Editor's desk: Next small things, WWDC 2012, podcasts, features, and more!

Editor's desk: Next small things, WWDC 2012, videos, podcasts, features, and more!

What's the easiest way to take a weapon away from a Grammaton Cleric? The answer to that is the answer to a lot of seemingly difficult problems, including, sadly, how to get passwords away from unsuspecting users. Unfortunately, it's not at all a way to get anything away from Apple. Not ever. So we're left with a mix of leaks, speculation, and analysis. We've been trying to avoid the rumor regurgitation lately to focus on some of that analysis. More on that below.

The next big (small) thing

A while ago, after Apple announced the iPad had done in 2 years what took the iPhone 3, the iPod 5, and the Mac 20, I asked out loud what Apple could possibly do to once again equal or surpass that success? What could be Apple's next big thing?

It's looking increasingly likely that next big thing may come this fall, and will be something quite small.

WWDC 2012

We're only a couple of weeks away from Apple's 2012 World Wide Developer Conference. While there might be some new Macs announced sometime around the show, we're still hearing there won't be any new iOS devices this summer (see above). However, we're assuming we'll see the first signs of iOS 6.

I'll be there, along with our app editor, Leanna Lofte, and our podcast co-host, Seth Clifford.

If you're a developer and you have something awesome to show off, email iosapps@imore.com and let us know. We'd love to meet up.

Video velocity

I'm really proud of the work we've been doing to improve the quality of our photography on iMore. Our guiding principle, and one Leanna's really been helping us with, is to imagine we're a photo blog t

Well, like I promised when we changed the site name, we're not going to be slowing down any time soon. So now we're trying to bring the same art direction and ambition to our videos as well.

We want to make them fun and dynamic, engaging and informative, authoritative and definitive but always, always accessible and approachable. We want to keep them part of our discussion and our community, but we want to do it with far more style.

It's an effort to bring some of the iMore TV flair to all of our efforts. To make it the rule instead of the exception. So we've drafted Georgia's husband to help us out and he's been doing a bunch of different experiments with the last few accessory review videos we've done. We're still getting all our equipment in order, and we're still working hard to solidify the concept, but I'm really excited and I can't wait to show you where we're going with them.

If there's anything you want to see us try -- or not try! -- let me know.

Podcast perfectionism

Speaking of experiments, we're still working on the format of our iPhone & iPad Live podcast. We're focused on keeping the 60 minute hard stop, but how we fill those 60 minutes is still up for grabs. For a few weeks we tried to split things up, focus on a headline story, then divide the rest up between news, apps, and accessories. Last week we went more with a round-table concept, invited on a guest, and really did a deep dive on a few, related stories. Specifically, we got Marc Edwards of Bjango to fill in for Seth, and Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac to fill out the panel, and we discussed the ever loving stuffing out of what we might see from Apple when it comes to next generation and new devices.

Which format do you like best so far? Do you want smaller shows or more guests? Fewer topics or more variety? What's your ideal balance?

Check out last week's show and tell me what you think.

Features

Recommended reading

Equilibrium

The answer to the riddle at the start of this editorial? You ask him for it. (And you make sure as hell your Gun Kata is better than his.)

Excuse me while I go train...

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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Glenn#IM says:

The shows are great. You all play well with each other. I have received excellent information. If you had the time, and I know sixty min can go fast, but every now, and then, do a discussion on "wait to buy it now, " and the reasons for waiting. Yes there is an app for that, but hearing you all talk about it, would be nice. This next one is out of your control, but it would be nice to see you live via the iPhone, or iPad, without going through UStream. It has gotten better, but still a lot of freezing frames, and out of sync talking. Thanks.

SockRolid says:

Q: What, would you say, is the easiest way to get a weapon away from a Grammaton Cleric?
A: You ask him for it.

SockRolid says:

"Equilibrium," 2002
Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson et al

SockRolid says:

Re: "What could be Apple's next big thing?"
I think it could be one of the big rumors from last year. NFC-enabled cashless, cardless retail purchases with iOS devices. (And ticketless event entry, airline boarding etc.) All held together with an Apple payment infrastructure. The way the iTunes infrastructure handles content and app purchases. You'd pay Apple for your purchases, they'd take a cut, and forward the rest to the retailers.
Not as sexy as a shiny new iPad mini or 16:9 iPhone, but it could become one of Apple's major revenue streams in 10 to 20 years. By then, not even Apple will be able to maintain 40+% hardware margins, so they'll need to ramp up their revenue from services. A payment service sounds like a natural fit.

jeremy says:

PODCASTS -
any format is FINE. please just do a podcast once a week....
i really need iOS Live once a week Rene!!!

Rene Ritchie says:

It is once a week! Live every Wednesday, almost always posted for replay on Thursday.