iPad Air. In 2008, I was calling it the “iPod Air” — Is Apple’s Tablet The iPod Air? Off by one single letter. And a few years. Ha!
I think Gruber was the first to combine iPad with Air, in this post about the Mini.
iBooks is now built into the iPads:
I think it has to be, now that OS X Mavericks will also have it. That changes the eBook game for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and others.
The PDF of Judge Cote’s ruling [direct PDF link] is filled with comedy gold. You really couldn’t make this stuff up.
1) They let Eddy Cue set the deadline
2) They bought Cue’s “once-in-a-lifetime” schtick
3) They let Apple set price caps
4) They let Apple back them into a corner with MFN
5) They all wound up collapsing like cards and settling
Did any of them ever stop to think?
They fought to the end.
I really thought they would settle.
Will they appeal?
Eleven months ago — in Apple’s Awful Non-Apple TV Ads — I wrote:
And seriously, Martin Scorsese? How many people would recognize him? I bet most young people looking at that ad wondered why Apple was showing some grandfather using his iPhone.
And now this vindication:
Apple started to run ads that showed Zooey Deschanel, Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich, and Martin Scorsese demonstrating Siri. These ads have featured celebrities who have no profound connection with the teenage market because they did not demonstrate any of the ways that teenagers actually use their phones.
More significantly, teenagers did not connect with these celebrities, who seem to reach an older and perhaps less technologically sophisticated audience. None of my friends connected with the characters in the ads.
From: Why this 14-year-old Apple fanboy switched to Android [Update: Link fixed.]
And no, Apple fanboiz, you don’t get to say he was “brainwashed” by Samsung. That’s the same charge leveled against all of you.
Well, Apple should.
Dig it: With zero marketing done outside of China, the Chuwi V88 is known internationally. See the sidebar at the right of this blog for Top Posts — the Chuwi V88 has been dominating that. While Apple has spent millions pimping the iPad Mini, Chuwi has spent just about nothing. Apple probably spends more on cafeteria food in a week than Chuwi has in advertising and marketing.
The Chuwi V88 has 1GB of RAM compared to the iPad Mini’s 512MB. There’s also a 2GB model. It also has a miniHDMI port, microUSB, and microSD card slot. For less than US$200.
That is competition.
If “trade dress” issues didn’t prevent from it being sold everywhere, the iPad Mini would be in serious trouble, judging from how Android phones are doing.
And today, two pieces of a puzzle snapped together.
Penguin pays $75 million to settle US eBook price-fixing case ahead of Apple’s June trial
The Attorney General also confirmed the settlement earlier today, noting that the investigations and resulting litigation has recovered in the region of $164 million so far.
Boldfaced emphasis added be me.
One hundred and sixty-four million dollars.
I wonder if that even wipes out the collusive profits they made?
Apple thinks it’s invincible.
But it will fall next.
U.S. Now Paints Apple as ‘Ringmaster’ in Its Lawsuit on E-Book Price-Fixing
In July 2010, Mr. Jobs, Apple’s former chief executive, told the chief executive of Random House, Markus Dohle, that the publisher would suffer a loss of support from Apple if it held out much longer, according to an account of the conversation provided by Mr. Dohle in the filing. Two months later, Apple threatened to block an e-book application by Random House from appearing in Apple’s App Store because it had not agreed to a deal with Apple, the filing said.
After Random House finally agreed to a contract on Jan. 18, 2011, Eddy Cue, the Apple executive in charge of its e-books deals, sent an e-mail to Mr. Jobs attributing the publisher’s capitulation, in part, to “the fact that I prevented an app from Random House from going live in the app store,” the filing reads.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
That smoking gun email from Eddy Cue is extortion.
If we had an awake, aware, and active prosecutor, Apple would be prosecuted under the RICO Act.
Don’t bother with your techno-LOLbertarian fanboi whining in Comments about how “it’s Apple’s store.” You don’t know shit about the real world.
iOS 6.1.3 Update Kills Evasi0n iOS 6 Jailbreak
While we had heard that Apple was going to be plugging up the exploits used by the iOS 6.1 jailbreak, created by the Evadr3s jailbreak team, today’s release confirms the bad news. Apple has confirmed the bad news, even giving credit to the Evadr3s team for four of the six exploits that were patched up with the update.
Apple and Twitter
There is no way in hell Apple should buy Twitter. I feel so strongly about that, that I boldfaced it in red. Apple doesn’t like freedom of expression. They don’t know how to handle it (hint: leave it alone!). We’ve already seen over and over and over again how they bungle books. They don’t even allow people freedom in email. Can you imagine how they’d destroy Twitter by basically turning it in Disney Instant Messaging? The first social network for tots. The list of banned words would be epic. Not even “poopy” would get through.