• Thursday Morning News

    Apple CEO Tim Cook was on stage with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg yesterday at AllThingsD's D11 conference, and he talked about a great many things involving Apple. The full transcript can be read over at The Verge, but did you know Apple has acquired 9 companies since October last year? Or that Apple only makes one iPhone because the tradeoffs for making multiple devices aren't worth it compared to making just one solid product? Or even how there is a grand vision for the Apple TV, a product that's sold over 13 million units worldwide? AllThingsD have put up the session video for you to watch online, so you can see how much of a cool customer Tim Cook really is.

    The executive changeup at Apple has been pretty great, according to Tim Cook, and it should come as no surprise that the redesigned iOS and a revamped OS X will be making an appearance at WWDC in just a few short weeks. Cook spoke about how Jony Ive has been such a big design influence for Apple hardware over the years, and how he's now doing the same thing for their software interfaces. Honestly, I can't wait for the iOS redesign ó*love it or hate it, I know it'll be exciting.

    Tim Cook also expressed how Apple are open to the idea of allowing more open API access, as well as open to the idea of relying on third parties for providing services to Apple products. The comparison between the closed nature of iOS and Android's open one was made, and Cook responded by saying that although Apple are open to the idea of loosening up a bit, they won't sacrifice the user experience.

    Apple has hired the former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency as an overseer for its environmental initiatives. The topic was brought up by Walt Mossberg on stage, and Tim Cook replied by saying Apple owns the largest solar farm and fuel cell of any non-energy company in the US.

    Marco Arment sold The Magazine to its editor, Glenn Fleishman. Mostly because there wasn't really any more development work that needed to be done, and mostly because Fleishman was doing the majority of the work anyway. Arment will continue on in an advisory role past June 1, but the obvious question is: what's next for Marco Arment, now that Instapaper, Tumblr, and The Magazine are gone?

    WWDC is only a few weeks away, and it's important to keep in mind a few things about what we're expecting Apple to reveal. The Loop's Jim Dalyrymple: "the important thing to remember about WWDC is that it is a developer conference. Itís not a place where Apple is going to show off the newest iPhone or iPad." Which is kinda funny, actually, seeing as Apple has previously unveiled a new iPhone at WWDC three years in a row.

    Analog Camera by Realmac Software is now available on the App Store, and the simple, easy to use camera app gets a favourable review from MacStories. The interface shows a lot of flat design, but apart from that, it's a pretty nice camera app ó I can't get over how cool that pull to refresh animation is.

    Second Gear are announcing a new app, and they're doing it in an incredibly unique way. Instead of sending out TestFlight invitations or press releases, they're announcing the app via something they're calling the Second Gear Pit Pass, a pass you can store in PassBook to get the latest about the upcoming app. It's a fantastic idea.

    Neven Mrgan has a few tips on choosing the wording for your app wisely. The example he gives is when an app lets a user choose or take a photo. Cleverly, Analog Camera circumvents this issue by being only about your photos and camera, but even so, the wording for your app might be more important than you realised.

    Rdio for Mac has been updated, and the new version features an interface that can only be described as minimal. The design is now focused on whitespace, typography, and simplicity, and it looks pretty great.
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