Apps

Adobe Lightroom launches on iPad, available through Creative Cloud

Adobe has today launched a mobile version of its Lightroom photo-editing suite on iPad. The Adobe Lightroom Mobile app, which works in tandem with iPad, is included as part of the company's Creative Cloud subscription suite, prices for which start at $9.99 per month. Like its desktop counterpart, the app is designed to enable professional-quality photo editing on-the-go, with realtime sync for your Lightroom collections through Creative Cloud.

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Penultimate updated with improved pens, page-turning and Jot Script support

A new version of Penultimate, the Evernote-owned real-life notebook app for iPad, is rolling out now through the App Store. Penultimate version 5.2 introduces a redesigned pen selection menu, allowing you to choose the width of your pen, and easier swapping without having to reselect your color.

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Which app do you reach for first in the morning?

The light, the sound, a pet, a person — something! — wakes you up in the morning and, sleep and dreams still swirling through your brain, you grope, bleary-eyed for your iPhone or iPad, fumble-to-unlock, and then swipe and tap around to launch... which app exactly?

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Analyst: Apps are to blame for music sales drop, not streaming services

Digital music sales have declined for the first time since the iTunes Store went online, according to a recent Billboard report. Analyst Horace Dediu thinks he knows the culprit: apps. Dediu explains his reasoning in a new post on Asymco.

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Best NFL apps for iOS

NFL playoffs are upon us, and football fans are likely getting pretty excited. There are a ton of ways to follow the action on your iPhone or iPad, and we’ve rounded up some of the best iOS apps for making sure you don’t miss a thing.

Even if you're not a big sports guy, we've included some top-notch football games here that just about anybody can enjoy.

Alright, ready for kick-off?

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Apple introduces volume purchase program for Mac App Store

Apple's volume purchasing program which currently lets developers offer discounts to businesses and educational institutions who buy large amounts of their apps, is being extended to the Mac. Apple sent out the following note to developers enrolled in the Mac program:

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Would you like Apple to move built-in apps to the App Store? [Poll]

Would you like Apple to move built-in apps to the App Store?

The iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad currently come pre-installed with range of apps including Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, Clock, Maps, Videos, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Newsstand, iTunes Store, App Store, Settings, Mail, Safari, and music. None of those apps can be downloaded from the App Store, nor can they be deleted. They simply are. But what if that changed? What if Apple still pre-installed those same apps, but updated them via the App Store?

Perhaps Apple can already update built-in apps outside of firmware updates, perhaps not. To date they haven't taken advantage of any such functionality. They haven't pushed out a new version of just Safari to patch a vulnerability or exploit. They haven't pushed out a new version of mail to add a clever new feature. They haven't pushed out a new version of Game Center to remove those super-annoying "[Your soon-to-be-former-friend] has challenged you to [scummy app you'll now be avoiding]." When there's a long gap between iOS updates, there's a long gap between built-in iOS app updates.

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Take our Apps Survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

We're fans of numbers and quantifiable data here at Mobile Nations, and so following after the second week of Talk Mobile 2013, we're turning to our good friend the survey to help compile some data. Week two was focused on apps, apps, apps and developers, developers, developers. If you missed any of the content, be sure to click over to our Talk Mobile hub and check it out.

The mobile apps survey will only take a minute or two to complete, and as an extra incentive (not that you guys and gals need it, but we like to give things away), by completing the survey you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card. Hit the link below to take the survey!

Click here to take the Talk Mobile State of Mobile Apps Survey!

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How to get iMore to cover your apps and games

Today's Talk Mobile was all about helping developers better market their apps. Media outlets like iMore are an important part of that marketing, yet like any resource, we have our limits. We get dozens of app submissions a day and sometimes hundreds a week, but we only have time to cover a handful. And as much as we love developers and apps, we love our readers even more, and take our responsibility to them incredibly seriously. We're only ever going to offer them the very best apps and games we can find. To put it bluntly, if something looks or works like crap, we're not going anywhere near it.

So, if you're a developer and you've made an amazing app or game, what's the best way to ensure it gets featured on iMore? There's no absolute answer to that question -- it's a classic chaos equation -- but there's a lot of things that can help, and a few that can hinder:

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The Magazine updated with ability to send letters to the editor, more

The Magazine, created by Marco Arment and executive edited by Glenn Fleishman, has been updated to version 1.2.2, but don't let the small increase in numbering fool you -- there are a couple of great new features contained within.

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