John Gapper

An iPad schism is developing between those who are happy to read news and other material using the Safari browser on the iPad, and those who prefer the applications that publishers are producing — and for which many are trying to charge.

In the browser corner are those such as Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, Jacob Weisberg of Slate and even my colleague Clive Crook. They argue (I’m paraphrasing) that the browser experience is just as good if not better and obviates the need to pay for publishers’ apps.