1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Hello everyone! Well - so much going on around here at iMore! Just last week we launched a new site design. This week we're launching a brand NEW iMore app! So great!

    Inside the app you'll find all sorts of iMore goodness including features, analysis, round-ups, buyers guides, recommendations, and a whole lot more.

    If you have the app (if not download here!), we kindly ask you to provide your feedback below. Provide details on any bugs, inconsistencies, or things that don't look right to you.

    As always - we can't do this without your help... So thanks in advance for the feedback!!
    Last edited by James Falconer; 04-10-2017 at 02:58 PM.
    04-10-2017 09:33 AM
  2. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    First thing I notice is no forums access and no place to sign in. Is that correct?
    04-10-2017 10:13 AM
  3. Cakefish's Avatar
    Honestly, I don't like it.

    The app is unresponsive, loads content very slowly and has none of the customisation options that the Android Central and Windows Central apps have, such as night mode and the ability to curate content. It also often ejects itself from iPad Air 2 memory when switching between apps, whereas other apps remain in memory - it reloads itself completely when switching back to the app. This isn't an issue with the Air 2 as other apps do not display this behaviour.

    Edit: as others have pointed out, the lack of comment functionality is a major step back from the previous versions of the app.
    Last edited by Cakefish; 04-10-2017 at 05:30 PM.
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    04-10-2017 10:18 AM
  4. jschu22's Avatar
    Ive already posted a couple of glaring negatives (I know its very early though) like no commenting and no forum access.

    I do like how it fades in and out of articles though.

    Does "Buy Guide" really deserve a dedicated persistent button at the bottom?
    04-10-2017 10:20 AM
  5. Cakefish's Avatar
    Does "Buy Guide" really deserve a dedicated persistent button at the bottom?
    And 'Tips'.
    04-10-2017 10:22 AM
  6. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    First thing I notice is no forums access and no place to sign in. Is that correct?
    That is correct. There is no forum access and comments takes you to the mobile page.
    ladyc0524 likes this.
    04-10-2017 10:41 AM
  7. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    My only gripe right now, no native commenting.
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    04-10-2017 10:41 AM
  8. anon(10195731)'s Avatar
    Did Apple acquire Mobile Nations and instead focus on design instead of functionality?

    Seriously guys, I don't know what you were thinking. Not only the app looks terrible but it is incredibly glitchy. I noticed the settings took some time to come up (on an iPhone SE with the A9 processor of the 6s) and then the app just messed up when trying to go back.

    Second, are you guys seriously redirecting us to Safari to comment or do anything account related?? What happened to the account integration? And well done for pulling a Zuckerberg and now making us download the forums app just to use the forums. I can't even use my external login on that dumb app. I wouldn't be surprised if it got discontinued too.

    I just got my iPhone a month ago and use iMore to keep up to date with Apple News, now if you Mobile Nations people do the same thing to Android and Windows Central apps on their respective platform, I'm done. I really prefer the app over the websites.
    04-10-2017 11:13 AM
  9. ladyc0524's Avatar
    My only gripe right now, no native commenting.
    Mine as well
    04-10-2017 11:18 AM
  10. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    That is correct. There is no forum access and comments takes you to the mobile page.
    There's also no accounts access, where we can edit our info. The old iMore app has that.
    04-10-2017 11:20 AM
  11. rewNATION's Avatar
    No forums and no commenting. I don't care for the yellow either.
    Kris Simundson likes this.
    04-10-2017 11:36 AM
  12. TheUnknownUser's Avatar
    The lack of forum access and native commenting is a huge huge step back. The app has no use for me as it currently stands.
    Kris Simundson and iSRS like this.
    04-10-2017 12:35 PM
  13. Kris Simundson's Avatar
    Agree with everyone else in here.

    Also what's with the horrible icon?

    When I think of iPhone I don't think of taxi yellow.

    Edit: I've deleted the app in the mean time. That icon and all the silly changes like no comments is ridiculous. I'll just bookmark the imore website.

    And if the answer to the long load times of the old app was to remove comments than someone isn't doing their job properly.
    Last edited by Kris Simundson; 04-10-2017 at 02:58 PM.
    04-10-2017 02:25 PM
  14. willboyce's Avatar
    It's awful. I'm sorry I upgraded
    04-10-2017 02:25 PM
  15. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I haven't updated mine yet. The only thing I'd like to see added is the accounts page. That would require a log in. And change the color.
    04-10-2017 02:47 PM
  16. taife32's Avatar
    No forums access, no real settings (nothing in there), no logging in capability. But most of all, I really do not like the pesistant bar at the bottom. I'm hoping that it's early days otherwise that bar will hide itself when I start scrolling on an article.
    04-10-2017 03:54 PM
  17. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    Well I think it is a process where are some stuff to be done, hopefully in no time more functionalities will be added and recovered.

    I think an App for Android users (because you can have a MBP and an Android or Windows device) would be nice.
    04-10-2017 05:22 PM
  18. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    That is correct. There is no forum access and comments takes you to the mobile page.
    At least with Tapatalk I can read the blogs, comment and use the forums. All in one app. Great job on the redesign upgrade but it's no longer functional for me.
    04-10-2017 05:40 PM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    At least with Tapatalk I can read the blogs, comment and use the forums. All in one app. Great job on the redesign upgrade but it's no longer functional for me.
    Comments are in the built in browser within the app. I think TapaTalk works the same.
    04-10-2017 06:18 PM
  20. iSRS's Avatar
    Does "Buy Guide" really deserve a dedicated persistent button at the bottom?
    And 'Tips'.
    Actually, as iMore hopes to expand its readership to those less tech savvy, I think those are two key elements of the site/app.
    04-10-2017 08:22 PM
  21. jschu22's Avatar
    Actually, as iMore hopes to expand its readership to those less tech savvy, I think those are two key elements of the site/app.
    I think it's safe to say a vast majority of visits to the app result in neither of those being used- even for the less savy users. If that's not the case then iMore needs to do some serious content work as those two categories typically cater to very brief needs.
    04-10-2017 10:02 PM
  22. durfmobile's Avatar
    (Copy/paste my comments from the comment section since I didn't see the link to this forum the first time I read the article)

    It would be nice if the Section Title stuck to the top of the screen while scrolling until the next section took its place.

    Can't find a way to jump to a section. Have to scroll & scroll. *see note below about scrolling performance.

    Sections too short prior to "load all" button, only shows 4 articles, then when I tap [read more] about 10 seconds later I'm looking at the same 4 articles first.

    Can't swipe right from left edge to go back to list, only goes to previous story, have to use my finglonger to reach the tiny top left back arrow; breaking iOS GUI protocol.

    Content blocker breaks comments when entering "safari kit" (whatever) view. This means I have to load the article 3 times to leave a comment. Don't you dare go back to reference the article while typing a comment, you must copy first, then reload 2 more times, then paste, so don't try to c/p from the article.

    Comment window is too small (on iPhone 6) - URL bar & big blank gray space above, big (Comment) button below - waste of screen real estate.

    Scrolling inertia is too low; scrolling feels laborious compared to every other app/site.

    Scrolling is laggy & jittery. I assume the article thumbnails are loading only after I start to scroll. Maybe my poor little iP6 just can't keep up. I'm on fast internet right now, will have to test again on slower cellular.

    Unclear if comment replies will generate app notifications - a feature I would like. I assume not since we have to go into safari kit for comments in the first place, and since I don't see a toggle to allow notifications for comments. I know I can turn on email notifications, but I'd rather just go straight to the comments in the article by tapping the notification.

    Be more perfect faster!!! /s

    (Part 2)

    "Featured" has a "More Recent" button, which only goes back to yesterday's articles... ? Would like an "All Articles" [in chronological order] section. Readers will surely miss many articles with the current configuration.

    Seriously, add the "swipe right from left edge to go back" gesture. That back arrow is too small of a target. I hate that every single iOS app puts the back button up there to begin with, and when the swipe-back gesture is gone or flaky, I delete the app. I deleted Facebook & Amazon bc that gesture only worked 1/2 the time, so I'll give iMore one more update before it goes the way of the flappy bird.
    I mean, I understand you want to make changes, and sometime you have to tear down the whole building bc the foundation can't support your plans, but don't invite the tenants to move in before the new building is complete. If the elevator is slow and jerky, if the AC isn't installed, if the lights flicker, if the toilets are flowing the wrong direction, they're going to move out. Changing the colors is the easy part, it's what the users notice first, but lack of function stops them from coming back, no matter how attractive the form. I'm not a web developer; I couldn't do better, right now. If it were my job I would not publish with such omitions and oversites.

    (Part 3)
    I just visited iMore.com on my 13" iPad Pro... wow... the text is huge in landscape orientation, waste of screen space. Also, the text field for this forum is about 3/4" tall, requiring tedious scrolling, again, wasted screen space.

    Why does opt+delete not delete the whole word on imore.com? (Not the only site, maybe a Safari bug, but does work on some, I think!; strange. These work: opt+shift+left arrow selects one whole word at a time. Opt+left/right arrow works)

    ❤️U iMore!
    04-11-2017 01:04 AM
  23. Cakefish's Avatar
    I think it's safe to say a vast majority of visits to the app result in neither of those being used- even for the less savy users. If that's not the case then iMore needs to do some serious content work as those two categories typically cater to very brief needs.
    Not to mention buy guide only really caters to people living in the US.
    04-11-2017 03:11 AM
  24. iSRS's Avatar
    I think it's safe to say a vast majority of visits to the app result in neither of those being used- even for the less savy users. If that's not the case then iMore needs to do some serious content work as those two categories typically cater to very brief needs.
    Completely understand your point.

    While my less tech savvy friends and family may not frequent this site, I use it as an invaluable resource when they reach out to me for help. When they have a question, I will often point them to a link on this site for the instructions. If I've sent them a few links in the past, I will say, "Did you check iMore?" and send a link. Now, I can have them install the app, and the tips will be that much easier to find.
    04-11-2017 07:26 AM
  25. iSRS's Avatar
    Not to mention buy guide only really caters to people living in the US.

    Perhaps that is true. Pricing wise, that is. However, the "best this for this type" I think could be valuable for many, especially that newer audience I mention above.

    This is a 1.0 app redesign. Perhaps a future update could bring a customizable lower bar with "Forums" being an option. The default could be as it is now. But us "more tech savvy" users could remove "Tips" or "Buying Guide" if we didn't want them.

    Great feedback so far. Keep it coming!
    Cakefish likes this.
    04-11-2017 07:33 AM
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