The only constant at iMore is change. Go ahead, make your name jokes. I'll wait. All done? Okay. So the new year means new features here. Some of them you've seen already and some more are coming in February and beyond. So what's here and what's near?
The Pixel Project is the working name for a new weekly comic series by the ridiculously talented 8-bit pixel artist, Rich Stevens. It runs every Tuesday and pokes loving fun at Apple and those of us in the Apple community. Rich has also been generous enough to let us re-run some of his older Apple-centric work on Saturdays for some extra fun. It's all gorgeous stuff, so we really hope you're enjoying it — and sharing it! — as well.
Peter and Ally have been doing how-to articles on iMore for a long time now but this year we wanted to do something a little more community focused and a little more personal. So, they've both started new help columns: Mac Help and iOS Help. They'll be taking your questions and helping solve your problems — or the questions and problems of anyone you send their way — on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively. To send in a question or problem you can email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask a question via the web. Please do make use of them!
I'm still doing the Editor's Desk every Sunday, Serenity is still doing At the Core on Mondays, Peter is still doing NSFW on Fridays, and Ally is not only still doing DIY on Saturdays but she's diversifying. She'll still do iOS device repair guides, but she'll be mixing in other fun projects as well, like making an Instagram collage IRL.
We've got a couple of new columns heading your way soon as well. We're not going to announce them just yet — we want to make sure we have enough done that, once they launch, they keep going smoothly — but you'll be hearing all about them soon!
Now, podcasts. The iMore show just hit episode 440. In terms of iTunes rankings it's never done better. Having Serenity, Peter, and Ally on every week has really let us stabilize the show and round out the discussions. It's gotten to the point where we feel safe in changing things up a bit.
So, starting sometime in February, we'll be moving the iMore show to Wednesdays. We'll likely keep it at 11am PT/2pm ET — let us know how that time works for you — and keep the same format. That's the four of us, with occasional guests when someone can't make it.
We'll also be spinning off a couple of new shows. Again, I don't want to give away too much until they actually launch, but they're going to complement what we're already doing and hopefully give you more of what you've been asking for in a way that makes it easy for you to choose exactly what you want to watch and listen to. Those shows will likely air on Fridays and Mondays.
There's more to touch on, but this has already gone on longer than I expected, so I'll save the rest for future columns. Before heading off to build with blocks, however, I want to take a moment to introduce you to our terrific new video intro (above, and sneak previous in iMore show 440 yesterday!). It was put together by Jose Negron and our supremely talented Mobile Nations design team. We all hope you love it as much as we do.
In case you missed it:
- Serenity's spirit has been split between iPad and sketchpad but rumors of an Apple Pen are making things more complicated.
- Daniel was out covering the Windows 10 event this week while Peter was telling you how to install Windows 10 on your Mac for cheap
- Ally declared her love for selfie sticks and Serenity retaliated by telling everyone how to take better selfies.
- I spent the week wondering about the future of smaller iPhones, bigger RAM, and why the press use MacBooks so very always and everywhere
- Peter took a look at the controversy that is MacKeeper and all of us took a look back at the iPad Air 2 review, three months later.
From around the web:
- Illinois seems to have passed a law that requires students and parents to hand over social media logins. Bullying is absolutely a thing, but this appears to fly in the face of long-established constitutional protections.
- Sports Illustrated has canned their photographers. Make all the swimsuit jokes you must, but traditional photojournalism looks like it's facing an extinction level event.
- I think I want to learn practical archery
- Brittney Cooper's piece for Salon was a hard but incredibly enlightening read.
- I preferred the Age of Ultron teaser to the Age of Ultron trailer. There, I said it.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
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