Farewell, Leanna Lofte!

Farewell, Leanna Lofte!

I'm heartbroken and yet profoundly proud to announce that this is Leanna Lofte's last week here at iMore. Leanna first joined us as a forum member in September of 2008, and impressed us so much that she quickly became a moderator, and by April of 2009, had begun writing app reviews. Among her earliest subjects were, of course, a math app and a photography app roundup. Studying and teaching math, and taking photographs, were and are two of her greatest passions. (The others being, as anyone who follows any of her social streams well knows, tiny dogs that look more like Ewoks, her husband and fellow mathamagician, Dave, and most recently, her impossibly cute little daughters, Lila and Lucy.)

All of those, and more, have been evident in her work at iMore. Most especially her photography, if only because it so magnificently captures and shares all of the others. (And because her insistance that math is theoretical has shaken our world-views and, frankly, scared us.)

From camera tests for all the latest iOS devices, to apps that she reviewed and taught us all how to better use, to the hero imagery that now adorns all of our pages, Leanna not only changed how iMore looks, but how we at iMore look at the world around us. (In a custom white-balanced, rule-of-thirds grid, if you must know!)

And now she's done with blogging, and is moving on.

Leanna has been offered and has accepted a job in the San Francisco Bay Area, doing what we just know she'll be incredibly great at doing. She'll be taking the rest of the week to finish up some special projects for iMore she's been wanting to do for a while, and then she'll be seeing to her move, and her new career, and as much as we'll miss her terribly, we're even more unbelievably happy and excited for her.

Leanna, you've brought joy to us every day through your intelligence and your charm. You taught us and inspired us, and we're so very much better, in so very many ways, for having had you here.

We wish you every happiness. You'll always be with us in spirit, and in our hearts.

Thank you, Leanna, for everything!

For the further adventures of Leanna Lofte, you should follow her on Twitter @llofte

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Michelle Haag says:

Good luck in your new ventures Leanna! :) See you in Candy Crush land. :P

Simon Sage says:

Leanna, your photography is going to be the gold standard around these parts for a long time to come. It's been really awesome working with you.

david.e.crocker@gmail.com says:

Agreed. I cannot tell you how your advice and columns have helped my photographs look so much better. Best of luck!

Richard Devine says:

I wish I was even a thousandth of the photographer you are, you'll be missed, but we're all behind you for your future endeavours! Best of luck!

CapnDap says:


SockRolid says:

Thanks, good luck, and have fun Leanna!

ricbon says:


Good OL MC says:

Sad to hear you're moving on but glad to hear you're moving forward. Good luck and I hope we see you around :-).

emjayess says:

Thanks, Leanna, for all your great reviews!

And I'll miss the best photo ever published on iMore! (see above)

toml2003 says:

All the best Leanna! Thanks for the reviews and the great review of my app!

metllicamilitia says:

Farewell from iMore Leanna, I still follow you on Twitter so the photography won't be gone :) best of luck and joy in your new endeavor.

Dev from tipb says:

Best wishes in your new endeavors!

Vox says:

Damn, I've got a sadz now :(

Good luck with your new projects, and be happy with your decisions :)

mcoutts81 says:

From one mathematician to another; farewell, good luck and thank you.

captobie says:

Best wishes Leanna, you will truly be missed around here!

west3man says:

No more Leanna? Sad frickin' face.

But I've gotta wish you and your family well. All the best.

*kicks rocks*

Rowanova says:

Sad to here you're leaving, Leanna. But at least we all know that it's your choice and you're continuing in a positive path for yourself and your family. Always looked forward to your postings. I've learned a lot from you. Thanks and best regards.

William Shook says:

Best of luck @llofte! The iMore community is surely sad to see you go but glad you're moving on to a new enterprise!

kritter217 says:

Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! (but good luck...... :-) )

BeyondtheTech says:

Thanks for all your input and insight are iMore. They remain invaluable and appreciated!

bamf-hacker says:

Your resignation has been denied... :)

Good luck with your new job. Your reviews and posts will be missed.

Mazon says:

You will be missed, very missed


richard_rsp says:

Aww... :(

Good Luck, Leanna! I wish the best for you! :)

Dredd67 says:

Farewell ; ) I hope the section will stay.

I wasn't always thrilled by the app choices you made, but at least I had the opportunity to discover things I wouldn't have otherwise, and sometimes good ones.

Bill McNeal says:

Best of luck Leanna! You have been my favorite writer on here pretty much since you started writing for imore. I almost always agreed with your app reviews and you've discovered some great ones I never knew existed. I offer a sincere thank you to you for all that you've done on this site the past few years. Again, best of luck to you and your family in your future endeavors!!

teepeeayy says:

Thanks for all the great articles. May God bless you in your new venture. As important as the i-devices are as cameras, here's hoping Rene finds someone with near the skill set you have to continue this important niche.

Jobook1 says:

Farewell and best of luck with your adventures!

ernbrdn says:

Farewell Leanna, you'll be sorely missed. Your reviews and articles are some of the only ones that I get excited to read, and don't begin reading with preconcieved notions. Enjoy your move and good luck to you and your family.

RaWr says:

This makes me incredibly happy. I can't help but to feel great joy towards her departure to pursue another chapter in the book of life. It is not often that opportunities like this come to people and I like to think she has the right set of skills to embrace it and make the best of it.

You will be missd, best of luck to you and your family!

Wyatt says:

Best of wishes Leanna on your new endeavor.

petaf says:

Happy Belated Birthday, Leanna! Best of luck!! :)

Leanna Lofte says:

It's not belated. Today is my birthday :) thanks!

zdn1042 says:

Happy Birthday! And, best of luck.

ZkiZZoiD says:

we'll miss you leanna.. happy birthday!

Gsarfin says:

Wishing you and your family all the best!

Sohail Shaikh says:

Thanks .. and Welcome to the Bay Area :)

mcmillan27 says:

Leanna, your reviews, columns and suggestions for photography apps have been a pleasure to read and are always insightful. I've trusted your judgement enough to go ahead and not only look them up but purchase some of them without a second thought. Your presence on iMore will surely be missed. We, as a community, hope you drop by the forums once in a while to keep in touch.

Happy Birthday and may God bless you and your family.


Leanna Lofte says:

Thank you so much everyone! You are all so nice :)

mattoaks says:

Leanna has been my favorite app reviewer and photo expert on imore since it was named theiphoneblog.com and tipb.com. Thanks for all your insights. Your words will be missed. Good luck in your future endeavors!!

iuser_ind says:

Happy Birthday and thanks for all the good info on using the iPhone for photography. I use a Nikon but now I also use my iPhone thanks to your reviews. Good luck!

Freiteez says:

I've been here since 2009 and I've loved all the app reviews Leanna has done and especially all her photography. Thank you for all you've done to better our search for apps and better use of our iPhone camera. You will be missed.

P.S. Happy Birthday!!!!

lornaevo says:

You will be missed on imore. But I wish you success at your new job.

kev46 says:

Your photo reviews were fantastic and learned a few things along the way....All the best....you shall be missed but never forgotten.
Good luck.
Happy birthday!

NetMage says:

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

s2by10 says:

Great job, Leanna. We'll miss you here. Wish you the best!

Dionte says:

Happy birthday :-) best wishes on your new career.

lfeuln says:

Best of luck Leanna, you'll definitely be missed.

And happy (shared) :D birthday! Hope you could celebrate it and the new job well.

wamadden4 says:

Leanna, you will be missed around here... Thank you for your wonderful articles and insight. You are truly great!

mad_iphone4 says:

Good luck Leanna! Wish you the best of luck in your new job.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Couldn't have said it better. You've not only been a great colleague but also have become a very close friend.

H and i will be visiting you soon out in Cali! Love you lots and we know you'll do amazing things! I'll make sure I say rule of thirds and MOAR WHITE in campfire at LEAST twice a day!

Sent from the iMore App

JPiLLa says:

Congrats on the new gig! Best of luck and well wishes.

025899 says:

Happy Birthday and Good Luck!

takata says:

Over the years, I've become a fan of Leanna's posts. I take special effort to pay attention and read her articles. Not downplaying the other editors, but I truly spend more time on hers and Rene's posts. Sad that she's going. All the best Leanna. Please drop by with occasional posts!

jayman16 says:

I do the same thing. I'll really miss your posts and twitter convo's.

melvster says:

thank you for introducing me to the rule of thirds, for which i will be forever grateful! good luck with your new endeavors, leanna, and welcome to the bay area!

Ipheuria says:

Leanna sad to see you go but glad to hear about your upcoming adventures :)

ame says:

Best of luck to you, you will be missed!

frank5o says:

Best of luck to you Leanna, I know I have enjoyed reading your work for some time now and it will be missed.

Sloppyjm says:

Welcome To The SF Bay Area (Campbell / LosGatos Resident Here

tumnus says:

I always enjoyed reading Leanna's app reviews -- always very well written insightful. Good luck!

slimchap says:

I don't know if there's anyone that miss Leanna's articles as much as I will.....*crying* NOOOOOOO!