Congratulations Rovio on the successful launch of Angry Birds: Star Wars Edition. Maybe now you can take some of that time and money you clearly have (I mean you did secure licensing AND make a whole new game) and FINALLY FUCKING PROVIDE ICLOUD SUPPORT FOR YOUR GODDAMNED GAMES. Unacceptable.
The main reason why I strictly posted from my MacBook Pro was that the old version was horrible. I would lose drafts, the app would crash, it was slow as hell. This is nice and smooooooooth. Now if only they would update the app and make it universal… I guess Rome wasn’t built in a day either.
It only buys you a 16GB Surface. $100 more than the iPad.
I wonder how long it will take to perform a software update for the OS on this thing? Are they going to be delta updates? I hope so.
“We’ve done tons of user testing on this, and it turns out it doesn’t work.”
I feel like Steve Jobs was right and wrong about this at the same time. If touch functionality is added to a computer that uses an OS like OS X or Windows Desktop Mode, then it is completely useless and shouldn’t even be considered. But I feel like as much as I see Microsoft making a mistake making their Tabtop (I’m calling it here first) basically a touch screen laptop with a detachable keyboard, I think their implementation of it with the touch screen optimized OS makes it at least a little bit respectable. An OS not only built for touch, but also geared toward observing instead of utilization will be alright. But an OS that utilizes a pointer and commands constant input not just from a keyboard (like OS X and Windows Desktop) shouldn’t ever waste its time using touch screen.
Steve Jobs +1 point on not wasting time on a touch screen for an OS not optimized for touch.
Steve Jobs ±0 points for thinking about it in an ergonomic perspective and not a utilization perspective.
Steve Jobs -1 point for claiming it’s stupid and then selling customers a keyboard dock for the iPad essentially turn it into a Tabtop as well.
Who between Wired and CNN allowed the article to even become posted?
My only post while battened down. Goodbye skeumorphism. You will NOT be missed. One thought regarding the apology letter Forstall declined to sign. Everyone was so amazed that Tim Cook would suggest and even directly link to other alternative mapping solutions during the maps debacle. It seemed like he was admitting fault and taking a monstrous hit letting users go elsewhere for mapping. But let’s not forget some key facts. Apple gives Maps away for free so there are no sales lost from sending people elsewhere. Maps also can’t be removed from the iPhone. It is ALWAYS there for people to rediscover, retry, and relike. Now here are the two big facts. Apple gets a cut of app sales… AND in-app purchases. Apple made money off of people being upset and going elsewhere. I’m sure that if the mapping issue was as big of a deal to customers as the lovely media would have you believe, and those suggested apps were purchased by the boat loads, then that money Apple made off of upset customers wasn’t chump change. I don’t know if you noticed, but a lot of those mapping apps are $20-$50 and those apps that are free have to be unlocked with a similarly priced IAP. Where was the loss for Apple? Financialy this might have actually been a huge success for Apple. Good thing Forstall didn’t sign that letter. No need to give a bandit extra rounds when the posse is out trying to kill him.
Stay safe East Coasters. I’m out here with you.
With iOS 5 came the change of the iPod app from the beautiful orange and white iPod icon called iPod to the ugly burnt orange and brown (burgundy) music note icon called Music. Why would Apple do this? I feel like Apple should change it back. With the iPod line slowly (I’ll admit slower than most thought it would) fading away and heading to the background of Apple’s line up, they should remind people of what got them to this point to begin with. Steve Jobs got up on stage in 2007 and said “An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator,” and I see the Phone app on my iPhone, I see internet communication tools (Mail, Safari, Weather, etc.), but where the hell is ANY iPod reference. I understand that you want cohesion between iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad and you don’t want to have an iPod icon on an iPod, but Apple already does things that differentiates the products. Why not allow the iPad and iPhone to have the iPod app and the iPod to have all the sorted media icons. Just a little nit-picky thought.
This is my last post for the day. In all seriousness, if you are anywhere near the East Coast like I am (no worries, I’m definitely far enough away) please, please, PLEASE be safe. If you have relatives closer inland then don’t risk it and get out there and stay with them. It’s better to take a precaution and be wrong than to do nothing and perish. Nature doesn’t fuck around. Be safe East Coasters.
I know everyone has heard about this, but did anyone honestly expect Apple to sincerely apologize? I mean really. If anything this was just an exceptionally fortunate marketing opportunity for Apple. I almost wonder if the judge the ruled on this was actually an Apple fan and knew he was actually screwing Samsung. I wonder if the judge was ever screwed by Seagate…
Maybe they should have taken a hit on the price like Amazon to get somewhere.