iOS Forum or Sub-Forum.

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  1. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Many people discuss iOS in either the iPhone or iPad forums. Or possibly down in a software forum. I think we need a Forum for iOS discussion. Preferably at the top or bottom of the iPhone, iPad and iPod forums. Since these devices, the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad are now converging at 4.2, many features and elements relating to betas, release dates, and other functionality is relevant to all types of iOS device and it would be nice to have a central place to discuss it.

    If there already is a place, it is neither obvious or easy to find. Nor should it be lumped into any of the main forums in Apple Applications or Apple Systems & Services without at least having its own sub-forum.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    We have an OSX forum, to discuss OS related issue, why not for iOS.
     
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

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    roland.g,

    It's not an unreasonable suggestion. The need for an iOS subforum depends in part on the quantity of IOS-themed threads we routinely have, other than those in the News forums and the programming forums. Can you point out more than a few currently active threads that fall into this category? I haven't spotted many.
     
  4. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603

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    D.Q.,

    They are everywhere in my opinion. Many people are talking about the iOS software, features, release date, etc. and if I wanted to start a thread I'm not sure I'd know which forum to start it in, iPhone or iPad, likewise, within that main forum or in the tricks, troubleshooting subs.

    Examples.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1050827

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1042931 - this one mentions iPhone but it is a general Airplay and Apple TV discussion.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1047779

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1049338

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1051521

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1050527

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1050463

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1050820

    Just to show some of the recent ones. I think it will be even more helpful when it is released and in the future now that the iOS is consolidated on all devices to discuss announced new features coming or those found in betas.

    While some of these threads are obviously posted by someone in regard to a specific device, that doesn't mean the discussion isn't broad enough for all. That's simply my point. We talk about OS X but leave iOS discussion to each device forum. Should I go to iMac or MacBook to talk about OS X because that's what I'm running it on. Like I said, I just thought it was time.
     
  5. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Seems a good idea because of iOS convergence.

    I wouldn't label it just the 'iOS forum' though. Not many people in the street are fully cognisant of iOS. Everyone knows Macs run OSX but the iOS brand is a bit more hidden behind the ranks of iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

    You could label it something like ' iOS - the software that runs your iPod, iPhone, and iPad' then the other forums could become 'iPhone hardware', iPad hardware' etc.
     
  6. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    What about an iOS forum?

    Hey guys,

    First of all, great website!

    I was wondering if we could get an iOS forum as well, since there's one for Mac OS X, and none specifically for iOS (unless i'm blind). It seems that a lot of people are talking about iOS updates in the iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch forums.

    What do you guys think?
     
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

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    People discuss iOS in general when there's a news story about it (in the matching discussion thread) or from a programming point of view (for which there's a forum). Otherwise, they post about it in the forum for the device they are using. The question is whether they'd really switch to discussing it in a single iOS forum. I think some people would use the new forum but many others would not, so we'd end up further fragmenting those discussions. But you need a crystal ball to know these things for certain.
     

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