The New York Times iPad app was updated this morning to version 2.0, implementing a totally new interface and hinting at the app’s future paid status. The app had first hit the App Store at the release of the iPad itself in early April and offered only a limited selection of content chosen by the publication’s editors, which appeared to disappoint many users in its first iterations with the app earning a low overall rating of just 2 stars in the App Store.
The updated NYTimes for iPad app now offers access to 25 sections of the venerable newspaper, though some sections require a free NY Times account to view. The app’s description indicates that future access to content will requirement payment, stating that the app will be “free until early 2011.”
The full list of new features is as follows:
- Access to all sections plus a selection of blogs.
- Photo slideshows are now accessible within articles and in their own section.
- Breaking News Alerts help you stay informed even when the app is closed.
- Improved design and navigation.
The New York Times was last on our radar in June when it had complained to Apple about the use of its content in the Pulse News Reader app by Alphonso Labs, causing it to be removed from the App Store temporarily. At that time, we had also noted that in early May, Gawker had reported that Jobs himself had criticized the previous NYT Editor’s Choice iPad app with its limited content and made his displeasure known to the news company.