• Friday Morning News

    Apple CEO Tim Cook's extensive interview with Bloomberg reveals a few interesting points about Apple, and about him, worth sharing. There's the fact that he wants to bring Mac manufacture back to the US, the transition to being CEO, and how Apple continues to make the best products in the world.

    Apple is making moves in China ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5 and new iPad models, starting with a Chinese version of the Start Developing iOS Apps Today guide, written by Apple developers in order to assist would-be developers get up and running.

    According to research analyst firm Canalys, half of all App Store revenue goes to just 25 developers. Of the $120 million in revenue generated in the first 20 days of November, half was split between 25 developers, and only one of those wasn't a game development house.

    An interesting post says the iOS keyboard has room for improvement, particularly on the iPad. Other platforms already have an additional row above the keyboard which enables easier word selection and whatever else, and perhaps it's time iOS did the same.

    Updates to Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion have been released which fix a few bugs. Seems like a pretty minor update, with the release notes for all three apps mentioning "stability, performance, and compatibility" for the vague update notes trifecta.

    A new version of Twitterrific was released yesterday for iPhone and iPad, and you'll either love it or hate it. In a world were we have Tweetbot, releasing a Twitter client without push notifications and streaming seems a little weird, but those are features on the roadmap. The Next Web's review shows off the really cool GIF-scrubbing feature* totally useless, but very cool.

    I know a lot of people that swear by Alfred, a launcher for OS X that will make you more productive. It's kinda like Spotlight on steroids, given that you can search and launch for pretty much anything *apps, web content, and even make up your own custom searches. The Verge has a more in-depth look at Alfred, which will soon go to version 2.0.

    Also from The Verge is a review of Cobook for iPhone, what they're calling a better Contacts app. Cobook is similar to Alfred in that it's the Contacts app on steroids, where people have multiple cards: their contact info is on one, with various social networks on others.

    Snapseed was snapped up by Google earlier this year, and now they've dropped the price to free on iOS (and even released it for Android). The new version of Snapseed features Google+ integration, but really, let's just hope Google doesn't make one of the better image editors on iOS go away.

    And finally this morning: the iPhone's default ringtones have been way, way, overused, but what if someone reproduce the original ringtones with an acoustic guitar? They're alright.
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