Editorial

Disconnecting from iCloud is scarier than it should be

As a long time user of Apple's cloud services dating back to iTools (and even dabbling with AppleLink back in the day), I just assumed that most people used iCloud. Until I started working at an Apple reseller and helping people with their Macs and iOS devices. And that's when I discovered that a lot of people don't. What's more, if they do start using iCloud and later change their minds, Apple makes decoupling from the service absolutely terrifying.

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NSFW: Merry Godzillamas, Godzilla phones, and Apple getting the fundamentals right

I'm sort of all over the place this week, so bear with me: I've got some exciting Godzilla news, I'm defending my criticism of the iPhone 6 Plus and I'm ranting a bit about Apple. So stick around.

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What's on Ally's Yosemite dock right now!

The Mac is still the most important device in my workflow. I depend on it each and every day to get my job done here at iMore. From article ideas to rough drafts to editing photography, my iMac and my MacBook Air are indispensable. Of course, the machine itself isn't what drives my workflow, it's the apps. I've already given you a look at what's on both my iPhone 6 and my iPad Air 2, so here's a look at my Mac dock, and the apps I use on a daily basis!

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iOS 9 wish-list: VIP for Contacts, not just Mail

Mail's VIP feature is great. I can "star" the people most important to me, thus enabling sound and Lock screen notifications solely for them. It's a great way to make sure I'm alerted when I get email that matters, and avoid being interrupted when it doesn't. My problem? VIP currently only exists as a feature in the Mail app. There's no way to do the same for Messages or any other communication app I have installed.

I'd love to see VIP moved from Mail's settings to Contacts proper, so that I can make sure the people who are literally "very important" get through more easily, no matter how they choose to communicate with me. And it'd be great if it happened with iOS 9.

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Handoff versus iCloud sync, explained

Handoff is the cornerstone of Apple's Continuity feature — a way to make your iPhone, iPad, and Mac integrate and work better together. It lets you start an activity on one device and pick up right where you left off on another device. But... sync has done that for years, hasn't it? What makes Handoff better and more convenient? Let's break it down.

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Switch to iPhone: For a bigger and better display

There's never been a better time to switch to iPhone. Whether you're tempted for yourself or looking to help the Android user in your life, the all-new, all-bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone-6-plus make the move more compelling than ever — starting with the screen sizes.

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Drafts, and what's happening with iOS 8 widget rejections

The developer behind Drafts, a popular time-shifting text app, was told by the App Store review team that he needed to remove their Today view widget from iOS's Notification Center due to the behavior of its buttons. It's one of a growing number of post-review rejections for Notification Center widgets that began with PCalc. Though Apple later reversed its PCalc decision, the company has continued to reexamine other widgets. So, what's going on... and why?

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NSFW: Why Mark Zuckerberg needs to shut up about Apple

Mark Zuckerberg apparently thinks Apple is charging too much for its products, and said so in an interview this past week. The comment didn't come out of nowhere — Zuckerberg was reacting to a comment Tim Cook made about Facebook's core business model. Who's right?

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What's on Ally's iPad Air 2 right now!

I've already shown you folks what I'm currently using on my iPhone 6, so next up is my iPad Air 2. Since I use my iPad differently than I use my iPhone, I don't organize it the same way. For that matter, I don't even have the same apps on both devices. I know some folks are driven nuts by a lack of consistency, but this is one place where I deem it acceptable. Why? Read on for a look at the apps I'm currently rocking on my iPad Air 2.

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The iPhone 6 Plus is just too big

When Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September, I bought the iPhone 6. I don't regret it. But since then I've been able to spend some time with the iPhone 6 Plus, and I have to admit, I just don't get it. It's just too damn big.

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