Welcome to How It Works, the magazine that explains everything you never knew you wanted to know about the world we live in. Loaded with fully illustrated guides and expert knowledge, and with sections dedicated to science, technology, transportation, space, history and the environment, no subject is too big or small for How It Works to explain.

What you’ll find in every issue:
• Global Eye – the latest news, developments and events from the world of science, technology and space
• Features – Covering science, technology, history, environment, transport and space –
How It Works’ features explain the most fascinating subjects and topics in a fun and exciting way that everyone can understand
• Brain Dump – Q&A section that offers readers the chance to have all of their burning ‘how and why’ questions answered
• Reviews – group tests featuring all of the latest gadgets

This is a magazine app that requires you to purchase single issues or a subscription to access content once you have downloaded the app

Back issues and future issues are available for purchase within the App.

Future issues are also available through the following auto-renewing subscription deals:

• 13 issues (365 days) at £24.99 / $32.99
• 6 issues (180 days) at £14.99 / $19.99
• 1 issue (30 days) at £2.29 / $2.99

=== Terms and Conditions of Subscriptions ===
The subscription will include the current issue if you do not already own it and subsequently published future issues. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. The subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. The cost of the renewal will match the initial subscription price.

You may turn off auto-renewing subscriptions by going to your user’s Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during your active subscription period.

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What's New

Version 5.101

- Minor update.

Ratings and Reviews

We need to try it out

Sheldor The Conqueror

The problem with many magazine offerings on iOS (and all the other platforms), is that the interface can be tediously slow and the layout, dull and unimaginative. We really require these days to have a sample version to move through and test.

I think I would enjoy a good number of these issues but…
a. I have no idea what is included in each magazine
b. I feel reluctant to pay for a random issue, only to be disappointed by the same old scanned PDF offering all over again (it may be brilliant, but how do I know?).

So, please provide a sample few pages to view and include an index to the subjects covered in the various issues. Thanks.

Oh… and by the way, sure you can orient to landscape mode for a static preview (although it wasn't clearly mentioned), but that is no indication of the interactivity within the magazine itself. Also, the contents page is far too tiny to be legible.

I think this typifies the problem with the thinking surrounding mobile development. These are not magazines, they are something different. Delivering the same content, albeit digital, in the same format is not the answer. Magazines are tactile. It's about the glossy pages and scanning from one page to the next. It's not possible to do that on a tablet without panning, swiping and zooming. It's a lot of work for not much reward. You have all this extra power at your disposal, so use it. Make the page dance.

Nuff said.

Not great


Update: There have been no noticeable improvements with the latest app. Navigation, zooming in, and reading are all still a rotten experience on the iPhone.

Original review:
I bought this via the new Newsstand app on the iPhone. I knew the actual magazine was an in-app purchase - that was obvious and I can't believe people thought they would get a regular magazine for free.

With regards to the way the magazine is presented, I am quite disappointed. It's just a series of images of the individual pages. Therefore zooming in on an article doesn't focus in on the text like zooming does in Safari. You have to pinch and move the article to get it into place. General navigation throughout the magazine is also rather poor because of this. I probably won't buy any other magazines from Newsstand if they all work this way. I guess it may look better on the iPad.

With regards to the actual content of the magazine, it appears the target market is A-level science students: good introductory explanations that could entice you to explore further. I'm hoping to see New Scientist in the store soon - but I'll only buy if the articles are presented in a way that's suitable for viewing on an iPhone.

How it works: economy


My god I'm fed up of reading reviews from people that are so you really think they are going to give this stuff away! Seriously!!! How exactly did you think they would make money from it? And don't use the excuse that you paid a lot of money for you phone! Because guess what theres a 100 other phones you could of bought instead! So don't blame the billion pound company for you wanting to buy their shiny product! The app it's self seems fine ive never had any problems with it, it's easy enough to use unless you are brain dead although it is definitely designed with the iPad more in mind, but still it does exactly what is supposed to so unless you are just another complainer it's fine!


Imagine Publishing
78 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  1. 1 Month Subscription £2.29
  2. 6 Month Subscription £14.99
  3. 1 Year Subscription £24.99


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