Editor's desk: New iPad wrap up, Daisey, resolutionizing, 4G, features, and forums

Editor's desk: New iPad wrap up, Daisy, 4G, features, and forums

Better late than never, right? That's going to be a bit of a recurring theme for the first few items on this week's hit list, as we wrap up our new iPad coverage and dive head-long into the rest of the week that was. So let's not waste any more time...

New iPad triple play

iPad photo gallery

It took us a while to get our massive new iPad review up and I make no apologies for that. We worked, literally in many cases, around the clock for over a week making sure we used our new iPads, tested them, challenged them and got a sense of how they really worked in the real world. That took time. So did the the Mobile Nations round table, and iMore community report card that went with it.

I think it was time well spent though. We only get a few new devices a year at iMore, so when we get them we want to cover them well. That means not only technology, but usability and experience.

And that takes time.

Resolutionizing

How websites are adapting for the iPad Retina display and other HiDPI screens

We've been slowly but surely updating iMore so it looks insanely greater on the new iPad's Retina display. Our last redesign transformed a lot of the layout to CSS, which automagically renders in HiDPI on Retina. For the persistent graphical elements, like the header logo and sidebar icons, we've embedded the images at 2x size. They're small enough that 60px vs 30px doesn't make a huge difference to load times or bandwidth costs (for us or our users who may be on limited data plans).

We're not sure how we're going to handle the big post heroes or screenshots yet. We're looking at media-query and other options, and when we settle on something, we'll let you know.

We also did a special edition round-table on the last episode of Iterate all about Retina design, if you want to hear a lot more from a lot smarter on this.

No Daisey at all

While I was busy with the new iPad, reporters were busy finding out that Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, wherein he painted a sensationally horrifying portrait of Apple's place in the Asian economy, wasn't so much journalism as drama. That he was an actor doing a play was, apparently, lost on everyone until now.

Daisey shares some of the blame for that by intentionally putting himself into stories where he had no part, portraying his work as fact when it was fictionalized, and for giving interviews where he, like Sascha Baron Cohen, remained bizarrely in-character. The media shares some of the blame as well, for being so eager to put Apple into the headlines that they rushed to publish before looking into the very real problems in Daisey's accounts. The rest of the blame falls squarely on us, the public, and our hunger for juicy, controversial, Apple-related stories. It's the Bruce Lee cover I wrote about earlier this week, and it's not going away any time soon.

In the end the story both helped bring attention to the issue of Chinese factories and working conditions and then clouded those very real issues in convolution, confusion, and even more controversy. Daisey wasn't and should never have been the story. Lesson, hopefully, learned.

That's not 4G

Speaking of lessons in need of learning, Apple got in some trouble this week when it turned out their 4G LTE iPad didn't work on International 4G LTE networks... which is precisely what Apple said during the new iPad event back at the beginning of March. That pesky little 4G term, however -- the one US carriers late to the LTE game like T-Mobile and AT&T started using for HSPA+ and the one Apple carefully avoided at the iPhone 4S launch but seemingly embraced and extended at the new iPad launch -- came back to bite them on the ass.

While Apple was clear about who was getting LTE up front, using 4G on the packaging turned out to be a problem in Australia and Europe and where carriers aren't as liberal with the term. No doubt it was easier for AT&T (and T-Moble) to tack 4G onto their marketing than to build out an actual LTE network, but there was no reason for Apple to follow that same line of folly.

This is especially true when it comes to the iPhone indicator, which since iOS 5.1 was released says 4G for AT&T, despite the radio hardware remaining entirely the same. It's even more perplexing, given AT&T promptly thanked Apple for the concession by NOT giving Apple tethering plans for the new iPad. No one seems able to figure out FaceTime over cellular data either, despite Skype and every other similar service doing it freely.

Apple is already changing course on international marketing. Maybe they can change course on AT&T's indicator as well?

Comment clarity

At the top of every comment entry box on iMore it says:

Note: Comments must be civil, respectful, and on-topic. If a comment does not add to the conversation, if it contains spam advertising, or inappropriate language or content, it will be removed. Insulting the topic, author, staff, site, network, or other commenters will result in the comment being marked as spam and potential prevent future comments from appearing on the site. Do not post as a business or your comment will likely be confused with spam. Comments containing links may be held for moderation. Relax, enjoy, and share in the discussion.

Yet despite this, we still have a problem with trolls. We're working on fixing it, and on making the comments more productive and enjoyable for readers who are here to enjoy and be productive.

Regular readers shouldn't have to put up with trolling any more than people who go to parks should have to tip-toe around a mine field of dog poop. And if someone lands on the iMore home page, or finds an article through search, their first experience shouldn't be immediate introduction to the worst aspects of the greater internet f-wad theory (NSFW-L).

We should all be able to disagree without being disagreeable, love a device or platform without hating people who love a different device or platform, allow someone else to be right without thinking it makes someone else wrong.

We don't plan on shutting comments off or hiding them the way some other sites have. We plan on raising the level of discourse on iMore. Bring your A game.

Forum fun

From the iMore Forums

As much as we'll be working hard on the comments, we'll be doing even more on the iMore forums. We've just reorganized them to help all of our new members more easily find what they're looking for -- be it assistance with a new device, or solutions to problems with apps or iCloud or iTunes, or discussion about the technology they love and use.

Mobile Nations has also upgraded the backend considerably, giving the iMore forums some of the same great features our Android Forums have been enjoying for a while. And there's much more to come.

Features

Lots of great stuff this week:

Recommended reading

And.. scene

Now that I've literally gotten blisters from typing and track-padding so much this month, I leave you to the rest of your Sunday. A Game of Thrones season 2 premiere anyone?

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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There are 13 comments. Add yours.

MooPenguin32 says:

Great article. Glad to hear that iMore won't be turning off commenting. It's a shame people can't be civil and intelligent. Hopefully things will improve. Keep up the great work!

iBlackdude says:

This is BS !!!!!!
My comments were censured many times on this website.
As soon as you disagree with Renee or any other writers, they remove your comments...
Let's see how this one will be removed
:(

Rene Ritchie says:

Really? You're claiming the government came to iMore and forced us to remove your comments? Because that would be censorship.
You can disagree all you like, you just have to be polite about it. Just like you can't go to someone else's house and pee on their floor, you can't come to someone else's website and curse, post spam or porn, be personally insulting, or otherwise vandalize their comment system.
You can't force NBC news to air your diatribe or the New York Times to print your manifesto and you can't force us to host comments their violate our terms.

musicfor18 says:

Great editorial, as always, Rene! Thanks for writing it.

AshGetsCrabs says:

How about changing the name back to
TiPB?

Rene Ritchie says:

Why? Nostalgia aside, it is by no measure a better name. If the site had been named iMore first, and we switched to TiPb, what would the reaction be?

Leanna Lofte says:

Love that Penny Arcade comic. One of their best.

FlopTech says:

"Ah'm ya huckleberrah."
- Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer, "Tombstone," 1993)

KungFuGrip says:

The "Comments" section has quickly evolved over the years, going from a great idea to the most abused online element ever. Glad to see that this site is at least making an attempt to rein that in a bit. Oh the comfort of online anonymity...
I still chuckle at how the comments to Georgia's article went. I hope she got a good laugh out of reading some of those.

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