Useless since Jan 2017 1/5
I can't believe it. This app went from superb to useless in a blink. I will now cancel my subscription. Like many has commented it is now a standard PDF copy of the printed magazine.
Horrible app 1/5
By Goel Family
Bring back the old app. New one is horrible with tiny fonts and no scaling.
Very hard to read 2/5
By Sister Patricia
This app is very hard to read. The print type is too small and when enlarged you can not see whole page.
Cant navigate to an article from index but have to page through every page to find anything.
Orientation is wrong for iPad.
Poor user interface 1/5
By Student of Business MJP
The articles cannot be read without zooming in. The pictures are split between two pages. Nothing can be read on a smartphone, and I only have the digital subscription. Reading time used to be enjoyable, but not on this app. I need an update or I will definitely be unsubscribing.
Not User Friendly 1/5
This app is horrible. It may be designed to look like the print magazine, but that is not how you navigate or read electronic content. The amazing thing is that in light of the many negative reviews Time has not addressed the problem. Time - you have world class content that deserves a world class platform.
Digital version no longer worth it 1/5
By Bronco 34
I have nothing to add to the recent negative reviews. The print edition is now far superior to the digital version if, for no other reason, it doesn't weigh as much as my iPad.
Croppy, naive app 1/5
I am deeply disappointed in the quality of this app.
- no landscape mode
- inconvenient enlarging: it easily flips to other pages during enlarging action
I am considering to quit.
Bad browsing experience 1/5
By Mehrez s
Oh please time you can do better than this PDF like browsing. Check out NYT or others.
This needs to be better formatted for mobile. I don't want to browse scanned magazine pages by swiping to flip pages. I sign up for digital access to have an experience much more similar to Time Mobile where everything is formatted nicely and I can swipe to navigate articles and scroll through articles to navigate the content. That reflow for mobile devices is key.
I kind of don't want the entire year of access now, this app is ridiculous.
Unreadable App 1/5
I renewed my subscription to Time on my iPhone after a year off. The app's utility now compared to a year ago is like night and day. The magazine was easy to navigate and highly readable last year; the current app has been modified to be unusable and inconveniet. Apparently, the modification goal was to display a page at a time. This was done the expense of readability which requires swiping out for small print. Also gone is the previous flexibility in quickly moving from one article to another without tedious lyrics scrolling through pages. Until Time fixes its app for phone usage, don't waste your money.
What happened with this app? 1/5
It used to be great on the mobile version but now is unreadable on my phone. Just cancelled my subscription. Too bad I paid for a full year in Sept, ends up being a waste for nine months.
Unreadable & Unusable 1/5
The recent changes in formatting TIME for iPad has rendered an excellent product unreadable and unusable. The print is too small, and moving from page to page when the print is enlarged is problematic. Why the change since January? Subscribers pay extra for digital editions--definitely not worth it with this version. I'll revert to reading my print magazine; a huge step backwards. Very disappointed, TIME.
40+ year subscriber
Font Too Small to Read 1/5
By Jim NY
In the past, the iPad version was wonderful. Now it is totally useless because you absolutely cannot read it!! My subscription is about to run out. I will definitely not be renewing until I see favorable reviews. By the way, Newsweek is still very readable in the iPad format.
The worst app of all the publication apps I have. 1/5
By Devan's Fan
I assumed the Time Magazine app would be in the same league as the NYT, WSJ, LA Times and the New Yorker apps. This app doesn't come close. No look-up function for vocabulary, no landscape, temperamental function bars and poor navigation functions make it a frustrating experience. Worse, the contents page is just a list: touching the title of an article doesn't take you to the page. Who's in charge? I never pay for an app without reading reviews, but I trusted the Time brand and didn't do so. Big mistake.
App non-optimization 1/5
Why does the iPhone app show the entire page of the magazine instead of optimizing the view for the phone? This feature was present a couple of years ago.
Recommended Improvements 2/5
The Time Magazine app is no longer "user friendly" and does not allow the reader to view articles in landscape or to enlarge the copy. I suppose this was done to provide the reader with a traditional sense of reading a magazine, page by page. This was and is a mistake. It makes it much more difficult for the reader to read and comprehend what is being communicated, e.g., the copy appearing on an iPad for example is very small. In fact, use of the current app can be and often is frustrating and irritating. Ultimately, as an unintended consequence, the current Time Magazine app actually may discourage people from using the app and thereby encourage less reading of the periodical, particularly in this digital age. Therefore, it is highly recommended that Time Magazine should reverse course and allow landscape viewing and also enlargement of the digital content of its magazine when using its app.
Pretty good and frustrating as all git-out 3/5
Update 6 months January 2017: still sort of hard to navigate and crashes sometimes, BUT being one of those people with a morbid fear of having to wait somewhere a long time with nothing meaningful to read, this has been wonderful. There is nothing against so sure to get the doctor to see me at the appointed time, or to move me to the front of the line at the tax assessors office, than having identified an article I can't wait to read.
PLUS: I like being able to read Time on my phone. I've read it cover-to-cover since I was about 10, so I love being able to carry it around with me for when all the doctor has is Austin Woman or some such rot.
MINUS: about half the time the app doesn't recognize me as a subscriber and offers me the opportunity to purchase the latest issue. Yes, I can call customer service and wait in an interminable queue and they will eventually get me signed in, but I subscribed for my convenience, not for theirs.
No class App for top class content . . . 1/5
It is unfortunate that the quality of Time's content is not reflected in its app, which is slow, limited and hyper-directed to subscribing, which is incredibly aggravating for current subscribers. The vertical hold position and lack of screen options are pitifully outdated. There is effectively no online help option when the frequent issues occur . . . Just a never ending loop back to subscribe now. Oh if a bell went off by the editor's ear every time a frustrated digital client tried to resolve an issue and was directed to the please subscribe page. Doubtful I will renew and will get content, same or commensurate, elsewhere
Was great. Last update broke it can't scroll through pages 1/5
There is a bug with your iPhone time app. When reading multi page story with images embedded in them one can't scroll down past the image page. It refuses to do so. I can scroll up and can't scroll down past the image. It says page 6/12 but it refuses to scroll past. This is with not just one edition or story but any edition and story. iPhone 6S running iOS 10.2. Please fix it. Very frustrating.
Horribly small font! 1/5
The font is way too small. If I want to enlarge the font it results in me having to constantly scroll left and right. This is so annoying and unacceptable. One would think that a world class magazine would provide a better app for its subscribers! Please fix this!
What happens when you skip on quality... 1/5
By funnny ended too soon
I absolutely loved this app up until the first issue of 2017 when Time magazine decided to cut some jobs and save some money skimping on their digital subscription app. The wonderful, interactive display is gone. I have to squint my eyes to read it (even on full manual zoom) and now have to thumb through all the stupid advertisements. These changes are definitely a big step backwards for Time.
Content great, subscribe process not so great 4/5
I can't figure out if I subscribed or not! I signed up on my iPad and paid thru iTunes. It said I could access it on my smart phone, but it never gave me a way to do so.
Poor User Experience 1/5
Apparently it was too much effort for Time to format its content for mobile devices so now we just get what is essentially a PDF of the printed magazine. I find it hard to believe that plugging the content into an already established template every week was costing a significant amount of money. User experience should never be sacrificed if you want to be successful. C'mon Time - be better than everyone else. Until you can get it together, I'm switching to The New Yorker.
Very weak viewer 1/5
This is just an image view (PDF?) of the magazine. You can only pinch and zoom. You can't, for example, double tap an article and get a reading view, as you would expect from any modern viewing app. The table of contents is not "live", in that tapping an article title does not take you to that article. I'm a new subscriber and I'm SO disappointed! High school kids could write better viewing apps.
👎 pass on this app!!! 1/5
It won't load. I can't even cancel it now. Boooooo!!!!!! I'll take the printed version thank you very much. I have had problems in the past. I thought it might have been fixed. Don't get it.
I've been duped...RIP TIME Magazine 1/5
I have subscribed to TIME's print edition continuously since the early 1980s. When I began traveling full-time last year, I was excited to switch to the iPad version. For six months, it was a beautifully executed electronic version of the magazine, well-adapted to tablet viewing. Not only was the layout optimized for iPad, but there was also deep interactive content in the magazine itself, as well as bonus digital content at the end. Then, suddenly and without warning, in December, all of that vanished. The iPad version is now essentially just a PDF of the print magazine pages. Among other things, this means that the font went from two columns of type in an easily readable size, to three columns of type in tiny letters that this mid-50s reader can barely see even with reading glasses. All of the optimizations for tablet viewing are gone. It is, in short, unusable, and completely different from what I subscribed to. I feel like I've been duped. I'm so incredibly disappointed, because of my long-standing respect for TIME and its journalism, but I'll no longer be a subscriber.
Can I give less than one star 1/5
Politically driven fake
new mobile format 1/5
No thanks. No renewal for me. Too much eye strain required by the revamped mobile version of this app.
Time Mag. App like a stolen BMW ending up 1/5
In a chop-shop, stripped down to a shell of its once great self. In 2013,Time was actually a superior app and then things started sliding down hill. Among many disappointing changes, they did away "landscape" viewing. People view life in horizontal, not portrait - so to make the visual experience even more challenging, you have to slide your finger left to right to see the entire image where the subject is most often in the center (and you have to hold your finger on the screen to view.) and they recently stopped "Pictures of the Week" To save production and mailing costs of the print issue they cut down on content, added more "double issues" (less issues per year) so now that this app is simply a PDF replication of that print issue, the app now has less content as well. Gone is quality photography, readability, the little digital interplay, video inserts. Obviously Time is in survival mode. I thoroughly enjoy Time, have for 30 years, but the days of the printed issue is obviously coming to an end and the app will be all that remains. That's sad as my family loves the printed issue. But there is a good chance the app will be all that remains. The good news is the app then becomes their main focus and they will apply their abilities and creativity in making it a truly pleasurable viewing experience.
The font of recent download is too small to read comfortably 1/5
I have zoom (+) every part of a page to read it. It used to have paged views with large fonts. Can you change it back to previous format?
What happened?! Have loved being able to stay up to date on my subscription but Time recently changed the format for the iPhone and now I have to pinch and zoom every paragraph. Used to be optimized for reading on my phone, now it is a struggle. Very hard to control and I no longer enjoy reading this on my phone. Since I travel a lot it was helpful to read on the go and now it is just too much effort. PLEASE CHANGE IT BACK.
Could be 5-star! 4/5
Though I'm glad I have access to Time Magazine/content, it could be more iphone-friendly.
No regrets, however. Time gives me another pulse on what the heck is going on around here!
iOS version of the magazine is now total crap 1/5
I used to enjoy the layout and interactivity of the Time iOS app that was in place up until 4 or 5 issues ago. Then, all of a sudden, that version is gone, only to be replaced with a clunky, PDF-like format that can only be read by awkward zooming and sliding the page around. The incredibly irritating thing, is if zooming is the expectation here, why don't the images retain crisp legibility when zooming in? The text stays crisp, while the images pixelate. Maybe this is saving money for the publisher somehow, but I will be cancelling my subscription and moving on. A big step backward.
Small font 1/5
Why is this app regressing? The font is so small!!!! You cannot click on articles from the contents page!!!! 😡 Please fix this.
Pinch and zoom 1/5
By Upper East Side Mike
I can deal with the pinch and zoom on my iPad, because it's close enough to readable, but I mostly read on my phone while commuting. I can't deal with it on my phone.
Roll back the digital version! 1/5
By Ben Chung
Time is my go to magazine app on phone because of the digital version. Now it become small text PDF. What a dump
Terrible app and customer service 1/5
I have print and digital subscriptions. When I am abroad, I use the digital one. But I was unable to read the last six issues of the magazine because the app only offers a PDF view which is impossible for reading on the iPhone. A few times I complained to the customer service, as an answer I received copy paste messages that I have "to download the app from the App Store"! I wish I could return my time and money!
Font too small 2/5
I like Time magazine and have been a long time subscriber. I have been reading it on the app for several years and have mostly liked the app until now. I do not like how small they have recently made the print and there is no way to increase the font size. I know that I can use the pinch & zoom feature, but guess what - I don't want to. I want to be able to read the magazine without zooming in and out and moving the page around to see everything. Time needs to either go back to the old format or add an option to increase the font size. Another few options I would like are a search function within an issue and select text to copy or look up (to get a definition or to research).
I was surprised by Time 4/5
I watched a few of their videos about politics and now I think actually they are doing a good job. maybe managent changed or the world changed.
What Happened To This App? 2/5
I used to love this app for reading Time. It was interactive and dynamic. Now, it's basically just a pdf with font that is too small to read. Why would you downgrade this app like this? Please restore. Thank you!
From best to worst! 1/5
It used to be my favorite magazine app because I could read it easily in my iPhone.Now it is just a pdf screenshot of the actual print magazine that I have to zoom in and out to make it readable in an iPhone.Now I wasted my money and stuck until my subscription expires unless they revert back to the old format.Do not buy a subscription especially if you're going to be reading in an iPhone.
Wah!! I miss a few issues and come back to discover tiny print/font size and a number of my favorite sections missing??? The new year did not bring good things. Please. Have another look at these changes or this might be the end of my decades long relationship with the magazine. And that would be a shame, because we now need good reporting more than ever. TIME- It can't always be about the cheapest way to do things.
PDF View ONLY - Was a nice app before 1/5
By Rp 905
This used to be a nice app that interacted nicely with a phone. It was easy to read and had some audio as well as great photos and the ability to move around in ways we are comfortable with in our phones.
Now it's just a basic PDF file that is something you might have expected last century. They have gone backwards in Time and made this completely useless on a phone. I want my digital subscription retired. I will be getting my news elsewhere.
Microscopic print 1/5
I love the content of Time Magazine, but they have completely screwed up the digital version of this magazine. First by requiring you to view it in portrait view (ever try to balance your iPad on your lap and enjoy a coffee on Sunday morning?) and now they have reduced the font so small that you have to zoom in on each page just to read. I can't imagine that the people who made these decision actually tried reading the magazine on a phone or tablet.
I can't believe this, but I'm actually going back to the print version. Feel like I'm going back in Time.....pathetic.
Update made app useless 1/5
They discontinued all the great features of the digital edition. It is now just a pdf scan of the magazine. Just cancelled my subscription. Shame
Big fan...then it's all gone 2/5
I went from a five star review to a two star review. I used to absolutely love this app - had audio, a beautiful layout, and some of the best high level news reporting around. Still has the great news but they removed all the essential features that made this distinct. I hope they decide to go back to what they were doing so well. A PDF doesn't cut it in 2017 when there are so many great free options out there for news.
Awful New Format 1/5
By Eugene Pagano
This app used to download e-book versions of recent issues, and had hyperlinks to navigate through it. It now only offers a PDF file, unreadable small type on an iPhone.
They want to rip people off 1/5
I have a year to go before my print subscription expires. But to get digital access, they want you to prematurely sign up for renewal and then commit to it being automatic every year. Seriously??? No thank you.
Unbelievably useless! 1/5
Time removed all their cool interactive bells and whistles (e.g., graphics, videos, etc.) from this app. Now it's a simple PDF in a "new, improved "smaller font! So small you have to manually enlarge every page to read it and shrink it back to get to the next page. Hey Time, this is supposed to be a "value add" app, not a "value less"!
It would be nice to be able to highlight text and bookmark them.
Bookmark management still lacking. It would be nice if the TOC showed the article the reader was reading when it is pulled down.
Bookmark management needs improving. The app doesn't allow the user to delete older bookmarks that reference an issue that THE APP deleted earlier because it was old!
Swiping from page to page has slowed considerably since your last update. I'm pretty sure it's the Time magazine app because others apps that swipe such as photos swipe normally.
Thanks for implementing some of my suggestions. Here's another one. Please add the complete article titles to the TOCs. When the user is reading an issue and presses the table of contents button. The TOC lists abbreviated titles, so abbreviated that the user is unable to figure out which article is which.
The "Most Recently Read" link doesn't always work,
If you bookmark an article and then delete the magazine issue, the bookmark remains and can't be deleted!
Item #4 below still not available.
This is perfect example of an implementation that fell in love with its technology platform and lost sight of its purpose, namely enhance the reader's viewing experience.
e.g., 1) All pictures require the reader to tap on a + sign to see the picture's captions. Personally I'd prefer to see the caption with the picture and turn it off in the rare instance I wanted to see something behind it.
2) If the user downloads a later issue, the app loses track of where the reader was in the previous issue. Te app should maintain an article history showing where the user was.
3) The app overuses the "pull tab for more info" feature. This isn't easy for disabled people.
4) It would be nice to be able to highlight and search text, bookmark articles and see definitions when you select a word. However the biggest problem is: How do you download the latest issue? It turns out you go to the apps "library" and select the issue you want to download. There should be an option to automatically download a new issue whenever your iPad is connected to the web.
Bad Update 2/5
Why change from the smooth intuitive app of scrolling right to left for articles and up and down to read a specific article? Now I'm just reading a shrunken version of the magazine. Great content, but the app design is terrible at the moment.