If you happen to follow one or more iOS app developers on Twitter, you've probably noticed an uptick in posts about the challenges they face in surviving as independents. One of the most detailed comes from developer Jared Sinclair, who outlined the first year's worth of sales activity for his RSS app Unread, and it's a bit of a sobering view on how even quality titles can fail to produce sustainable income. But that's not the only news this morning; it looks like two members of the Mac family could be getting updates soon.
Discovery has become a key focus for Apple of late, and one subtle change for the better can now be seen in the App Stores. Read all about the improved shopping experience — plus new wireless charging at Starbucks, a Father's Day discount on Pebble Steel, and more — in today's Overnight Recap!
Tired of being left out of those exclusive clubs that all the cool kids get into? If you happen to live in the United States and have $1500 burning a hole in your pocket, that cash will now buy you a ticket to the Google Glass club, now that Mountain View has swung open its doors to any and all takers. Just keep in mind the product is still very much in beta, and could potentially cause way more trouble than it's worth when it comes to the privacy of those around you...
Mac minis are back in the game after a hiatus around these parts. These little hockey puck-sized powerhouses were some of the first signs of Apple's commitment to shrinkage — but in a good way. And now we see that the cold weather has also gotten the prices of gear down to smaller sizes. So what are you waiting for?
Where did you buy your last cell phone? If you answered Apple or Best Buy, you're certainly not alone, as a new survey revealed the two retail giants increasingly make up a big percentage of carrier sales.
Planning on taking advantage of Walmart's $20 discount on Apple's new 16GB iPad Air? Apple and Best Buy would like to have a word with you. Specifically, they'd like for you to know that they're matching the juggernaut retailer's prices at least in their retail stores. 9to5 Mac even reported that Staples is now in on the action, offering the device for $479 even on its website.
Happy Columbus Day to American readers, and happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian neighbors! It's already the middle of October and a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front, but if the rumor mill is to be believed, we'll have one more round of Apple product announcements before the month is out to get us through the 2013 holiday season. So without further ado, here's what's making news over the weekend...
A week of praise for the iPhone 5s and a week of blame for it both. And it looks like a distributor has a great tradeback deal in the works, so if you were hesitant about a new handset, this could be your ticket. Plus a great Cupertino employee moonlights for an iconic brand. That and more behind the curtain.
Best Buy delivered some exceptionally good trade-in deals over the summer, and now TechnoBuffalo reports (via MacRumors) that it'll soon offer customers a $100 gift card to put toward the purchase of an iPhone 5s or 5c with a trade-in of any working smartphone. Keep in mind that the offer's not official yet--it was discovered via a leaked internal document.
The 2013 holiday season hasn't kicked off yet, but it's already a great time to buy an iPhone 5c as retailers attempt to undercut each other with deals that allow buyers to nab a phone for as low as $45 up front.