As tipped earlier this week, News Corp’s The Daily digital-only publication is now set to launch on February 2 2011 in New York, with CEO Rupert Murdoch joining Apple VP of internet services Eddy Cue on stage. The iPad-specific newspaper is expected to make use of a new subscriptions API developed by Apple, which will allow for regular delivery of new content and periodic billing.
However, issues in getting that API up to scratch has seen The Daily’s launch delayed; originally it was expected to arrive before the 2010 holidays, but that failed to materialise. A subsequent launch earlier this month was also scrapped. Meanwhile, Apple is also reportedly cracking down on workaround subscription methods employed by some publishers, with newspapers no longer allowed to offer inclusive iPad access to content as part of a paper subscription.