According to recent surveys most iPad users express their interest in reading news on their tablet. The problem is that this did not help Apple to close a deal with the newspaper print leaders, when they sat down to have collaboration discussions.


Fortunately, ‘The Daily’ is on its way for the iPad user. There have been rumors about News Corp’s tablet iPad-focused product, including one that indicated ‘The Daily’ was to have been launched on December 13th, but Steve Jobs did not come through on that one. However, new rumors are saying ‘The Daily’, one of the most significant digital-only publications of the newspaper industry is now very close to its launch. They could not specify an exact date, but January 17th seems like a nice day to launch this long-awaited app.


This delay is “possibly due in part to delays on Apple’s side as it prepared iOS 4.2 for release, pushing back its work on rolling but iOS support for recurring billing and for automatically pushing content from apps like The Daily to user’s devices”, ‘Macrumors’ says.


All Things Digital‘ has come out stressing the January 17th date:


News Corp. plans to launch the publication the week of January 17, multiple sources tell me.

The caveat here is that launch plans have moved around a couple of times in the past few months; until recently, lots of folks expected to see this thing in December. But this latest date looks like a much safer bet.


Reports say that ‘The Daily’ will become the digital newspaper. We do not have to wait for the printed newspaper, and we can have all the information on tap. In addition, ‘The Daily’ is also expected to be the first application to use Apple’s recurring billing feature at a rate to 99 cents per week, and offering substantial video and multimedia content possibly including 3-D effects.