Weekly Roundup: Forgot about Cook

Apple's buying Beats? For $3.2 billion? What?! It begs the question why Apple would be interested in purchasing a nascent streaming company instead of one of the bigger dogs, like Rdio or Spotify, but I'm sure Tim Cook et al have their reasons. Ostensibly the purchase price can't matter that much. So it must be something else. Beats also has a popular line of hardware, and two of the biggest names in music, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, who would undoubtedly come along with the acquisition.

Apple could certainly use a streaming music service, but it doesn't seem like that's worth three billion dollars. Apple could certainly use better headphones, but those don't seem to be worth three billion dollars either. Does Apple need a couple superstars of the music industry? Perhaps Tim Cook thinks they do.

I can't imagine Steve Jobs ever specifically seeking out 'star power' to head up Apple. Frankly, I think his ego was too big for that. But Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs, and seems to be perfectly happy bringing in people that he thinks are best equipped to handle specific verticals, regardless of how famous they may be. For instance, Angela Ahrendts has a much higher profile coming into Apple than Ron Johnson did.

All of this raises the question of who else Apple might bring in, or which other companies they may acquire.

It also means that I'll be incredibly disappointed if Dr. Dre isn't the Thursday night performer at WWDC.

Best,
Aaron


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M13BadgeView

M13BadgeView

A customizable implementation of badges for UIViews.

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M13AsynchronousImageView

M13AsynchronousImageView

An UIImageView category that loads images asynchronously from the web or the disk.

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UzysAnimatedGifPullToRefresh

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MessageDisplayKit

MessageDisplayKit

A messages UI for iPhone and iPad,You can send txt, voice, image,video,emotion .etc messages. like WeChat App.

MIT licensed.

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ASProgressPopUpView

ASProgressPopUpView

A progress view showing percentage complete in an easy to customize animated popup view. If you supply an array of UIColors, the popup view will animate the color change as the progress bar updates.

MIT licensed.

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LPlaceholderTextView

LPlaceholderTextView

UITextView subclass with placeholder text

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UINavigationControllerWithCompletionBlock

UINavigationControllerWithCompletionBlock

The UINavigationController missing api!

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TWRCharts

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An iOS wrapper for ChartJS. Easily build animated charts by leveraging the power of native Obj-C code.

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MTZSplitViewController

MTZSplitViewController

Fixing API of UISplitViewController.

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NHLinearShadow

NHLinearShadow

You can add a near "Linear Shadow Color" choosing a color like [UIColor redColor] or you can use "Linear Shadow" based on a photo, this will find the average color and add a shadow.

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GBSlideOutToUnlockView

GBSlideOutToUnlockView

An "Inside-2-Outside Slide to Unlock" component for iOS

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TNSexyImageUploadProgress

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An easy image upload visualiser for Objective-C

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NSObject+CLFNotificationObserver

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A category on NSObject for creating NSNotification observers that handle the weakSelf/strongSelf dance for you.

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ARCarousel

ARCarousel

Create a Carousel with paging gesture by custom UICollectionView. Feature: - Paging - Reuse cell by UICollectionView reusable cell - Infinity loop for cell - Package and flexible using

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SANetworkTester

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Quick and Easy way to check for active network connection using Blocks or Delegate on iOS devices

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Marvelous

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AFSQLManager

AFSQLManager

SQL and SQLite database manage on iOS made easy. Create, open, rename and delete databases with AFSQLManager, a block-driven iOS SQL and SQLite manager class. Perform queries never has been that easy!

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NHLocalize

NHLocalize

NHLocalize helps you localize your apps through storyboards.

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BKPasscodeView

BKPasscodeView

iOS7 style passcode view - supports set password, change password and authenticate password. - customizable lock policy for too many failure attempts.

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DKUserMessageView

DKUserMessageView

Simple iOS User Message View with Optional Loading.

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LazyFadeInView

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AdjustFontSize-Xcode-Plugin

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