Can I read magazines on my Mac?
Having used Windows for many years I have at last seen the light and purchased a 21.5-inch iMac, which I’m delighted with. Can I get Newsstand on it? Rob Jenkins
There’s no Mac equivalent of Newsstand. It was rumoured for Mavericks but ultimately didn’t make it. This is probably because the app is actually just a special sort of folder for individual magazines, each of which counts as an iOS app in its own right.
An OS X version of Newsstand only makes sense if publishers are willing to make OS X versions of their magazine apps as well. Even on the iPad, Newsstand isn’t terribly popular, so a Mac version isn’t likely.
Newsstand’s rival, Zinio, has a Mac app. However, subscriptions can’t be migrated between the two platforms, so you’d need to pay for a separate Zinio subscription. Zinio provides apps for OS X and iOS, but bear in mind that this lacks the interactive features of MacFormat’s Newsstand edition.
For now at least, Newsstand is only available on iOS, but MacFormat is available on Zinio too!