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If the iPad mini 2 doesn't go Retina, what other upgrades would you like to see? [Poll]

If the iPad mini 2 doesn't go Retina, what other upgrades would you like to see? [Poll]

Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that the next-generation iPad mini ships without a Retina display. Let's just say, for the sake of argument, the same factors that prevented the original version from having a Retina display - it would have made it thicker and heavier, or compromised battery life - haven't really changed. What else, then, would you like to see in the iPad mini 2?

The iPad 4 now has a 128GB storage option. Would you want that amount of space on the iPad mini? The iPhone 5 has not only a faster Apple A6 processor than the iPad mini's A5, but a much better 8mp iSight camera to the mini's 5mp shooter Would you like either of those moved over? The iPod touch comes in a far greater selection of colors than the monochromatic iPad mini. Would you like to see the mini spruced up with red, blue, and yellow? How about rumored, next generation technologies like new sensors or fingerprint readers? Do either of those appeal to you?

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A plea for human rather than digital authenticity

With iOS 7 Apple famously - and loudly - removed the rich textures of icons and interfaces past and went with the current trend of flatter, more solid, and more type-centric design. Yet with OS X on the Mac, and the just-releaed Logic Pro X, they not only kept a lot of rich design, they embraced all sorts of virtual knobs, switches, and panels. So what's a sane trend follower to do? David Barnard has some ideas:

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iMore show live! Come join us!

The iMore show is back, and Peter and I are talking with Jim Metzendorf about Logic Pro X, and T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon's new carrier plans!

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Would you pay again for iOS 7 versions of your favorite apps?

iOS 7 is coming, and with it an all-new design language. Apps will have to update to reflect that change, or risk looking old and outdated, and lose their place to newer, hotter updates and upstarts. But great design and development aren't free -- they're expensive. So how will companies afford to restart in a post-iOS 7 world. Apple has shown their answer - charge again for the app. Will customers accept this, however? Hall of famer Gedeon Maheux of the Iconfactory wrestles with the upcoming reality on his Gedblog:

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Could your next iPhone work with the Oculus Rift VR headset? CEO says yes

Oculus Rift is the virtual reality headset from Oculus VR that's managed to take the gaming world by storm even though it's not officially on sale yet. It's a Head Mounted Display (HMD) that lets you play your favorite games in 3D. Now the company's CEO says that next-generation smartphones are a target platform for his device, which is coming in 2014.

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What is your favorite iOS mapping solution? [Poll]

What's your favorite iOS mapping solution?

Maps are back in the news today with Google's launch of a major upgrade to their iOS maps app, so what better time to ask the question; what's your favorite iOS mapping solution? We're pretty spoiled for choice, and better still, we're spoiled for choice with free apps. Since the launch of iOS 6 Apple has replaced Google as the default maps app, and there's no question it's been a rough ride since the product first launched. Truth told, none of the mapping services are perfect in any way, but all of them have their fans.

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Why Russian carriers are ditching the iPhone

As of this month, the iPhone is no longer available on any Russian carrier. You can still get iPhones in Russian, of course, both at independent retail chains and, now, directly from Apple. They're just off the Russian carriers, and Phillip Elmer-DeWitt thinks he knows why. From Fortune:

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Soulver-ing for design

Marc Edwards of Bjango and, of course, Iterate continues to share some of the most interesting articles on design process on the web. Today's case in point, using Soulver to help figure out grids, guides, and gutters for app layouts. From the Bjango blog:

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How big would your perfect iPhone be? [Poll]

How big would your perfect iPhone be?

Generally speaking, the size of smartphones is still increasing, so how big would your perfect iPhone be? We're talking hardware today on Talk Mobile, and one of the most noticeable parts of the spec race is display size. Until the iPhone 5 came along, we had just one choice, the 3.5-inch display, on whichever variant of the iPhone we decided to use. The iPhone 5 changed all that, and for the first time the display size increased. But, it only increased as far as 4-inches, and at launch competing smartphones were hitting the market with 4.7-inch and above displays.

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Understanding the Apple vs. USA ebook price-fixing debacle

Last week Apple lost the antitrust suit filed against it by the US government for ebook price fixing. Apple will appeal, of course, and given Apple's statements-to-date, they'll likely appeal it all the way. It's a complex issue that could decide who controls the ebook market for the foreseeable future: Amazon, or everyone but-Amazon. I kid. A little. Adam C. Engst read everything involved and, combined with his years of ebook publishing and his skill as a writer, put together an excellent explanation for what's really going on here. From TiBITS

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