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

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!

You've told us in no uncertain terms you want us covering more apps and games, but it just doesn't make sense to do separate posts for every one of them. The iMore Home page would wrap around the moon and back. So, while we'll still be breaking out a few of the most popular, most critical apps and updates individually, and continuing — and diversifying! — our awesome and acclaimed best apps posts, we're also going to bring back our daily app roundups.

However, we're going to be keeping them live all day, every day (weekday, that is!). That means they'll go up in the morning, and we'll be updating them until the evening. So there'll always be new stuff ready and waiting for you. We'll still be curating them with extreme prejudice, so there will be more apps and games some days, less others, but we'll endeavor to make sure whatever we include is worthy of your attention.

As always, you guys will be welcome to add your own favorite apps and updates of the day to the comments, in case we miss something, or if your tastes are simply different — and maybe better — than ours.

We're also toying with the idea of inviting developers to add their own new apps and updates to the comments. We want to avoid spam, absolutely, and will keep extra moderators and extra ban-hammers at the ready, but there are a ton of developers doing great work, hoping for some extra exposure, and maybe this is a way to help them out as well?

We're going to be playing around with the format internally for a little while, but the new posts should start going live, and staying live, in the next few days. Right now I'd love your feedback — what do you want to see in modern, 2014-style daily new and updated apps post from iMore? How would you like us to handle iOS vs. Mac apps? Should we open it up to dev's in the comments?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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


I really value your app shootouts/comparisons! When a new app comes out or is updated, please mention how it compares to the competition when you can.

And, yes, I would appreciate it if app developers can comment--the dialogue could be quite interesting and informative (as long as folks are respectful when they've had problems with the app etc.).

This is intended mostly for news related app posts. Which are the new apps, and new updates every day. Doing any sort of quality, intelligent comparison takes time. That's why we'll do those in the best apps and focused reviews.

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I think opening up the comments to the Devs COULD be awesome, and invite dialogue between end users and Devs.
At the same time this banter could prove distracting (at best), or very spam like (as you've mentioned, at worst).
How about a "Dev day of the week" where one day a week, Devs are invited to discuss/show off their apps and comments are for Q&A? Readers would know that day of the week is for Devs, and the rest of the week would pose less risk of spam or drifting topic conversations they may or may not be interested in.

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Well, it wouldn't be for dialogue. It would be a way for developers whose apps we are not featuring to still mention them themselves.

Still sound interesting?

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It still sounds very interesting. As an iPhone user from day one and recent iPad user too, I'm constantly looking (mostly on iMore, and a good bit of browsing through the App Store) for great apps to make my life easier. Seems Devs and app reviews/shoot outs/round ups can only make it easier! Thanks Rene

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I have gotten apps that have bad reviews based on iMore reviews. I have not had a problem. Thanks for brining it back. I trust the iMore, and Mobile Nations teams for honest reviews of apps.

IMO, Mac apps are just as relevant as iOS apps. As cool as a daily round up would be, I think a weekly round up could or would be just as useful, and it wouldn't burn you guys out!

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I really like this. It will be a great service to your readers.

I'd like to see it remain a roundup more than a review process. The curation of the staff will be reason enough to look at the apps. Too much review would bog down your process and, quite frankly, take up a lot of my time. I like this direction.

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Thank you, iMore! I can already see this would be one of my favorite featured articles on iMore!

I think it worth a try to allow the developers expose their apps. Just as long as it is monitored. No spammers!

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This all sounds good! Thanks for bringing the reviews back. IMore is a great digest of Apple stuff, and the iOS app reviews should be a part of it all.