Do you know how some newspapers and magazines offer a free iPad app to their print subscribers? According to NRC.nl, Apple have decided to put a stop to that.
Apple is going to publish the rules for stricter compliance iPad tablet computer. Publishers, including NRC Media, may no longer offer a subscription model in which the newspaper also IPAD to read. Digital newspapers on the iPad may now only be purchased through the App Store, Apple’s digital store. The media company has given the publisher until March 31 to register their apps to the tightened rules to adapt. Otherwise they will be removed from the App Store.
I don’t see how this will earn Apple much money. I think it’s more likely that publishers will respond by pulling the app and offering the content on their website (registration required). Customers will be able to get the same content and Apple will get diddly.
On the plus side, this should be another nail in the coffin for apps. HTML5, here we come.