Tim Cook spoke during the opening keynote of the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference, where he spoke on a number of topics including why Apple doesn't compete on specs. He said specs were the things other companies talk about because they're not talking about the experience; look at any Apple TV ad and you'll see that they're all about what you can do with the device or service, not how many megapixels it has or how fast its processor is. The full transcript is available at MacRumors, but Ars also has a great run down of what Cook said.
Ever since Apple starting selling software as digital downloads instead of as a boxed product, it's allowed iTunes to bloom as a multi-faceted business (as if it wasn't already beforehand). Now, software like OS X, iWork, and pro-level apps are being counted under the iTunes umbrella, making for some pretty impressive numbers. Horace Deidu at Asymco has all the numbers, which includes $13.5 billion in revenue for 2012.
More stuff is breaking with iOS 6.1 than people originally thought, as reports of Exchange errors have started popping up. AOL has already disabled calendar management functionality via iOS devices, as it seems there's some kind of bug where the iOS device has a continuous loop which causes Exchange mailboxes and calendar accounts to error out. It's a big deal for Exchange servers, and Microsoft has published an official support document detailing temporary workarounds — at least until Apple fixes the issue.
Tech-savvy OS X users have been looking for an alternative to HFS+ for years, and many see ZFS as that alternative. As far as ZFS rumours go, it's been rumoured for inclusion in every OS X release since Leopard, and now, users are demanding support for ZFS in OS X 10.9. But it's likely too late, what with the widespread testing of OS X 10.9 that server logs have turned up.
A battery issue affecting the MacBook Pro has prompted Apple to release firmware update 1.7 to address an issue where machines that had accumulated over 1000 charge-recharge cycles would unexpectedly shut down or stop working. The same update was also released last month for MacBooks, but this update is specifically for the MacBook Pro.
If you're into URL schemes, bookmarklets, and other iOS automation type things, you'll love Chris White's GitHub page of iOS workflows. White has compiled a pretty nice list of bookmarklets, URL schemes for inter-app communication, and Drafts-related automation — it's all quite impressive, actually.
Sonos has introduced a new product called the Playbar. It's along the same lines of the slimline sound bar speaker systems you see for TVs, but contains nine speakers for a balanced soundstage. What's more, the Playbar can integrate with your existing Sonos wireless music setup, including the ability to control it via an iOS device, as well as being able to connect to two Play:3s for a full 5.1 system without any messy wires.
Real Racing 3 is set to be released at the end of February, and it's going to be a freemium release. Touch Arcade has a good post on how the economy will work in Real Racing 3, but the gist of it is that there will be cooldown timers when you do things to your car (upgrades or repairs). You'll be able to pay to make those cooldown timers go away using real money, so it comes down to how impatient you are (or how much you enjoy playing Real Racing).
Microslot antennas from Apple could be making their way to a device near you, and these near-invisible antennas could mean better-performing devices with no design compromises. From what I can gather, the patent seems to describe tiny antennas integrated into the housing of a device, instead of being the actual housing of the device as in the iPhone 4.
And finally this morning, MacMiniColo has a post on ten iPhone apps for use in IT. If you manage servers and need to know things like CPU load, iStat is great for that. Or there's PingTool, for DNS lookups, traceroutes, and so on. There's plenty of other great apps in their post, so check it out.