iOS and Android: Quantitative and qualitative analysis
I think we’ve had the biggest answer for a long time: in the combined phone and tablet markets, while Android devices outnumber iOS devices, more iOS devices (possibly by a very wide margin) are used actively as multipurpose computers.
Google Maps may have increased iOS 6 adoption by 29%
Apple Maps was so bad that people refused to upgrade to iOS 6 until they could get Google Maps, says data from massive mobile ad exchange MoPub. The 12,000 apps it supports saw a 29 percent increase in unique iOS 6 users in the five days after Google Maps for iOS was released. Chitika reported just 0.2 percent growth immediately after the launch but it seems people waited for the weekend to do the long install.
A tablet with a better retina display?
I decided to write this post after having too many heated discussions with many users across many blogs. After hearing repeatedly; “The iPad will have a better display” or “It sucks because it’s not Retina” I figured it was time to break the argument down and dispel the “Retina” myth.
(via Thom Holwerda)
Apple’s motivation for suing Samsung
Jim Dalrymple with an extremely insightful theory on why Apple would go after Samsung, while, in the process, exposing proprietary design information:
I believe that Apple’s future products are going to change the industry so much, Apple has to put a stop to Samsung now.
Apple removes the default YouTube app in iOS 6
Good riddance. Site-specific apps have no business being preinstalled on the iPhone. YouTube made sense back when people were still finding their way around the device, but now, people who want it will easily find it in the App Store. Everyone else can delete one more app they never use.
Apple obviously did away with Google Maps in iOS 6, but another of the web giant’s biggest properties won’t be available as a default option, either. 9to5Mac noticed that the latest beta version of iOS 6 no longer includes the long-standard YouTube app, and Apple just told us that its license to include YouTube in iOS had expired. If you’re a heavy YouTube user, fear not — Apple also confirmed that YouTube will work in Safari and also noted that Google is making a new YouTube app that will be available in the App Store.
Is Gizmodo overhyping the Surface out of spite?
M.G. Siegler probably goes a little far, but it’s a very interesting perspective. Can’t wait for the Gizmodo response.
You remember Gizmodo, right? Last we heard from them, they were being investigated by authorities for their role in buying a missing prototype of the iPhone 4.
After that happened, right or wrong, Apple severed ties with Gizmodo. Gizmodo was blackballed.
And since that happened, the publication has gone out of its way to say negative things about Apple — again, the most successful company in the world — because, well, what choice do they have?
Refuting the arguments against the MacBook Pro Retina
I don’t love her arguments about the lack of upgradability (it may be worth it, but it’s still worth registering our disapproval), but her points about the uniqueness are spot on. Christina Warren:
That doesn’t change the fact that to my knowledge, there is no other “Ultrabook-sized” quad-core i7 on the marketplace. Dual-core, sure. Quad-core? No. That’s a big jump. That’s a big deal. And maxing out at 16GB of RAM is equally impressive. As is the discrete onboard video card.
On a desktop-replacement, that might be par for the course – but in something that still weighs under 5 lbs and as almost as thin as a MacBook Air, that’s game changing.
It’s as powerful as my 27" iMac, but in a package the fraction of the size. With a screen that has better resolution.
So yeah, aside from the form factor and the screen, it’s not that great. Of course, the display and the form-factor are – to me – EVERYTHING.
(via Ben Brooks)