My Daily Mail take on Apple’s decision to invite third-party inspection of supplier factories in China. Will there be an impact on the company’s bottom line and on other U.S. electronics firms?
Speaking in Washington DC yesterday Rupert Murdoch said he had “got a glimpse of the future last weekend with the Apple iPad. It is a wonderful thing.”
“If you have less newspapers and more of these… it may well be the saving of the newspaper industry,” he added.
His comments point to what I suggested in a posting the other day: that the paywall News International intends to place around The Times and Sunday Times this summer is now part of a more thought through strategy than when Murdoch first started to threaten to do it last year.
In a Q@A session last week The Times editor James Harding clearly indicated that the pricing difference between the digital editions and print editions was aimed at making the digital far more attractive.
I think Murdoch is right that the iPad and similar tablet devices could well be the saving of the “newspaper” industry.