Editorial

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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Editor's desk: Taking the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro on the road

There's no such thing as perfection. We strive for it. We seek it. But we can never find it. Because everything has its advantages and disadvantages, its good points and bad. Everything is a compromise. Knowing that, understanding that, the trick becomes finding the best compromise. For me, for a few years, that's been a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro at home, and a 13-inch MacBook Air for travel. But now that's changed. Now I'm typing this on an airplane, on a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. So, why?

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NSFW: About the crossguard on that lightsaber...

NSFW is a weekly op-ed column in which I talk about whatever's on my mind. Sometimes it'll have something to do with the technology we cover here on iMore; sometimes it'll be whatever pops into my head. Your questions, comments and observations are welcome.

On Friday, Disney released a teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie, which won't come out until the holiday season next year. Haven't seen it? Go check it out. I'll be waiting here. It's entitled The Force Awakens, and in the brief footage, we get to see stormtroopers, a spherical droid bouncing along, a Sith-looking character with a wicked-looking lightsaber, and the money shot: the Millennium Falcon in all its glory, dodging and weaving as it fights TIE Fighters. Predictably, Star Wars fans on the Internet found something to lose their minds about: In this case, the crossguard on the light saber.

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Ally's favorite things: 2014 gift guide

It's holiday time again and that can only mean one thing — it's time for all of us here at iMore to tell you what our favorite things are as we close out the year. While our comprehensive Mobile Nations gift guide is sure to have something for everyone, we always like to give you guys something a little more personal by telling you what we've been using ourselves throughout the year. While you can of course expect the usual gadgetry and accessories, some of my picks are a little more personal and completely non-tech related. So no matter who you're shopping for, or if you're looking for ideas for yourself, here are some of my favorite purchases this year!

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Haven't updated to iOS 8 yet? Now's the time!

There's an old saying among computer users who tend towards the conservative — wait for the update to the update. It means that, when a new version of software comes out, they avoid it. They also avoid the urgent update that typically follows it. They avoid until the one comes out that's had time to address most if not all of the early issues. Then they jump on it. For iOS 8 holdouts, that update was iOS 8.1.1 and it was released last week. So, if you're still on the fence about installing the update, here's what you need to know!

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Peter's Favorite Things: 2014 Gift Guide

With the holidays upon us, it's time for everyone at iMore to share our favorite things to help inspire your ideas for shopping on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. With the Mobile Nations gift guide already posted and Rene's Favorite Things available, I figured I'd throw in my two cents' worth in case you're looking for gift ideas or just need to get something nice for yourself.

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How Apple keeps your SMS/MMS and call relays private and secure

With Continuity you can relay your SMS/MMS and calls from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac. That means, if your iPhone isn't close by, you don't have to go running for it just to take or make a text or call. As long as you have an iPhone and are logged into the same Apple ID on all your devices, you can do both right from your iPad and iPad. It's not only easy to do, it's private and secure.

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