Steve Jobs, the chief executive officer of Apple, got a standing ovation as he took the stage at Apple’s media event in San Francisco today. He immediately mentioned that he had a liver transplant over the summer and now had the liver of a 20-something-year-old who died in a car crash. Looking gaunt but not frail in his signature black shirt and jeans, he said he was grateful to be there.
His big announcement is that Apple will now include a Genius feature for the iPhone.
The Genius feature on iTunes will examine your song library and group similar songs together in playlists, automatically generated. It will also recommend songs for you to buy, based on your tastes. Now Apple will do the same with the iPhone, grouping similar apps together and recommending apps for you to buy. That’s going to help all of the apps that get lost in the App Store and could be a real boon for iPhone app developers.
Jobs also mentioned that Apple has now sold 30 million iPhones and there are now 75,000 apps on the App Store. Users have downloaded more than 1.8 billion apps, not counting updates. Apple is now launching a 3.1 bug fix version of the iPhone software.
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