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Making the right choices: How we designed and developed the iMore for iPhone app

Or, why building a stable iOS app ain’t like dusting crops, boy!
Han Solo’s right. People release 1000′s of apps a week into the App Store, with varying ranges of dedication and forethought to the final products. At Nickelfish, we pride ourselves on not being those types of people. Which is why whilst Rene and the Mobile Nations men came to us and asked us to build them a great iMore app, we stated yes. Obviously, as a podcast host and occasional contributor to iMore, on a personal point I’m deeply invested in making iMore and Mobile Nations look as stable as possible, so there was once a particular component to this project that made the stakes a little higher. It also made making choices that much more difficult. That’s what it’s all about though — making the perfect choices at the right time, and releasing a product of which you’re able to be proud. We knew collectively that in order to release a great 1. 0, one of the most serious choices would what we mandatory to leave out. It’s the elemental tenet of Apple’s iOS philosophy at its core: to do a few things really well, and upload others later when the time is right, and the best level of making plans and work has been applied to them. We knew the app would be “missing” features. We knew that people would discuss what’s not there (yet). This was a conscious preference we had to make as a team. We believe strongly that in most cases, it’s far better to develop a stable first entrant into the marketplace and iterate briskly and effectively to continue strengthening the product. It’s the path we took with iMore, and it’s a path we’ve walked until now with great confidence. Since there isn’t a complete lot of clarity for the end person in lots of those cases, I also wanted to write one thing about it after the launch in an effort not to only share how this process works with the iMore community, but also as my own little way of creating the right expectations going forward — for this app and for other apps people may download in the future. We usually forget that actual human beings are pouring hours — and their hearts and minds — into their work. The App retailer makes it basic to overlook the complexity of how this all comes collectively (and it’s going to — that’s what makes it an positive sales and distribution platform). So here’s a tiny bit of background on the thinking that went into the app’s development. Taking a lightsaber to it

One of the first wireframes of the iMore app, breaking down basic format and behavior

Rene and I, as effectively as his Mobile Nations team and our NF team all talked about what the huge picture for the app regarded like. the full thing. Let’s positioned the whole lot on the table and add each possible feature we’d desire in this most killer of killer apps. A huge feature listing is compiled. We all study it and continue adding things to it. Then we take a lightsaber and slice that factor open. We take out what we don’t need (tauntaun guts) and make certain the things that are most essential for right now (Luke) go in.

iMore show video back on iTunes and RSS!

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It’s been a long time coming, but the iMore show‘s video feed is finally back on both RSS and iTunes for your viewing pleasure. That it was missing in action for so long has been as irksome for us as it has been for all of you who emailed and tweeted us about it. But, long story short, now we’re back!

Long story slightly less short, nobody was happy with the performance of our previous video host, not us, not you, not them. We got nothing but complaints about how long it took to download shows and how often they’d get interrupted when streaming. It wasn’t the host’s fault, they just weren’t optimized for large video files. Wrong tool for the job. After a ton of searching, a ton of tests, and a ton of downloads and uploads, we found a place that better suited our needs and got everything back up running.

Well, iMore everything. I started with the iMore show simply because I had all the files handy and if anything went wrong, I’d only have myself to yell at. We’ll get the other video shows back up and running as soon as possible, including Android Central and ZEN & TECH. It might take a few days because we’re moving around a bunch of big files, but the new beginning is in sight.

If you’ve been missing our video shows on RSS or iTunes, here are the link so you can (re)subscribe, and there also YouTube, which carries all our videos shows as well. Thanks for the patience and the support, enjoy the shows!

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Best of iMore: Heartbleeds

Every week at iMore we publish more breaking news, in-depth reviews, helpful how-tos, and editorial views than you can shake an apple at. While we’re waiting for the week that will be to begin, here’s a look back at the week that was, and at the very best iPhone, iPad, Mac, app, and accessory coverage we brought you! This week we have tons of rumors on iPhone 6, iWatch, and Apple TV, as well as the Heartbleed exploit, and more!

Podcasts

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News

Apps

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Your most important story of the week?

That’s just some of what we published last week. What do you consider the most important story? Did we list it or did we miss it? Let me know!

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Last chance to save 15% on ALL iPhone and iPad accessories at the iMore Store!

The labor Day lengthy Weekend is nearly over! In honor of all of the hard working persons of America, Canada and around the world, iMore is celebrating with financial savings at the iMore accessory Store . But they’re not going to last!
You can save 15% on ALL iPhone and ipad accessories through Midnight PST on Monday because of the coupon code LDAY12 at checkout.
 
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Best of iMore: iOS 7.1 arrives!

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Every week at iMore we publish more breaking news, in-depth reviews, helpful how-tos, and editorial views than you can shake an apple at. While we’re waiting for the week that will be to begin, here’s a look back at the week that was, and at the very best iPhone, iPad, Mac, app, and accessory coverage we brought you! This week that includes the surprise release of iOS 7.1, more hints at what’s to come in iOS 8, and what iMore is up to at Macworld|iWorld!

iOS 7.1

Editorials

Podcasts

News

Apps

iOS 7.1 How-tos

Your most important story of the week?

That’s just some of what we published last week. What do you consider the most important story? Did we list it or did we miss it? Let me know!

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iMore show 392: CarPlay time

Rene, Peter, and Richard talk CarPlay, how it works and what it means, the dangers of driving distractions, why Apple isn’t first on smartwatches, and how badly we need iOS 7.1 already, and your questions answered.

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Join us live!

The best way to enjoy the iMore show is by joining us live. Not only do you get in on all the un-edited action, including the pre- and post-show shenanigans, but you can interact with us in the chatroom and generally have more fun than the internet should allow. Same iMore time, same iMore channel every week:

  • Thursdays at 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMT.

Be part of the show!

If you can’t join us live but still want to be part of the show, simply send in your comments, questions, corrections, or feedback in advance!

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iMore Best of 2013 Reader Awards

 iMore Best of 2013 Reader Awards

2013 marked a time of great change for Apple. The introduction of iOS 7 changed the way Apple’s mobile products looked and worked. New iPhones and iPads used the first 64-bit processor ready for mobile devices. Touch ID changed the way we secure our iPhones. OS X 10.9 Mavericks provided new features and new efficiencies. New laptop Macs may have looked the same as last year’s models but consume far less battery power for longer time on the road. And Apple exited the year with a stunning new design for its powerful Mac Pro. We’re not sure what 2014 has in store but we can count on being delighted and amazed, because it’s Apple bringing it to us.

2013 also gave us some great new apps and accessories, along with brand new versions of past delights. You nominated your favorites. We sorted through the finalists. In the end, nearly 40,000 votes were cast. Without further ado, here they are, the winners of iMore’s Best of 2013!

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Getting ‘Error downloading news’ on the iMore for iPhone app? Here’s what to do!

 Getting Error downloading news on the iMore for iPhone app? Heres what to do!

We’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on with the iMore for iPhone app, but it looks like there’s a bug that prevents the news feed – and strangely, only the news feed – from loading for some users, some of the time. It’s a nasty bug, and we’re still trying to figure it out, but in the meantime, here’s how to get around it:

  1. Delete the iMore app
  2. Re-download the iMore app

Yeah, it’s the fix-equivelent of asking you to reboot, and it sucks, and we’re working feverishly to get a fix in place, but that’s the most bullet-proof way to get it working again, for now.

Thank you for your patience, and we’ll let everyone know as soon as we nail it!

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iMore show 371: iPad & Mac event… Looped!

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop joins Rene and Peter to talk about Apple’s iPad and Mac event, and the new, Glide-powered The Loop Magazine.

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You can reach all of us on Twitter @iMore, or you can email us at podcast@imore.com or just leave us a comment below.

For all our podcasts — audio and video — including the iMore show, ZEN and TECH, Iterate, Debug, Ad hoc, and more, see MobileNations.com/shows

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iMore show 357: Multitouch clobberin’ time!

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac joins Rene and Peter to talk iWatch rumors, iOS in the Car, the less-expensive iPhone, and Haswell MacBook Pros. Plus, djay 2, Ember, Shadow Run, Riptide, Catan, PvZ2, and more!

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You can reach all of us on Twitter @iMore, or you can email us at podcast@imore.com or just leave us a comment below.

For all our podcasts — audio and video — including the iMore show, ZEN and TECH, Iterate, Debug, Ad hoc, and more, see MobileNations.com/shows

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