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Wired launches official iPad app

updated 11:35 am EDT, Wed May 26, 2010

Adds interactive extras to paper magazine

After spending months in development, Wired has finally released an iPad edition of its magazine. Currently available is the June issue, which interweaves the print edition's content with iPad-specific extras. These include an interactive map of Mars, as well as assorted videos, slideshows and music clips. The app is a 527MB download, and costs $5.

Much may be riding on Wired, which has been treated as a flagship example of what is possible with the iPad, and even a potential harbinger of revived newspaper and magazine industries. It has experienced a turbulent history however, since it was originally created using Flash-based tools, which Apple has since banned. This may have required a rewrite, and disrupted Wired's plans to use a single codebase which could easily be exported to multiple platforms, including tablets competing with the iPad.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What about current subscribers? I can't wait to stop receiving my paper magazines...

  1. macs4all

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is it just me, or does 527MB for an iPad APP seem a bit excessive? That sounds more like the size of an Operating System, not an app!

    So, what "runtime" libraries are hiding in that Wired app? I can't believe that is 500MB of Objective-C app code just to be what amounts to a special-purpose web browser. Doesn't the Webkit framework do most of the heavy-lifting already?

    What gives?

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now even slicker...

  1. Mike Richardson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think the app is the entire magazine

    The download size includes the entire June issue and all of the text, images, video, audio, and other interactive content that comprises such issue. I don't think it's WebKit-based.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you had me at interactive map of mars (n/t)


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