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iPhone 6 release date roulette

iPhone 6. I should have known. The moment after I said we'd be restarting Ask iMore we got flooded with questions, and roughly half of them were variations on — What's the iPhone 6 release date? Should I buy the iPhone 5s now or wait for the iPhone 6? It's amazing that Apple manages to maintain such a high level of interest in the iPhone line even as it approaches the mid-point in its annual product cycle. It's also perfectly reasonable that people considering big electronics purchases — or contract extensions — want to make informed decisions. It's challenging to come up with an answer that both satisfies people's genuine curiosity, reasonably sets their expectations, but also points out Apple hasn't announced anything and likely won't for months and months to come. However, if you're not adverse to playing the odds, there is an answer I can give you now...

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Editor's desk: Return of the daily app roundups!

On any given day hundreds of new and updated titles hit the iOS and Mac App Store. We all care very deeply about some, and not at all about others. And therein lies the challenge — how best to cover the ones that don't appeal to a large cross-section of our readership, the ones outside the overlap? Well, we think we have an idea. It's an old one, but we're going to do it with a new twist!

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OS X Mavericks problems that drive me nuts — how about you?

OS X Mavericks has been out since October. Apple wanted to accelerate the uptake of their newest Mac operating system by offering a free update for anyone using Snow Leopard or higher. And millions of us have. Many for better, but some for worse.

Nothing is bug-free, and Mavericks is no exception. But now that it's been out in the world for a few months and already has a maintenance update under its belt, I find there are still some lingering problems that need addressing. I also did a straw poll on Twitter the other day to find out what was bugging other people. I've combined my thoughts and the feedback I got into this list of Mavericks pet peeves, and I'd very much like to hear what you think, so make sure to comment.

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Alas, poor iPod! We knew him, Horatio: A lament for Apple's music player

The writing is on the wall, and has been for some time: The iPod is on a downward slope. Apple saw a sharp year over year decline in iPod sales - down 52 percent, from 12.7 million iPods sold to 6.05 million. This isn't the first quarter that iPod sales have dropped precipitously, either. What's going on?

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Help us help you and take the iMore 2014 Reader Survey! (Oh, and you can win free stuff, too!)

As you've no doubt noticed, 2013 was an incredible year for iMore. Our community has grown in the forums, the comments, and in the wider social networking sphere. iMore has never been better, from our coverage of the most important news to the latest and greatest in apps for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, to the insightful editorials and in-depth help and how-tos that define our coverage. And we didn't change our name again this year!

As great as 2013 was, we want 2014 to be even better. We're always looking for new ways to better serve you, our loyal readers, with what you need to know around iOS, Mac, Apple, and the mobile technology space. You've let us know that you love the expanded coverage, and we want to know what else you might want.

So we're checking in with you — yes, you — to get your feedback on what we're doing great here on iMore, where we can improve, and what new things you'd like to see us do. We've created a survey to do just that so you can tell us what you think. It will take at least a few minutes. Yes, it's a little on the long side, but that's because we want you to give us an honest critique on how we're doing. Your opinion truly does matter to us.

Oh, and once you reach the end of the survey you'll have the option to enter for your chance to win a brand-new Apple TV! Thanks for taking the time to take our survey — it really is appreciated.

Take the iMore 2014 Reader Survey!

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Why a 5-inch iPhone 6 is far more important than a 13-inch iPad Pro

iPhone 6. 2014 has only just begun and it seems like 5-inch iPhone and 13-inch iPad Pro rumors are already getting a lot of attention and generating a lot of discussion. That both sets of rumors tend to focus around larger screen sizes is interesting, but what's really interesting is why a bigger iPhone is far more important than a bigger iPad...

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"Today Apple revolutionizes—" What exactly?

30 years ago Apple announced the Mac. Back in 1977 they'd helped spearhead the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, putting a command-line interface into homes and onto desks in a way that had never been possible before. In 1984 the Mac did the same for graphical interfaces, harnessing the power of the mouse, pointer, and windows to make computers even easier to use. In 2001 Apple expanded into music, unleashing the iPod + iTunes, and kicking off the mobile entertainment revolution. 2007 marked perhaps the most important announcement in Apple's history, when they took elements of their existing businesses, personal and mobile, and revolutionized the phone with the iPhone. 2010 saw Apple bridge the gap between iPhone and Mac, and once again made the computer even more personal, with the iPad. Any of those would have been the achievement of a lifetime. All of them, the achievement of Apple so far. But after over 30 years of making the computer even more personal and mobile, what on earth could follow? What else in our digital world, what of the magnitude of the computer or the phone, could Apple revolutionize next?

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Happy Birthday, Macintosh

Thirty years ago today, the Macintosh went on sale for the first time. It was a world-changing moment, though few, if any, recognized it at the time. In fact, the Mac struggled to find its own footing at first, and has struggled at various times during its existence. But the Mac has endured. 2014 finds the Mac a vital and thriving platform, more popular now than ever.

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Macs then and now: Comparing 30 years of bang for your buck

The Macintosh turns 30 this week, and it's changed a lot over the years — from a compact beige box that looked like a kitchen appliance, equipped with a black and white display and floppy drive, to the array of laptop and desktop machines we know today. Thirty years is a long time, so I thought it might be fun to compare Macs over the years to see how pricing and features have changed.

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The state of Mac gaming in 2014: Will Apple ever get its game on?

Over the past 30 years, it's safe to say that the Macintosh has had a ... complicated ... relationship with gaming. While it's unlikely that the Mac will ever be a premiere gaming system like a console or even like a PC, 2014 brings a certain equilibrium, along with a lot of room for improvement.

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