Apple Daily Report: Apple presents its’ Best of 2018’ list (and more news)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Apple has presented its 2018 global top charts from its editors across apps, music, podcasts, books, TV, and movies.

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Seventy percent of eligible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices are running iOS 12, as measured by the App Store on Dec. 3. Apple shared the latest adoption figures on its App Store support page.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is experimenting with iPhone marketing strategies it rarely uses -- such as discount promotions via generous device buyback terms -- to help goose sales of its flagship product.  Company executives moved some marketing staff from other projects to work on bolstering sales of the latest handsets in October, about a month after the iPhone Xs went on sale and in the days around the launch of the iPhone Xr, the article adds, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the situation.”

Reuters reports that Apple’s biggest iPhone assembler, Foxconn, is considering setting up a factory in Vietnam to mitigate any impact of an ongoing trade war between the United States and China.

MacRumors notes that Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables should be available from select third-party accessory makers starting early next year. 

Bare Bones Software has announced the opening of a merchandise store as part of a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the commercial release of BBEdit. The store features an array of wearable items, including a limited-edition 25th anniversary BBEdit T-shirt, a re-issue of the popular classic "It Doesn't Suck" shirt, fleece and hoodie jackets, workout pants, and an enameled pin of the BBEdit icon.

Edward Burns (Public Morals) is set to star in and executive produce an episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories Apple anthology series, which has begun production in Atlanta, reports Deadline. Reimagining the anthology from Spielberg, Amazing Stories, from Universal TV and Amblin Television, “will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.”