Three years ago, I started MacStories because I didn’t have a job. Along the way, the “hobby” became a new job in itself, and it now allows me to run a site read by millions of people every month. More importantly, the site has allowed me to get to know some amazing people: my co-workers, developers and designers, and you, our readers.
Three years is not an incredible milestone. Yet, because April 20, 2009, feels so distant to us, I thought it would be appropriate to quickly look back at things we’ve done, and lay out a foundation for the plans we’re excited to execute in the future.
We’re not perfect. We have been guilty of focusing too much on “quick” news reporting and speculation about Apple in the past years, and, in retrospect, I think we could have handled some things differently. But I also like to look at this differently: along the way, we’ve found our style. It’s not perfect, but at least it’s what we love to do. It’s the very notion of “getting better” that implies starting from somewhere. And if not everyone will agree that the articles we publish today are better than the ones from 2009, we are surely happier with the words we post in 2012.
On a personal note, I want to thank the MacStories team for allowing me to turn a passion into my dream job. Cody, Chris, Graham, Don, and the most recent additions to the crew, Gabe and Lukas, are amazing colleagues and, more importantly, friends that, like me, share a common goal: to write about the devices and software we love, and the ecosystem of stories and people around them.
As a team, we’d like to thank you, our readers, for showing up every day and allowing us, with your opinions and support, to run MacStories exactly the way we want to: with passion and a shared sentiment that, ultimately, people are always interested in a good story.
We want to keep bringing you the news, reviews, stories and everything in between that you’re now used to seeing on MacStories. In three years, we hope to be able to look back at this article, and say that we’ve gotten “better”.
We hope to have as much fun along the way as we have had in the past three years. That’s why we created a small list of the stuff we’re proud of (you can find it below): to remember we had fun, but that we can also do better.
It’s our goal to make MacStories a better site in every aspect: more readable, with more quality content, more stories, and new options for our readers to enjoy our articles on any device. We’ll be making some changes to the site soon, and we hope you’ll enjoy them.
Thanks for reading MacStories. Here’s to the next three years, starting today.
Our first post, and original logo from 2009:
And our version 2.0 design for 2009-2010:
- Sparrow for iPhone Review
- Camera+ 3.0 Review
- Adobe Photoshop Touch Review
- Review: Osfoora for Mac
- Clear: A Delightful and Clever Todo App
- Tweetbot for iPad Review
- Read It Later Reborn: Pocket Saves Everything “For Later”
- A New Cat To Tame: OS X Lion Review
- Instacast HD Review: It’s Incredible
- iPad (3) Review: You Won’t Believe It Until You See It
- iPhone 4S Review
- 13-inch MacBook Air Review (2011)
Editorials & Analysis
- The Problem With The iOS Home Screen
- iCloud’s First Six Months: The Developers Weigh In
- iOS 6 Wishes
- The iOS-ification Of Apple’s Ecosystem
- On iPads and Personal Computers: A Post-PC Retrospective
- Comparing My Favorite iOS Text Editors
- The Apple Community
- The Apple Community, Part II
- The State Of iCloud-enabled Apps
- Greed and Entitlements
- The Case for an iOS Aperture
- New Twitter Clients
- Mac App Store: Year One
- My Educated Guess On What The Next Apple TV Will Be
- A Trusted System
- Apple Q4 2011 Results: $28.27 Billion Revenue, 17.07 Million iPhones, 11.12 Million iPads, 4.89 Million Macs Sold
- Apple Q1 2012 Results: $46.33 Billion Revenue, 37.04 Million iPhones, 15.43 Million iPads Sold
- All The Statistics And Insights That Apple Revealed In Their Earnings Call
- Understanding The Agency Model And The DOJ’s Allegations Against Apple And Those Publishers
- It’s Time To Change iTunes
- The (Semi)Skeuomorphism
- Regarding Apple’s Edge and the new Apple TV Interface
- Apple Reveals New “All-Time Top Apps” Following 25 Billion Downloads
- Steve Jobs Resigns, Tim Cook Named New CEO of Apple
- OS X Mountain Lion: The iOS-ification Continues This Summer
- iOS 5: Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features
- My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2011 Edition
- Screen Sharing For Alfred Brings VNC To Your Fingertips
- Best Apps Of 2011: Vote For Your Favorite + A Huge Giveaway