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Old Sep 7, 2008, 04:11 PM   #1
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[Merged] Interest in an iPhone or iPad App for MacRumors.com

It would be dead cool if someone in this forum (i.e. a Macrumors member or even Arn), made a slick, yet free, iPhone app centered on Macrumors.com. I was thinking something ala Twitterriffic... You know the sexy icon, with the sleek UI...

I'd do it but I don't have the skills! I could design it though

Haha! Just me sharing thoughts...

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Old Sep 7, 2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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That would be very cool.

Someone, PLEASE DO IT!!!
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Old Sep 7, 2008, 04:33 PM   #3
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That would be awesome! I hope somebody makes that.
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Old Sep 7, 2008, 04:52 PM   #4
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I've made a quick mock-up of the Start-up page (like I said, a little in the style of Twitterriffic)

I'll post more tomorrow! Bed time soon! haha!

Excuse the quality!

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Old Sep 8, 2008, 04:17 AM   #5
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Now I'm doubting whether to make it a dark or a light/mimicking the actual MacRumors page... What should I do?? I've done a MR mimick one at the moment and gonna try a darker look.




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Old Sep 8, 2008, 04:41 PM   #6
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That looks awesome!

But it's funny, I think it looks even more awesome when you look at it with inverted colors (press Ctrl+Option+Apple+8 to see it)
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 04:19 AM   #7
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I would LOVE an app like that. I don't find mobile macrumors a particular joy to browse
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 08:23 AM   #8
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I would LOVE an app like that. I don't find mobile macrumors a particular joy to browse
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 10:28 AM   #9
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Would an app geared around a rumor site which publishes information regarding unreleased products make it through Apple's control and onto the App Store?
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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I love the idea and the screen-shots look great.

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Would an app geared around a rumor site which publishes information regarding unreleased products make it through Apple's control and onto the App Store?
Interesting question... I think Apple would be smart to stay out of things like this, though.

For one thing MR is basically a self-sustaining community of fans. Companies can spend millions of marketing dollar and not get the same results. Sure, info that's bad for Apple gets passed around. But if MR was a cocktail it would be 1 part worms (bad for Apple), 10 parts sunshine (good for Apple).

But even that's beside the point. Once you get in the business of deciding which content to allow and not allow you expose yourself to all kinds of problems. Every time you make a questionable call your reputation suffers. Who wants their own customers not to trust them? There is a lot of content to review and it can't be done by low-level grunts without large numbers of poor decisions being made. Even experienced reviewers can't always understand the full implications of every decision. There is legal exposure, too. You need to be very consistent and even then you'll be getting sued for letting this in or keeping that out.

A workaround:

It could be developed as a general RSS viewer that supports a particular form of UI customization template. The MR template could be hosted, for example, on the MR site itself: it would be entirely separate from the app itself. It would containt the MR-specific art, menus, etc.

A user would then download the app and then point it at MR. The app reads the template and from that point on, it's a MR RSS reader.
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 12:20 PM   #11
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Or how about a decent web app alternative? For example, google's iphone mobile experience.
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 01:16 PM   #12
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Or how about a decent web app alternative? For example, google's iphone mobile experience.
I'm sure that's doable :coughs::errhm: Arn :cough::errhm:
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 01:29 PM   #13
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Here's a darker (better IMO) concept:




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Old Sep 12, 2008, 02:05 PM   #14
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Concept above is awesome, this app would be welcomed with open arms!! Keep the dream rolling....

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Old Sep 12, 2008, 04:40 PM   #15
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Now that looks awesome!

Some programmers, get in here! That gotta get from concept art to actual program!

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Old Sep 13, 2008, 08:49 AM   #16
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Now that looks awesome!

Some programmers, get in here! That gotta get from concept art to actual program!

(Wishes that he can code)
Thanks! Yes! I hope some developers are reading this!

I wish I could program as well!

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Old Sep 13, 2008, 06:25 PM   #17
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hey guys.

If we did this, I'd want MacRumors to control the app as an "official" version -- to avoid conflicts down the line. If there are any developers who thinks they could do this sort of app for hire, contact me.

arn@normalkid.com

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Old Sep 15, 2008, 08:48 PM   #18
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I actually have made a MacRumors RSS Reader for iPhone. It doesn't look like that, but I have the code, and it works. At the moment it:

Displays and populates a list view of all the current stories of The Apple Blog.

When a table cell is tapped, it opens the story in Mobile Safari.

I would be willing to provide the code, if a developer could slap that lovely GUI on the front of it. For free of course.

I will upload pictures when I can...Its for OS 2.0+

P.S. Arn, or somebody, where can I find a page 1 RSS Feed for MacRumors for my app??

Thanks

Edit 1: Found the RSS XML as a link on the MR Homepage. I loaded it into the code and its not working, for some reason it can only read ones hosted at FeedBurner or in the format of "http://feeds.feedburner.com/MacRumors". Can someone host an XML there if this application is accepted??
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 03:51 AM   #19
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At the moment I use NewsNetWire to stay in touch with MR on the move. One issue is that the RSS feeds only contain a small amount of the article so you couldn't read it all in the MR app via RSS. If that makes sense!

This would be so cool though, particularly once Push notification is available
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Old Nov 16, 2008, 08:50 PM   #20
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Any news on a macrumors app yet?
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Old Nov 17, 2008, 09:23 AM   #21
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I downloaded the SDK yesterday but deleted it instantly! I haven't a clue of how code works! Say... Do you think Apple would let it get into the App Store? After all.. It's just a news site!
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Sorry for resurrecting an old thread here but I just saw the mock-ups and have to say that they look pretty cool.
Is there any status on this Arn?
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That looks awesome!

But it's funny, I think it looks even more awesome when you look at it with inverted colors (press Ctrl+Option+Apple+8 to see it)
100% agree
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MacRumors iPhone site

Hi everyone, I recently thought of something that I think would improve MacRumors a lot. Now I don't know about you, but I check this site daily, and it is usually when I am on the go from my iPhone. I know some sites have mobile versions formatted for the iPhone and iPod Touch screens (ex. Facebook, pictured below.) I think that if MacRumors had a site like this, it would help us people who check different blogs from our iPhone/iPod Touch. Has anyone else thought about this? Anyone disagree? Leave your thoughts below.
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