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The difference between iOS and Android developers and why it's not just a numbers game

When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and later when the iPhone SDK (now iOS SDK) was introduced in 2008, Apple explained how it was all based on a similar foundation to OS X, and even named the new frameworks Cocoa Touch, reflecting the Objective-C Cocoa frameworks of the Mac. There were and are differences, to be sure, but that core similarity not only made the iPhone, and later the iPad, instantly familiar to existing Mac developers, it made it interesting.

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Creator of iconic Tri-tone details how the now familiar Apple sound came to be

If you've ever wondered where the famous Apple Tri-tone sound came from, you now have your answer. Created by Kelly Jacklin, the sound was originally intended for the program that eventually became SoundJam MP, which then became iTunes after it was acquired by Apple.

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Anatomy of an iOS 7 icon redesign

iOS 7 is coming this fall - perhaps as soon as mid-September - and in terms of design language and user experience, it'll hit like something shot out of a mass driver. Not only will customers have to transition to a newly objectified, gamified, and dynamic interface, developers and designers will have create matching, perhaps transcending apps to go along with it. How much work will that be? Well, the incredibly talented and generous team over at the Iconfactory have shared their journey in updating xScope mirror for iOS 7:

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Steve Jobs considered taking the 'pro' out of Apple's products to make everyone more powerful

Steve Jobs once considered canceling Apple's "pro" products, the niche hardware and software aimed at higher-end power users, in an attempt to make Macs more productive for everybody. This according to former Apple advertising guru Ken Segall, who wrote on his Observatory:

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How to follow iMore on RSS, App Store, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more!

While we love everyone who visits iMore on the web - we are a website, after all! - we realize that it's even more important for us to be where you are. That's why we make it as easy as possible for you to follow us everywhere and anywhere you may be!

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Nintendo won't make games for Apple, so what about game controllers?

A while ago - I forget now if it was on Debug or Vector and I'm traveling at the moment so I can't check - the remarkably clever Guy English said he'd like to see Nintendo stay in the hardware game... by making controllers for third-party platforms like iOS. It was an almost Grant Morrison-style bit of tangential brilliance, offered as an aside and quickly consumed by the rest of his narrative, but it immediately came back to mind when I read Nintendo president Satoru Iwata comments to CVG:

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Apple Maps one year later: The good, the bad, and the future

Some love it, some tolerate it, some ridicule it, and some have all but abandoned it. When Apple made the decision to cut their Google-ties and go it alone with their own mapping service, it was a gutsy move. Google Maps makes people feel safe; it's been around for so long and offered so freely it's become the de-facto map service for many, many people.

Apple Maps, launched with iOS 6, was also free, had a gorgeous interface, gimmicky features like Fly Over, but for many people it simply failed at getting them from point A to point B, or getting locations or points of interests anywhere nearly right. Since then Apple has edited, apologized, reorganized, and poured considerable energy into making Maps better. So how are they doing?

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Private email service Lavabit chooses to quit rather than submit

Lavabit, a private email service currently best known for being NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's communication medium of choice, has suddenly and unexpectedly announced it's shutting down, hinting it would rather do that than comply with something it claims it's not even allowed to talk about. Ladar Levison, owner and operator, on the Lavabit home page:

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iMore show LIVE! 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT! Be here!!

The iMore show returns LIVE today with Peter Cohen and yours truly breaking down all the news of the week that you need to know.

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How to turn an old iPod classic into a new emergency boot drive for Mac

"Let no old yet still functional technology go to waste" is the motto of any good McGyver-class geek, which is what makes the idea of using an abandoned but still capable iPod classic as an emergency boot drive for the Mac so appealing. Chris Breen of Macworld:

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