Editorial

App Store ratings are broken, let's get rid of them

App Store reviews have been a thorn in the side of developers for about as long as they've been around. And yet another story is making its rounds on the Internet to remind us of App Store reviews' ugly side.

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214: What should we expect from Apple this year?

2013 brought us quite a lot from Apple, backloaded as it might have been. For the first half of the year, there was almost nothing. Then, at WWDC 2013 in June, Apple showed off iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, released the Haswell MacBook Air and 802.11ac AirPort and Time Capsule base-stations, and teased an all-new Mac Pro. July saw the launch of Logic Pro X. September is when things really got started, with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, followed in October by the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, the Haswell MacBook Pro and Haswell iMac, and new, free-with-purchase, versions of the iWork and iLife. So what can we expect from Apple in 2014?

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Forget the rumored iPad Pro, what 2014 needs is a better Apple TV

Rumors of a 13-inch iPad Pro were once again making the rounds this week, amped up by talk of a 4K Retina display. I have absolutely no idea whether or not it will ever become a real product, but I’ll happily go on record saying I don’t think 4k resolution makes a lot of sense for a tablet. It’s possible someone might put one out, and it’s definitely possible that there is a market for one, but I don’t think it’s possible for such a product to financially matter to a company like Apple in 2014. Personally, I think Apple could get more bang for the buck if they opened a game store for the Apple TV.

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Top iMore videos of 2013

Apple's most popular video of the year, based on YouTube views, was also their most recent: Misunderstood (above). That's remarkable given the run they had this year, which included the WWDC, iPhone event, and iPad/Mac event keynotes, product introduction videos, the iOS 7 video, and other excellent ads like Every Day Photos. For iMore, our most popular videos, outside early app previews, were once again heavy on device comparisons and feature previews, but not without a little event thrown into the mix.

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Most important Apple and technology stories of 2013

As much as the year is made up for small moments, of hours and days and weeks that record a steady beat of news from one to the next, it's also punctuated by canons, by shots that shake us, challenge us, and forever change our awareness. Sometimes they're the result of great achievements, of remarkable new products or discoveries. Other times they're the result of tragedy, of terrible acts or revelations. 2013, like all years, had its share of both. These are, in our opinion, the most important of them.

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Apple's 12 Days of Gifts prove giving can be hard

Apple is onto Day 4 of their 12 Days of Gifts, and while the sentiment was and is wonderful, there have been some hiccups along the way, both technical and expectational. Gifting at scale - and we're talking hundreds of millions of people here - is something very difficult to implement. So what's gone wrong and how could it be fixed?

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On cheaper TVs and buying less, but better

As a consumer electronics market matures, early entrants are typically challenged by cheaper competitors who are then challenged by increasingly cheaper competitors until products become commoditized and most value goes out of them. (Similar to premium software or services getting beaten by cheap getting beaten by free.) Inevitably the quality of the product suffers, trending towards the disposable, which is offset by the low replacement costs. When you add up all the costs and tradeoffs between quality products and cheap products, over the course of many years, there difference isn't great - you always pay somehow - but the up-front expenditure is so much less, it makes it tough to argue premium consumer electronic products have much if any place left in the market. Which is John Herrman's case for buying a shitty TV on BuzzFeed:

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iTunes for iCloud: Could Apple media become ubiquitous on the web?

One of the headline features of WWDC 2013 - and of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks - was iWork in iCloud, a way to share, view, edit, and collaborate on Pages, Keynote, and Numbers documents on the web. It looks great, it works great, and most importantly, it allows Apple - without having to build or maintain separate native apps for each and every alternate platform on the market - to open up their productivity suite beyond iOS and OS X, to make it available to anyone and everyone who has a compatible browser. So, could they do the same thing with iTunes, and with their media suite of music, TV shows, movies, and books?

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Why you should wait to jailbreak iOS 7

An iOS 7 jailbreak has been released by the evasi0n team. What's more, it's untethered and will work on any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that can run iOS 7.0 through iOS 7.0.4. Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends and the uncertainty begins. There are lots of reasons, even post-iOS 7, that someone might want to jailbreak. However, there are even more important reasons, with this specific jailbreak, that everyone should hold off, at least for now...

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Cord cut: How Apple TV, iOS, and SONOS now run my home theater

A couple of years ago I pulled the plug on cable TV. Even though my local cable company provided for à la carte channel selection - $10 basic local service, then $20 for 20 channels or $30 for 30 channels - there just wasn't enough of what I wanted and too much of what I didn't. Since then I've been using an Apple TV as my primary TV conduit. And it's been working amazingly well. Here's what I'm doing...

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