Stop the presses! As well as being available as a printed magazine and Zinio edition, you can now get Tap! as a proper iPad app. Packed with videos, 360° spinnable kit photos, and all our app and games reviews to help you find the best of the App Store, this is Tap!, made on the iPad, for the iPad.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get the Tap! app edition on my iPad?
Click here to download the Tap! magazine reader from the App Store for free, then you can buy individual issues or subscribe from inside that app. Remember that the first app edition doesn’t go on sale until 29 September.
How much is a single issue/subscription to the Tap! app edition?
A single issue costs £2.99 / $4.99 / €3.99, or you can subscribe, saving as much as 38%, for:
90 days: £7.99 / $11.99 / €9.99
180 days: £11.99 / $16.99 / €13.99
365 days: £23.99 / $33.99 / €26.99
(The app edition is available in other currencies too.)
Can I get the Tap! app edition on my iPhone or iPod touch?
The app edition is exclusive to the iPad. If you’d like to read Tap! on your iPhone or iPod touch, our Zinio edition is great; it can switch to a view optimized for these smaller screens.
Can I get a combined app and print edition subscription?
At the moment, we can’t offer a combined subscription. It’s something we do want to be able to do, though, so we’re working on it.
Is the app identical to the print and Zinio editions?
Not quite. All the main stuff – the app, games and kit reviews, and the tutorials and big features – appears in both, but there are some things that only appear in one or other editions of the magazine. Obviously, some things such as videos can’t be included in the printed magazine, but as well as that, some sections or bonus features don’t appear in separate editions. For the maximum Tap! goodness, get both!
Will the issues just fill up my iPad?
Because of the clever way we’ve built the app, each issue is actually much smaller than most other magazines’ digital editions. Even a whole year of Tap! shouldn’t take up much space, and you can archive off old issues if things start to get tight.
How do I get issues back that I’ve previously bought or subscribed to?
Yes, this process is a bit confusing, and we’re working on making it less so; sorry. Basically, it depends on how you bought your issue(s). If you subscribed for a period of time, and want, for example, to read your issues on more than one device, tap the Help tab at the bottom then tap Restore Purchases at the top; you should now be able to tap on any of the issues from your subscription in the Buy tab to redownload them.
If you bought individual issues, on the other hand, just tap to re-buy any of the issues from the Buy tab. So long as you’re signed into the Store with the same account you were when you bought them, you'll get a message saying that, because you’ve bought those issues before, you can download them for free.
Why do I need an internet connection to view some content?
Videos take up a huge amount of space, so we decided that rather than stuffing your iPad with them, we’d store the videos at Tap! Towers, and stream them over the internet to you when you want to watch them.
Can I opt to download all of the videos to watch when I’m offline?
Not at the moment, but it’s a feature we want to add. Of course, as we add new features, you’ll get free updates to the Tap! app.
How can I get in touch?
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
How do I navigate the app?
To flick through the app a page at a time, either swipe with your finger on a blank part of the page, or tap the right or left hand edge of the iPad’s screen. Alternatively, tap the grey bar at the bottom of the screen to pop up the Nav Bar, which lets you quickly jump to another section, or back to the Hub.
Can I have my iPad read the articles out to me?
Yes! Just enable the iPad’s VoiceOver feature in Settings, then tap on what you want read out. If you’re not familiar with VoiceOver, you’ll need a guide. Start with Apple’s accessibility pages.
How do I submit my app for review?
Refer to the information on the About page.
When I try to buy an app or game, why am I briefly taken to Safari before the App Store?
It’s because of the way the links from our affiliate partner are formatted; sorry, it’s not as smooth a process as we’d like.
How do you make each edition?
Each issue is put together on an app that itself runs on an iPad; look!
See the thinking behind this app edition