Editor's Message

I was a senior in high school when I came across my first Apple product. I had haphazardly signed up for an advanced Computer Science class, and I was disappointed to find out we had to work on these unfamiliar machines called "iMacs." They didn't look anything like the square, cold PCs I was familiar with. In fact, they were an assortment of neon-colored, alien-shaped stations that seemed to either come from the future or from the mind of Willy Wonka. How was I supposed to take computer programming seriously? After one week of using these "iMacs," not only was I taking them seriously, I was starting to love their unique features. I didn't know it then, but I was indirectly participating in one of the greatest comebacks in business history. Steve Job's Apple was back on its feet, and it was ready to start sprinting.

Our first issue of iPhone Life

When Steve Jobs spoke to the graduating class of Stanford in 2005, he left them with this final message; "Stay hungry, stay foolish." This is my first issue as Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine, and it's the first issue published by our new, young company called Mango Life Media. The Mango Life Media team consists of David Averbach, Publisher and CEO; Raphael Burnes, CTO; Hal Goldstein, Senior Editor and Founder; and myself. We're taking Steve's words to heart, and we're going to stay hungry and foolish. We're also immensely grateful for the support and trust we've received from Hal Goldstein, who has been publishing niche tech publications for 26 years, and Richard Hall, who has been the Managing Editor alongside Hal for 23 years. They have laid down a clear, consistent, and successful path that makes our hunger and foolishness possible. All of our future success will build upon what they have built, and it will be a testament to their principles and vision. This publication will continue to publish entertaining, useful, and visually engaging content written for users, by users. Exciting times are ahead!

What's in this issue?

This is probably one of the most popular issues of the year, and it's also one of the most fun to put together. This year's Buyer's Guide features the best of everything from every category of apps and accessories. It's the perfect issue for holiday shopping because you'll see only the cream of the crop. So dig in and load up your devices with the best of the best. I know I will.

What's next?

We just unveiled a new design and look to our website, iphonelife.com. This re-design has been in the works for many months, and we're just thrilled to see it finally come to fruition. We will be unveiling new features and aspects to the site in the coming months, so keep checking back to see the latest.

As always, thank you for your faithful readership and support. Our goal is to help you make the most out of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and hearing your feedback and thanks makes our work worthwhile. Please don't hesitate to contact me at alex@iphonelife.com, or twitter @alexcequea. I'm always happy to hear from you.

Hungry, Foolish, and Grateful.

2011 Buyers Guide
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