: Rifling through the sandwich table at one of his sister's junkets.

Kudos! And it's only Monday!

Adriana Sandoval (#7,628)

am i really the only person that liked CQ?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

CQ was ok! (Great visuals.) That ought to be enough.

deepomega (#1,720)

CQ was self-indulgent but gorgeous! Like making out with your own clone!

$5 per week is just… aghast-worthy! It's just proof that we've a long way to go before we're really in the future. Nike need to make power lacing sneakers (Oh, wait…) and Mattel need to make hoverboards.
Then we need to abolish money, have a third world war and start flying about space in spandex.
And hopefully at some point the stabbings in Britain will have reached a fever pitch to turn it into a post-apocalyptic Thunderdome.

And then we need to let the world flood and sail about on triple-hulled catamarans with Kevin Costner.

Then we'll really be in the future.

jrb (#3,020)

Well when you make videos like that you kind of have to charge $5 per week.

Dan Romero (#7,627)

Print subscription for 1-year : $39.95
Kindle subscription for 1-year: $35.88
iPad "subscription" for 1-year: $234.53

shudder (#5,913)

wait – isn't that about the cost of a single newsstand issue?

gotham (#1,572)

I found that video rather charming and appreciated the smile it brought to my face this rainy monday morning.

Yawn (#4,506)

Their online digital access is included with the print subscription. Just sayin'.

mishaps (#5,779)

I do appreciate the New Yorker noting that taking your iPad into the shower with you may void the warranty. You know those impressionable young New Yorker readers will try anything once.

mishaps (#5,779)

and, sure enough, someone has complained on about the lack of any disclaimer in the video itself. Sigh.

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