Will add subscriptions feature for apps.
After pushing out iOS 4.2.1 out the door, the folks at Apple aren’t resting. They have in fact moved on the next iOS update which, other than the regular fixes and improvements, will also add the ability for developers to rein in subscriptions for their app.
According to Macstories, Apple is aiming to the release iOS 4.3 on December 13th, with a “reliable source” claiming that work on the next update was already underway while v4.2.1 was in development.
iOS 4.3 will address user complaints regarding the poor-performance of Apple’s content streaming app AirPlay and other third-party apps such as from Hulu and Netflix.
But the most important feature will be ‘subscriptions’. This will allow developers to add subscriptions to their apps were a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly updates to the app would require users to pay up for it. Rumor has it that the feature was cooked up to support ‘The Daily’, a joint venture by Apple and Murdoch’s News Corp. to launch an iPad newspaper. The Daily would cost $0.99 per new edition.
It is unsure how much has the multiple delays to the iOS 4.2.1’s update will have an impact to the final release of v4.3, but we have a feeling we will find out soon enough. In the meantime, you can see our coverage of iOS 4.2 running on the iPad