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.