It's been another busy week here on iMore, and as we get closer and closer to WWDC 2013 we're starting to see more iOS 7 rumors surface. Also making headlines this week was Yahoo!, who had a pretty busy Monday, Microsoft's future of the Xbox event, oh, and we were treated to an all-new iMore Show! Read on for the recap!
We'll start with Yahoo!, who came out swinging this past Monday. Rumors had been rife that they were preparing a bid to acquire blogging platform Tumblr, and those rumors turned into truth on Monday morning. Yahoo! and Tumblr announced the deal was to take place, and would be worth $1.1 billion in cash. Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Meyer, posted her first blog post on Tumblr that very same morning, proclaiming that "we promise we won't screw it up." Nice touch.
Then, at a press event in New York on Monday evening, Meyer herself took to the stage at the Flickr press event and presented a major overhaul to the popular photography service. The headline items were an all-new, and pretty awesome looking interface, along with a new pricing strategy that sees every single user on a free account receive a full terabyte of storage for their photos. An insane amount of free storage for your photos.
Next it was over to Microsoft to impress, with their Xbox event up at the company's Richmond headquarters. Our buddies from Windows Phone Central provided excellent coverage of the event, but while there was no specific mention of iOS related items, it's hard to deny that we were all pretty impressed. With gestures and speech recognition galore, did Microsoft beat Apple to making the killer Apple TV? Both Derek Kessler and Peter Cohan have written excellent pieces on the Xbox One and how it may fit into our world, so be sure to check them out if you missed them first time around.
- The Xbox One hears all, sees all, and steals Google's dreams
- Is the Xbox One the Apple TV we've been waiting for?
- Xbox One reveal day roundup from WPCentral
Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that excitement is building as we get ever closer to WWDC 2013. We all have things we'd like to see come out of the annual developer conference, but likewise there's things we're pretty sure we will be seeing. One such thing is iOS 7, and this week a couple of rumors surfaced on what to expect. Firstly we heard that Flickr and Vimeo may well be integrated into iOS 7, much the same as Twitter and Facebook currently are. Then we were treated to the latest rumor around Jony Ive's all-new, flatter UI and that it is set to be "black, white and flat all over." Rumors are still just that, rumors, but it does still build up our anticipation ahead of WWDC.
- Flickr and Vimeo integration rumored for iOS 7
- Latest rumors suggest iOS 7 to be "black, white and flat all over"
Apple CEO Tim Cook made the trip cross-country this week to appear at a Senate hearing regarding the company's approach to taxes. Chris Umiastowski posted an excellent editorial on the subject that really got the iMore readers engaged, so if you happened to miss that one be sure to give it a read.
- Apple already pays $1 out of every $40 tax dollars the U.S. collects. How much more does the Senate want?
Elsewhere this week, Peter Cohan gave us some excellent tips on how to breathe new life into your ageing Mac Pro, well worth reading if, like many, you're clinging onto your Mac Pro until the bitter end. Leanna continued her round up of photography related apps, this week moving onto a great selection for the professional photographer. And, speaking of photography, I just so happened to come across a piece of vintage Apple in the QuickTake 150 digital camera, so I had to share it with you guys. Ally also posted an excellent piece on where to find the best pre-paid deal for your iPhone in the U.S. All well worth a read.
- How to breathe new life into a dying Mac Pro
- Best iPhone and iPad apps for professional photographers: Take your shooting and your business to the next level!
- Blast from the past: The Apple QuickTake 150 digital camera
- Strapped for cash? Here are the best prepaid iPhone plans in the U.S.!
Next week we'll be telling you all about #TM13, but this week we told you about the launch party in New York City! If that's not enough, we're offering a trip for two to NYC and the launch party where you'll get to meet all the editors from Mobile Nations. If you haven't entered yet, what are you waiting for?!
- Next week we'll tell you all about #TM13, today we'll give you a chance to win a trip for two to NYC for the launch party!
And last, but by no means least, this week saw the first edition of our revamped iMore Show. Rene and Peter were joined by Derek Kessler, our Mobile Nations EiC-at-large, along with Michael Simmons of Flexibits to talk Apple Taxes, the Xbox One, the Mac Pro, apps, accessories and more!
There you have it, the best of iMore for the week. What stood out for you in everything that went on in the last 7 days? What do you still want to comment about? Have at it below!