Editorial

Hall of fame: Loren Brichter and Tweetie

Tweetie for iPhone launched in 2008 and from the very beginning was described as the Twitter app Apple themselves would have made. While that was certainly meant to compliment Tweetie's native look and feel, and its incredible performance, it falls short of capturing the skill and vision of Loren Brichter, the man behind the app.

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WWDC 2013 wish-list: iMore's top OS X 10.9 wants!

What does everyone here at iMore want to see in OS X 10.9? Apple does still make a desktop operating system, after all, and let's face it, even trucks need new engineering and body work. Since this is the final week before WWDC 2013 it's the last chance for us, staff and friends alike, to make with the feature requests. So...

To the wish-lists!

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2013 iMore hall of fame

The 2013 iMore hall of fame will be inducting apps that were launched no later than December 31, 2008, which means this year, for the first time, the first wave of official App Store apps, and the developers and designers who crafted them, are now in contention.

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WWDC 2013 wish-list: iMore's top iOS 7 wants!

What do we want to see in iOS 7? That's a question I've been trying to answer since pretty much the moment after iOS 6 launched last year. But this being the final week before WWDC 2013 it's the last chance everyone here at iMore, staff and friends alike, have to stretch our imaginations and let our number one wishes for iOS 7 really fly.

So, up, up, and away!

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Editor's Desk: Just. Breathe.

My stress level seldom goes above a 7. (Roofs are a rare exception!) I have Georgia to thank for that. She taught me her ZEN & TECH breathing kung-fu and I'm using all of them right now. Here's why:

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iOS 7 wants: An iMessage. Merged with FaceTime. That works. Everywhere.

iMessage and FaceTime today do pretty much what they did years ago at launch. While it's hard to say they've been neglected, Apple hasn't prioritized them to the same degree their competition has been prioritizing Google Hangouts, FaceBook Messenger, or BlackBerry Messenger of late. What features Apple has been adding have been centered more around notifications and the management thereof, which are important but secondary to core communications features. You can't be notified about something you can't do. All of this adds up to something I'd sorely like to see integrated, fixed, and perhaps even expanded in iOS 7:

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Who needs a Mac Pro when they can get an iMac?

In previous editorials I've shared my opinion on the state of the Mac Pro and what the next Mac Pro could have inside. Now it's time to ask a more fundamental question: Do we need the Mac Pro at all? After all, isn't the iMac the...well...pro desktop Mac?

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Apple vs. Android: The marketshare mentality, and why it's a mistake

Last week Techpinions.com posted a really good editorial by John Kirk discussing how much of a joke it is to consider Android the winner in the smartphone space simply because they have the most market share. The very next day, Business Insider tech editor Jay Yarow pubished a post with a headline that read, “Apple Should Be Furious That It Has Such A Tiny Sliver Of The Smartphone Market.” Here's John Gruber’s response at Daring Fireball. And here's my take...

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Microsoft once again fails to understand that, when it comes to tablets, Windows isn't a feature - It's a liability

Microsoft has been fielding some new anti-iPad commercials that, on the surface (see what I did there?) seem to take a page out of Apple's old "I'm a Mac" ads of days long gone by, or even Motorola's "Droid Does" campaign of a few years back. They show an iPad side by side against a Windows 8 tablet, and then demonstrate several areas in which they, Microsoft, think the Windows 8 tablet beats to iPad. And that's where it goes off the rails...

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Did you hear the one about the iPhone with the 4x Super Retina display?

There's a rumor going around that Apple might be considering going to @4x -- a "Super Retina" for a future iPhone display. Apple went to @2x, from 320x480 at 163ppi to 640x960 at 326ppi for the iPhone 4 Retina display, and lengthened it to 640x1136 at the same 326ppi for the iPhone 5's 4-inch widescreen display. These days, however, Android phones are shipping with 1080x1920 (1080p) displays at well over 400ppi.

So, to leap ahead again, and to keep things just as easy on the apps as the last big density increase, in some theoretical universe Apple could just double again to @4X, right?

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