Thu, Jun 14, 2012
Mark Lee, Bloomberg
Baidu Inc. said Apple Inc. will be entitled to a share of advertising sales after the Chinese company’s search-engine was added as part of a software upgrade for iPhones in China.
The revenue-sharing agreement with Apple follows similar accords between Baidu and manufacturers of handsets that use Google Inc.’s Android operating system, Wang Jing, vice president at Beijing-based Baidu, said in a phone interview today. He declined to disclose the commercial terms.
Tim Stevens, Engadget
This is a laptop that stands poised to kill an existing one, one that Apple has dominated. The new Pro is good enough to make the old Pro (even the updated version) look and feel obsolete. It pushes and redefines the category, raising the bar higher than even its brethren can jump. If you can afford the premium and aren't set on a 13-inch model there's no reason to buy any Pro other than this Pro.
Peter Svensson, Associated Press
It’s not easy to describe in print, but a look at the screen tells the whole story. It’s like putting on glasses and realizing you’re near-sighted. Much like the screen on the latest iPad, the new display makes all other screens look dull and fuzzy.
Amy Chozick, New York Times
Time Inc., once the magazine industry’s most ardent opponent of selling subscriptions through Apple, will make all of its magazines available via Apple’s newsstand, the two companies said Wednesday.
The move is a significant shift for Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States. Even as competitors like Condé Nast and Hearst quickly struck deals to sell subscriptions through Apple, Time Inc. approached the Apple newsstand with caution, chafing at some of the restrictions Apple wanted to impose.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review
John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine
None of this is Apple's fault. It is just trending ahead of the curve. We're all doomed to be dependent slaves doing what we are told by the Geniuses and Gurus.
David Pogue, New York Times
The new Apple laptop that went on sale Monday hits an impressive number of those high notes in one radical swoop. As you might guess, the one it misses by the biggest margin is “inexpensive.”
Austin Carr, Fast Company
At WWDC, Forstall promised that "a number of auto manufacturers have already committed to delivering eyes-free Siri integration in the next 12 months." Yet of all of the automakers that Apple featured (Mercedes, BMW, GM, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda), just a few could confirm they were indeed working on delivering the technology within that timeframe. One automaker even seemed unaware that Apple had held an announcement.
Apple is doubling down on secrecy.
Harry McCracken, Time
When I sat down to review Apple’s new Retina-display MacBook Pro, I instinctively wanted to compare it to similar Windows laptops. I wanted to discuss how the specs stacked up and whether the price seemed fair. I hoped to contrast its industrial design with those of its closest counterparts.
Then it dawned on me: There are no similar Windows laptops.
Rather than comparing by spec sheet, how about comparing them by what you can do with them, and how efficient and enjoyable to do them?
Edward C. Baig, USA Today
Not everyone needs or can afford the new MacBook Pro. But I wouldn't blame anybody who fancies one.
Peter Burrows, Bloomberg
More important than the new MacBook Pro with retina display was the slew of mostly common-sense improvements to its underlying software that Apple hopes will make its products easier to use and more helpful. Taken together, they solidify what may be Apple’s biggest advantage: the user experience of its overall platform.
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica
Apple may be stepping up its efforts to push out Java updates faster, even though Oracle has largely swooped in to take care of Mac users by issuing security fixes. The two companies released simultaneous Java updates for 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard on Tuesday, signaling that the two-month delay associated with the spread of Flashback malware could be a thing of the past.
Ken Segall's Observatory
It’s possible that Apple gets a break here because WWDC is an event for software developers, and isn’t the usual place to unveil the big revolutions. It’s also possible that the majority of those covering Apple actually do get it now.
Peter Cohen, The Loop
This is a really big deal for gamers, because for the first time in Apple’s history, the company is providing its users with a social networking framework for games.
Sam Biddle, Gizmodo
Apple actually modified the app so that it'll detect the phone's slight shifting of position and create an artificial gleam on a virtual knob meant to replicate a design feature from the 70s. Functional? Nope. Entirely superfluous? Yep. Impressive? Yep again, if only for its lunacy.
This feature will not work on the 3GS, right? :)
Dan Frakes, Macworld
Like OS X itself, iTunes has a good number of hidden settings that affect how the program works and what options are available to you—some of them letting you revert to the behavior and appearance of older versions of iTunes.
Lex Friedman, Macworld
The first thing I noticed was how much lighter it felt than the 15″ MacBook Pro I bought last year. I have plenty of experience toting that thing around the house and it truly feels like what my MacBook would weigh if it had no screen.
And as one who is spoilt by the lightness of the MacBook Air 11", I can't wait for this screen to be cheap enough for a really smaller and lighter laptop.