updated 12:00 pm EST, Wed January 19, 2011
US exempt from subscription payments
UK newspaper The Guardian has launched an updated iPhone app, simultaneously announcing subscription plans for UK subscribers. While a basic app is free to download, the complete version costs £3 for six months, or £4 for a full year. American readers can download the app for free, the tradeoff being the necessity of ads.
Some upgrades in the v2.0 app include access to Guardian video, and "minute-by-minute" updates with live coverage of news and sports. A new section is dedicated to tracking football/soccer, and user comments have been integrated into articles. The rest of the interface has been overhauled to incorporate a new homepage, landscape reading, search throughout the complete story archive and better trending features.
The basic app is limited mostly to a handful of top stories, following the model of publications like the New York Times and The Economist. The previous version should continue to function as usual for another six months. It originally cost £2.39, and operated without any time limits.