Introducing the official iMore for iPhone app!

Introducing the official iMore for iPhone app!

iMore for iPhone is FREE in the App Store! Download now!

The official iMore for iPhone app is here! You read that right! We've spent months working on this and we're incredibly happy to finally be able to share it with the iMore Nation! You've been asking for an iMore app for years but we knew we couldn't just slap the website between two layers of code and throw it into the store -- we had to make an experience that was fundamentally better than both the full iMore website and the mobile web view. And I think we've done just that!

Working with the stellar team at Nickelfish, including our very own Seth Clifford in the cockpit, the astonishing Tammy Corron in the engine room, and the dynamic duo of Justin Justin Marcucci and Dave Vioreanu behind the blaster cannons, just in case.

From the beginning we made a conscious decision NOT to try and shoehorn every possible feature and function into v1. Instead, we stripped it down to the most important things: the news, the reviews, the apps, the accessories, the how-tos, and the audio podcasts (pro tip: you can still watch the video podcasts via YouTube in the episode posts!). And then we worked our collective asses off to make a clean, crisp, consistent experience crafted specifically for those things.

Seth is going to write a post about the design and development process, so I won't steal his significant thunder here. (He's stuck on a plane right now, Apple literally approved the app the moment after he took off -- we should have tried that earlier!)

This is the beginning. But it's only the beginning.

What's next for iMore for iOS

New iPhone (iPhone 5,1) coming fall 2012 with LTE, similar sized screen

We're already planning the next version of iMore for iOS, and as the name foreshadows, the biggest priority will be delivering an insanely great Retina iPad interface. It. Will. Be. Done. We're also planning to integrate CoreData so recently read articles will cache, and you'll be able to Favorite articles to store locally. Adding share via iMessage is on the list, and so is "read later". We want to add a gesture shortcut to make navigating between stories faster, and we want to add search so you can find exactly what you're looking for.

Commenting is also in the roadmap, but since we're also hard at work on a better commenting system for iMore, we're waiting for that before integrating it into the iMore app.

We tried hard to integrate the iMore forums as well, both as an embedded app and as a web extension to the iMore app but it just didn't work right. Instead of being convenient it was a bit of a collision. So ultimately we made the decision early on to split the iMore Forums out into a separate app. That's the bad news. The good news is that app is almost done now as well (I have the beta on my iPhone already!).

It's built on the Tapatalk engine -- which if you follow the greater Mobile Nations family of sites you may have already guessed, given that the Android Central Forums app and CrackBerry Forums app have already hit their respective worlds and markets.

The iMore Forums app will be out soon as well, so sit tight! There's lot's more to come!

Feedback

Once you've downloaded and tried out the FREE iMore for iPhone app, we want to here what you think! We've started an official iMore for iPhone app feedback thread in the forums, so jump in there and let us have it! What do you love, what do you hate, what do you want to see in the next update?

Free - Download now

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Rene Ritchie

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

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Introducing the official iMore for iPhone app!

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Wow, it really looks great. I love the podcast Download and Stream feature. Nickelfish obviously does great work!
P.S. I'm going to run it at 2x on my iPad and send Rene complaints about how it doesn't look great on the iPad Retina display! ;-)

Very iPhone like. It goes great with the scheme of everything. I love it! Thanks for taking the proper time, it shows!

Thank god ive been waiting for this since the early days of tipb when i found this site....
Clean an polished just like my iphone >:)

I together with my buideds were found to be studying the good tips and tricks found on your site while all of the sudden got a horrible feeling I had not thanked the website owner for those secrets. These women had been for this reason glad to read all of them and have in effect certainly been taking pleasure in those things. I appreciate you for indeed being indeed kind as well as for figuring out this kind of useful subjects most people are really desirous to be aware of. Our honest regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.

Great app! I just gave it 5 stars in the app store. Definitely the best website app I've ever used.
One thing: tapping the status bar does not always scroll to the top in some of the sections.

I can't comment from my iPhone So DISAPPOINT. APRIL FOOL!!!! NOT. Great app. Way to go team!!! WHOOT WHOOT. Make one for the iPad now. :-)

Finally! Good to know you're working on forums and iPad app too. Awesome stuff as always. Congratulations!

It's amazing! Now for what's missing:
1. TiPb Store
2. iPad Version
3. Comments
I know most of those were already mentioned though. :P

Congrats! Very nice, a great step forward from the tipb app. I'd have hoped for a bit more but then I read the post to learn it's all in the works. I'm looking forward to it.
To all involved in the creating process, thanks and keep up the good work.

Just goes to show how absolutely useless the itunes appstore search function is. Instead of clicking the itunes link in the article I went straight to the appstore on my iPad and entered iMore in the search---it didn't come up! I had to come back to iMore and click the download link provided. How ridiculous is that??

Mine says on news nothing available at this time pull to refresh , I did it and nothing what's going on ?

All sections state nothing available. Pull to refresh doesn't work either. Deleted and reinstalled with no luck. iPhone 4S.

I have the exact same problem! please fix this for the iPhone 4s...don't want to give you bad feedback on the apple store but please fix!

Just downloaded it onto my new iPad and found it with all blank black screens telling me to pull down to refresh which after doing so results in nothing. Plus it doesn't go landscape. Even on the iPhone that's sort of a minimum requirement is't it? Very disappointing premiere.

The app seems to be a bit popular, and so the site isn't providing any data when you refresh.
Landscape isn't a requirement for apps but is encouraged. I actually prefer reading apps to not have landscape or to offer the option to turn it off.

This is great--will definitely cut back on the amount of time it takes me to get through iOS news--particularly since the app isn't producing any content!! This will save me loads of time. Thanks!

We decided against doing landscape, at least initially, because we wanted to nail the basic portrait usability and there wasn't an urgent use case for landscape (for example, the App Store app doesn't go to landscape mode.
If/when we do landscape, it will be for very specific functionality (like Music.app does for cover flow view, for example)

Downloaded to my iPod touch 4 (current with software), and all I get, except for "Podcasts", is this message: Nothing available at this time. Pull to refresh feed".

If I'm happy with the web version, I hope I won't be prompted to download the app every time I click a link like some more annoying places have implemented.

It was originally working but for some reason stopped Rene already stated that they are aware of the situation and looking into fixing it. It was not that they released it like this I believe maybe the sheer volume of everybody downloading the app crashed the server.

FIXED!!!!
Think we figured out what happened and it's working again! HUGE apologies for the hassles folks, we tested the darn thing for a month and then the moment it hits, we get bit. We're going to keep a close eye on it though.
Apologies again, and hope you enjoy!

Saw the blog post and went straight to the app store to get it. 64th person to download it, d/l-ing right now!

I'm happy for everyone else who's excited about this app. That's great. I'm not really sure what all of the excitement is about since the website works just fine and offers all the functionality that one would expect. Also I really don't understand why one would leave out landscape mode because commenting and reading are much easier with a wider screen. Of course I saw that Rene said that commenting would be unavailable or maybe it was the forms. At any rate I find landscape essential and am very annoyed when apps leave it out. And, of course, having a separate forums that is very problematic. This really doesn't seem like it would be for me. – Dictated

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