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Write the code. Change the World Wide Developers Conference.

Write the code. Change the World Wide Developers Conference.

By the time I finish writing this the WWDC 2014 lotto will be all but over and developers, designers, and interested parties the world over will find out if they have the opportunity to pay somewhere between one and two thousand dollars for a ticket. That's a marked difference from last year when...
iMore show 396: The WWDC 2014 lottery!

iMore show 396: The WWDC 2014 lottery!

Rene and Peter speculate about the just-announced WWDC 2014 — iOS 8, OS X 10.10, potential new MacBook Airs and Mac minis, Apple TVs and a Game Store, iWatch, and more! Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly: Audio Show notes...
WWDC 2014 wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

WWDC 2014 wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

You know the drill. Apple has announced WWDC 2014 and that means there's new artwork to go along with it. This year it's a classic rainbow of app icon shapes whose negative space reveals the distinctive top of the Apple logo. We'll leave it to others to engage in the usual Apple-mancy, to read...

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What are the top 5 new features YOU want to see in iOS 8?

What are the top 5 new features YOU want to see in iOS 8?

Leave a comment listing the top FIVE features YOU want to see in iOS 8! We'll tally them all up and post the results! The iOS 8 rumors are running hot and heavy these days, what with everything from Healthbook to improved Maps with transit and indoor directions to a separate iTunes Radio app...
OS X 10.10 is coming: What do you want it to do?

OS X 10.10 is coming: What do you want it to do?

I've told you what I want out of OS X 10.10. Now it's your turn. The feature list for OS X 10.10 Syrah has already been decided. I don't have any special insight to what it has, but I know what I'd like it to have — I made the case for a flatter interface, borrowing from iOS 7, and many of you...
Dynamic affordance: Can the iOS 8 interface be made smarter?

Dynamic affordance: Can the iOS 8 interface be made smarter?

Depending on who you are and how you feel, iOS 7 either took the training wheels off to fully embrace digital design, or it removed so much interface as to crush usability. Both are true. iOS is used by a wide range of people, from the digital and mobile immigrant — those who grew up reading...
Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

Critics against "flattening" OS X say it takes iOSification a step too far. But does it? There's been some talk about OS X 10.10 code-named "Syrah," getting a "flatter" look. System icons would edge more towards how they look in iOS 7, losing some of their three-dimensional quality, and certain...
Interested in a flatter OS X interface? Look to iCloud for clues

Interested in a flatter OS X interface? Look to iCloud for clues

It's time for Apple to update OS X with a flatter interface like iOS 7. iCloud gives us an idea of how that may look Based on what I posted last week, it's clear that many of you — like me — want Apple to adopt a more uniform user experience between iOS 7 and OS X — a flatter interface for OS X...
iOS 8 might offer adjustments to Notifications Center, Messages, better communication between apps

iOS 8 might offer adjustments to Notifications Center and Messages, better communication between apps

It appears that improvements to Notification Center, Messages, and more might be coming in iOS 8. Among these improvements is the removal of the Missed section of Notification Center, with missed notifications being combined with what is currently called the All tab. For Messages, users may be...
iOS 8 reportedly doubling down on Maps, transit, experimenting with augmented reality

iOS 8 reportedly doubling down on Maps, transit, experimenting with augmented reality

iOS 8, code-named Okemo is currently under active development at Apple. While it won't get anywhere nearly the visual refresh iOS 7 did it will continue to iterate and improve existing features, add new ones, and even add some old ones back. Mark Gurman reporting for 9to5Mac: Thanks to...
OS X Mavericks features that'd be great to see in iOS 8

OS X Mavericks features that'd be great to see in iOS 8

Almost two years ago I wrote a short list of things I wanted Apple to bring back to the iPad. It was following the first OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion preview, and it included things like rich text in Notes, a more spatially consistent Notification Center, and iOS version of iPhoto for iOS, per-account...
iOS 8 wants: Smarter and more efficient iCloud backups

Dear Apple: How about providing free iCloud backup storage for every iOS device?

iCloud has been around since iOS 5. It's supposed to be a convenient way to backup data to Apple's servers and restore it to your iPhone or iPad any time you reset, replace, or upgrade your device. iCloud isn't perfect, however, and there are several really annoying things about it I'd love to...
iOS 8 wants: Better iCloud backups and storage management

Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

iMessage works well enough for sending texts and media like photos and videos. Sure, there are still some bugs involving the reliability and consistency of when and how messages pop up on multiple iOS and OS X devices, but for most people, most of the time, it just works. What doesn't "just work...

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Dynamic affordance: Can the iOS 8 interface be made smarter?

Depending on who you are and how you feel, iOS 7 either took the training wheels off to fully embrace digital design, or it removed so much interface as to crush usability. Both are true. iOS is used by a wide range of people, from the digital and mobile immigrant — those who grew up reading newspapers or using PCs — to the digital and mobile native — those who were born to iPhone and iPad. One, single, static default choice can never properly meet the needs of everyone across that range. But what if iOS 8 could make affordance and accessibility dynamic?

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Interested in a flatter OS X interface? Look to iCloud for clues

Based on what I posted last week, it's clear that many of you — like me — want Apple to adopt a more uniform user experience between iOS 7 and OS X — a flatter interface for OS X 10.10. Rumors have abounded since January that Apple is working on just that by creating a "flatter" interface for OS X 10.10 (code-named Syrah) that makes icons and other interface elements more consistent with their iOS 7 counterparts. We don't have to work too hard to imagine what it'll look like: Just open iCloud in a web browser.

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OS X 10.10 is coming: What do you want it to do?

The feature list for OS X 10.10 Syrah has already been decided. I don't have any special insight to what it has, but I know what I'd like it to have — I made the case for a flatter interface, borrowing from iOS 7, and many of you agreed with me.

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Does OS X 10.10 need a facelift? The case for a flatter interface

I don't think iOS and OS X are headed for a singularity any time soon. But I would welcome more visual consistency between iOS and OS X. Ready to burn me at the stake? Hold your torch for just a minute and hear me out.

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Write the code. Change the World Wide Developers Conference.

By the time I finish writing this the WWDC 2014 lotto will be all but over and developers, designers, and interested parties the world over will find out if they have the opportunity to pay somewhere between one and two thousand dollars for a ticket. That's a marked difference from last year when pre-announced tickets sold out in seconds and years previous when no one knew when tickets would go on sale. You'd think the idea of leaving a ticket up to chance would be stressful, but not having to set bots and alarms and hope for the best has been well received. It's been seen as more egalitarian and, importantly, more human. It's a huge difference in how Apple handles the engineering and space constraints of WWDC, and it's not the only difference this year.

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iMore show 396: The WWDC 2014 lottery!

Rene and Peter speculate about the just-announced WWDC 2014 — iOS 8, OS X 10.10, potential new MacBook Airs and Mac minis, Apple TVs and a Game Store, iWatch, and more!

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WWDC 2014 wallpapers for iPhone and iPad

You know the drill. Apple has announced WWDC 2014 and that means there's new artwork to go along with it. This year it's a classic rainbow of app icon shapes whose negative space reveals the distinctive top of the Apple logo. We'll leave it to others to engage in the usual Apple-mancy, to read the artwork Apple leaves and try to determine if it means color displays on iWatch, icon scaling for a big screen iPhone 6, a new palette for iOS 8 or OS X 10.10 Syrah or — my personal choice — just a high-impact look by Apple's typically excellent graphic design team. But what's really important for now, some two months out, is... wallpapers!

Grab the iPad version up top, the iPhone version below, and rock your 6 colors from now until Keynote day!

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WWDC 2014 to run June 2-6, developer tickets to be issued by random selection

WWDC 2014 is scheduled for June 2 through June 6, and developer registration is being handled on a random basis. Last year, when WWDC tickets were sold out in a few minutes, many developers were left in a lurch, leading to Apple inviting select developers to attend despite their not being able to get a ticket in time. This time around Apple is inviting developers to apply for tickets now through April 7th, and will then randomly issue tickets to those that have applied. The process is similar to that of Google I/O this year, which has seen tickets for previous developer confabs snapped up in minutes and this year switched to a random selection model.

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What if the rumored iOS 8 Healthbook wasn't just for an iWatch but for an internet of health things?

One of the most persistent rumors for iOS 8 focuses on Healthbook, a Passbook-style, card-based "wallet" app that would collect all your fitness, nutrition, sleep, and medical data all in one place. These rumors have been tied to the iWatch as a way Apple could track more and better health-based information, but there's also been speculation that Apple might go broader.

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iMore show 394: Repercussion modeling

Rene and Peter talk about Macworld|iWorld 2014, the return of the iPad 4, the 8G iPhone 5c, Android Wear and iWatch, iOS 8, Mac interface, and more!

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What are the top 5 new features YOU want to see in iOS 8?

The iOS 8 rumors are running hot and heavy these days, what with everything from Healthbook to improved Maps with transit and indoor directions to a separate iTunes Radio app to TextEdit and Preview apps to inter-app communication, to — you get the idea. A lot of the excitement is because iOS 7 was such a major re-imagining of what a mobile operating system could and should be and iOS 7.1 gave us our first look at that all polished up. It was a herculean task by everyone at Apple but, once done, it opens the door on so many new and great possibilities. That's where you come in. What are the top 5 new features you want to see from Apple in iOS 8?

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Apple's rumored iOS 8 Healthbook application to track fitness, bloodwork, and more

New details have emerged about Apple's rumored Healthbook application, reportedly coming in iOS 8. The application is supposed to track several points of health and fitness data and utilizes a card-based interface similar to Passbook, with a card for each health category.

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iOS 8 might offer adjustments to Notifications Center and Messages, better communication between apps

It appears that improvements to Notification Center, Messages, and more might be coming in iOS 8. Among these improvements is the removal of the Missed section of Notification Center, with missed notifications being combined with what is currently called the All tab.

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iMore show 393: iOS 7.1 Q&A

iOS 7.1 is here and Rene and Peter go through all the changes Apple has unleashed and answer all the questions you sent in! Also: iOS 8 maps, transit, TextEdit, and Preview rumors!

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iOS 8 might see TextEdit and Preview apps for iCloud, icons leaked [Updated]

iOS 8 may bring some improvements to iCloud, including the addition of TextEdit and Preview apps for the iPhone and iPad. On OS X the two have had iCloud sync built in since 10.8 Mountain Lion, but according to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, Apple is testing mobile versions of both:

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iOS 8 could see iTunes Radio as a standalone app

Apple is reportedly already looking at improving iTunes Radio for iOS 8, including breaking it out into a standalone app. While currently iTunes Radio resides within the iOS 7 music app, sources have indicated to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac why this might be set to change in the future:

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iOS 8 reportedly doubling down on Maps, transit, experimenting with augmented reality

iOS 8, code-named Okemo is currently under active development at Apple. While it won't get anywhere nearly the visual refresh iOS 7 did it will continue to iterate and improve existing features, add new ones, and even add some old ones back.

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Dear Apple: How about providing free iCloud backup storage for every iOS device?

iCloud has been around since iOS 5. It's supposed to be a convenient way to backup data to Apple's servers and restore it to your iPhone or iPad any time you reset, replace, or upgrade your device. iCloud isn't perfect, however, and there are several really annoying things about it I'd love to see Apple address in iOS 8.

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Dear Apple: Please fix how Messages stores images and videos!

iMessage works well enough for sending texts and media like photos and videos. Sure, there are still some bugs involving the reliability and consistency of when and how messages pop up on multiple iOS and OS X devices, but for most people, most of the time, it just works. What doesn't "just work" is how the Messages app handles photos and videos after they're sent. Here's what's happening, why it's a bigger problem than many people realize, and why I'd really like to see it fixed in iOS 8...

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Apple met with Tesla's Elon Musk, working on heart-attack detection

Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Adrian Perica, along with CEO Tim Cook, reportedly met with Tesla's Elon Musk back in the spring of 2013. Also, Apple's Tomlinson Holman, formerly of THX, has reportedly been looking at ways to detect heart attacks. Both bits of news come by way of Thomas Lee and David R. Baker at SFGate:

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