News Corp has extended the free access trial of The Daily by two weeks, hinting at a late February release of the next major iOS update. The Daily costs $.99 per week, but iOS 4.3 is required for apps to charge users for recurring subscriptions. The Daily was originally planned to be released alongside, or near, iOS 4.3.
News Corp simply can’t charge users for reading The Daily until 4.3 is released (and the app will likely cease to function on lesser firmwares once the update is pushed out), so extending the free trial window is probably motivated by more than just generosity. Apple has been pumping out 4.3 betas rather quickly, so we very well may see a public release before the end of the month.