Weekly Mobile News Roundup – 7th June 2013

On June 7, 2013

  Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

Apple’s removal of built-in YouTube iOS app contributes to tripling of mobile ad sales – In an interview on Thursday, YouTube’s vice president of sales Lucas Watson disclosed that mobile ad sales have tripled over the past six months, suggesting the removal of Apple’s ad-free version formerly baked into iOS was a key factor in driving revenue.

Apple Retail’s New Machines for Calibrating Replacement iPhone 5 Displays – Earlier this week, we noted that Apple had begun in-store repairs of iPhone 5 displays, a $149 procedure that is part of an effort by Apple to revamp its AppleCare and warranty services.

WWDC 2013 preview – While Apple has already announced that it’ll be showing off the next versions of OS X and iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, there’s still more attention than usual on the company’s annual developer-focused event.

Apple bug report hints developers may receive near-final build of OS X 10.9 at WWDC – A curious filing in Apple’s bug reporting system includes a build number that suggests pre-release testing on OS X 10.9 has been much more extensive than with last year’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Apple Planning Its Own iPhone Trade-In Program, Bloomberg Reports – It’s no secret: When Apple gears up to launch new phones, Apple enthusiasts and even just those looking to upgrade head to third-party sites like Gazelle to sell their current iPhones.

Plex Releases Client for Non-Jailbroken Apple TVs – Plex, the advanced server-client media player, has released a new client for the Apple TV — however, unlike the existing ATV client, this one does not require the device to be jailbroken.

Apple files ‘iMoney’ patent for virtual currency, digital wallet, and … free stuff – Apple’s has applied for a patent on a combined virtual currency and digital wallet technology that would allow you to story money in the cloud, make payments with your iPhone, and — just maybe — communicate with point-of-sale terminals via NFC.

Apple Teases A ‘Whole New World’ Will Be Revealed Next Week – Apple is decorating the Moscone Center in San Francisco as it prepares to host WWDC, its big developer conference. We snapped a few photos.

Apple denies involvement in US government communication surveillance – Apple has told CNBC that it does not provide the US government with direct access to its servers, contradicting a Washington Post report that the company, among others, is knowingly participating in a secret program that is allowing the government to monitor the activity of US residents.

Adobe VP says Creative Cloud is ‘a big bet’, but allows for better tools in the future – Adobe’s move from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud offers a chance to overhaul its software in new and exciting ways, says VP Mala Sharma in an interview atAdobe’s Creative Days event in London—but it could leave the company damaged if customers aren’t won over.

Hulu Announces a Completely Redesigned iPad App – Last year, Hulu refreshed their website to put an emphasis on all the shows and programming you love to watch, removing much of the chrome that adorned video players and promotion carousels, and making thumbnails and artwork bigger for easier navigation. Hulu also implemented a new “Shows You Watch” feature for logged in users so you can quickly jump to your favorite show.

SimCity for Mac Delayed Again, This Time Until August – EA Maxis announced today that the release of the Mac version of its new SimCity game will be postponed until August, citing the need to make sure it’s “ready for prime time.”