iPhone 6 Design, ‘Phablets’, Newsroom Copy Desks, Twitter’s Road Map, Mary Lester’s 5 Favorite Fonts for Gorgeous Numerals, TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week, Important Notice for DPS Users: iOS 8 Due Out Soon, Adobe MAX 2014

Welcome to TFP’s roundup of news and tips for media industry pros! This week, we’re sharing stories about what the iPhone 6 might look like, the growing “phablets” market, the demise of the traditional copy desk, Twitter’s plan to improve usability, and more.

  • With the expected arrival of iPhone 6 around the corner,iphone6 photo speculation mounted around the design of the new device. For those who couldn’t wait to get a glimpse, Business Insider published leaked photos showing front, side, and back views. Rumor has it that the new iPhone will sport a much larger screen than the iPhone 5 (4.7 inches vs. 4 inches), as well as near field communications (NFC) for mobile payment capabilities. All will be revealed at Apple’s event on Sept. 9.
  • The popularity of mobile devices with larger screens is indeed growing, according to research firm IDC, which predicted that the market for smartphones with screens measuring between 5.5 and 7 inches will grow at a 60% annual rate over the next four years. A report from Gigaom said that makes these devices, also known as “phablets”, the fastest growing handheld segment, with sales this year alone expected to increase nearly 210% over last year.
  • In the newsroom, traditional copy desks are increasingly becoming a thing of the past as publishers scramble to cut costs. A NetNewsCheck article said that this has people like Teresa Schmedding, president of the American Copy Editors Society, concerned that news organizations are putting their credibility at risk by publishing information that is not only sloppy but potentially wrong. Others argue that the job hasn’t gone away, but has been redefined to meet the demands of today’s digital world.
  • What’s on the horizon for Twitter? An algorithm-driven content feed, an improved search engine, and group chat, according to a road map laid out by the company’s CFO. The Wall Street Journal said these potential moves are part of a larger effort to better organize content so users can more easily find useful information and tune out noise.
  • When it comes to type, details matter, says TFP’s Mary Lester. Don’t miss her latest blog, My 5 Favorite Fonts for Gorgeous Numerals.
  • More and more people are using their smartphones to make purchases, and publishers like Domino and Rodale are setting up virtual retail stores to get in on the action. See TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week from TollFreeForwarding.com for a rundown on the latest smartphone trends.
  • Alert for DPS users: iOS 8 is due out next week and you will need to update your apps. Check out Adobe’s post on the topic.
  • Also, don’t miss Margot Knorr Mancini at the Adobe MAX 2014 conference, to be held in Los Angeles Oct. 4-8. She will speak at a session called Implementation and Integration with Digital Publishing Suite.

Photo: Feng.com/Business Insider

This Week in Publishing appears every Friday on the TFP blog. Every week we compile interesting and noteworthy stories from the publishing world and put together a wrap-up to help our readers stay up-to-date. Think we missed something great? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted by: Monica Sambataro

Monica Sambataro is a contributing editor and copyeditor for Technology for Publishing. Her publishing background includes work for leading technology- and business-related magazines and websites.