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Apple on Tuesday released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, and many design tweaks were quickly identified. With the major changes brought by iOS 7, it appears that Apple is still refining the look and feel of its new mobile platform, although sources suggest the final build won't launch until March.
The Enhanced Edition of the classic and popular Baldur's Gate II will hit iOS very soon, according to a tweet from the game's developer. The updated version of the BioWare RPG launched on OS X and Windows in November, and promises to bring updated graphics and new content to iPad gamers everywhere.
Apple will hold its Q1 2014 earnings call on Monday, January 27th at 5:00 PM EST. Apple's guidance for the quarter offered during the Q4 2013 report has many expecting record-setting numbers, with revenue estimates of $55 to $58 billion and gross margins of between 36.5 and 37.5 percent.
Apple announced Tuesday that its App Store had both a record-breaking year and a record-breaking month. Customers spent more than $10 billion on apps during 2013, including over $1 billion in December alone. Apple has now paid out over $15 billion in revenue to developers since the store's launch in 2008.
Apple fans love interesting and unique designs, and audio firm ClearView just announced a product at CES that may be worth checking out. The Clio Bluetooth Speaker features a curved glass transducer that pushes sound from all sides while easily blending in to most environments. It ships in March for $329.
Corning on Monday unveiled a new antimicrobial variant of its popular Gorilla Glass product. Aimed at touch screen devices, the new glass features ionic silver, which actively works to kill bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi, and reportedly lasts throughout the life of the device. Corning is aiming to bring the product to the broader smartphone and tablet market soon.
Apple fans have been scratching their heads for over a year over the company's stock price. Although it regained ground in 2013, Wall Street has previously punished the company despite industry-leading numbers. Now, a Fortune reader has provided a set of handy charts that Apple supporters can point to when explaining their frustration.
Digital music sales declined in 2013 for the first time since Apple's iTunes Music Store changed the industry in 2003. Sales of individual tracks fell about 5.7 percent, while digital albums dropped only about 0.1 percent. Industry executives attribute the decline to the continued rise in streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify.
Gaming on iOS may be on the verge of a breakthrough in 2014. While touch-based games are great, some prefer the old-school style of a physical controller, and the new SteelSeries Stratus iOS 7 game controller may be just what fans of shooters and open-world games are looking for.
Apple's 12 Days of Gifts promotion wraps up today. Available this year for the first time in the United States, the promo featured free music, books, TV episodes, movies, and apps, with the highlight being Day 5's inclusion of Hugo. Those looking for one more freebie this year can check out Day 12's live EP from the Rolling Stones.