It's been a minor quibble, but a persistant one; Time Inc. magazines—including Sports Illustrated, People, and Entertainment Weekly—have been available on the iPad for some time, but as individually siloed apps. You couldn't group them in Newsstand, but more importantly you couldn't subscribe through iTunes.…
If you're an iPad-owning subscriber to the dead tree versions of Time, Sports Illustrated, or Fortune you've had a pretty frustrating ride lately. Namely: you've had to pay twice for largely the same content. Until today, that is.
When you turn the latest Sports Illustrated iPad issue to the portrait position, like a book, nothing happens. Just an error message. That's because Sports Illustrated is too poor to offer it in anything but the landscape format.
The Apple tablet could change everything. That's what people are hoping for, revolution. But revolutions don't actually happen overnight, especially if you're talking about turning around an entire diseased, lumbering industry, like publishing.
Apple's Puritanical app approval policy doesn't let in any really inappropriate apps, but it's clear that the people want to indulge their vices with their iPhones: The current top three most popular apps are focused on sex, drugs, and alcohol.
Who likes ladies in tiny bathing suits? Many dudes do, that's who. And now they can get them on their iPhone via the official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit app.