The next operating system update for the iPhone will bring subscription-based applications to the platform for the first time, rumours suggest.
Speculation about the update stems from an article in the Guardian in which it details its plans to pull its hugely successful current app from the App Store and replace it with one priced £2.99 for six months and £3.99 for a year’s access.
Subscription apps are not a feature of the current version of the operating system, suggesting that the Guardian has inadvertently let slip at least something of what we can expect from the next Apple system update.
The newspaper also said it is preparing to launch the app before Christmas, which is being interpreted as a sign that iOS 4.3 could land in the next few weeks – perhaps even at the mooted Apple press event expected to happen on December 9th.
"We'll be launching the new app globally for the first time and although we can't confirm exactly when it will be available, we're working towards a pre-Christmas release," the official blog post stated.
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