Conde Nast Updates its iPad Publications and Adds Support for Retina Display

For a magazine junky, nothing is sweeter than full colored, beautifully rendered digital versions of the newest publication delivered right to the iPad. With the tap of a button, your favorite publications are downloaded to your tablet for immediate reading. For a magazine junky, nothing is worse than reading a magazine on the new iPad that looks like it was made with MS Paint because it is not compatible with the 2048 x 1536p resolution display.

Conde Nast is doing something about that starting with the April issue of its most popular periodicals.

As of now, owners of the new iPad can enjoy various Conde Nast-distributed magazines with full Retina support, including Vogue, Wired and GQ. Other magazine publishers that will likely be updating to support Retina display include The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and O: The Oprah Magazine. These publications have also experienced issues when being viewed on the new iPad.

According to Electronista, the problem arises with various apps rendering pages as HTML or .png files and their relative quality when viewed on the new iPad.

Previous issues of Conde Nast’s Wired Magazine looked pixilated and fuzzy on the new iPad. However, the updated April issue of the same publication looks sharp and stunning. Images practically jump off the screen.

The higher-quality rendering of magazines come at a price. Standard periodicals weigh in at approximately 300 megabytes per download, while Retina supported ones are averaging about 400 megabytes. The March issue of Wired was sized at 333 MB but the Retina display supported April issue is 533 MB.

My magazine obsession is going to start taking up a lot of precious app space if I’m not careful with my subscription habit.


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