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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mountain Lion   —  “We're starting to do some things differently,” Phil Schiller said to me.  —  We were sitting in a comfortable hotel suite in Manhattan just over a week ago.  I'd been summoned a few days earlier by Apple PR with the offer of a private “product briefing”.
Feb 16, 2012, 8:45 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Walter Isaacson's ‘Steve Jobs’   —  What is Apple at heart: a software company, or hardware company?  —  This is a perennial question.  The truth, of course, is that Apple is neither.  Apple is an experience company.  That they create both hardware and software is part of creating the entire product experience.
Feb 15, 2012, 1:55 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
New High-DPI UI Resources in 10.7.3   —  Have you noticed that Safari's hovering-over-a-link pointing-finger cursor looks a little different in Mac OS X 10.7.3?  It's not just that the finger is at a slightly different angle — it's a new UI resource that scales gracefully to larger sizes.
Feb 6, 2012, 8:00 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Too Soon   —  Seth Weintraub: We received word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is now gearing for production.  No it's not.  No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S.  Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
Jan 25, 2012, 6:10 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
I'ma Set It Straight, This Watergate   —  Ed Bott, “How Apple Is Sabotaging an Open Standard for Digital Books”: … I agree with Bott that Apple is being competitive here, but disagree that it's an example of embrace/extend/extinguish.  Put another way, over the weekend Bott called the iBooks Author EULA …
Jan 24, 2012, 1:55 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On the Proprietary Nature of the iBooks Author File Format   —  Daniel Glazman, co-chairman of the W3C CSS Working Group, has a detailed technical analysis of the iBooks Author file format: … He thinks these nonstandard extensions are a strategic mistake on Apple's part:
Jan 21, 2012, 1:55 AMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Scope of Apple's Education Initiative   —  Philip Elmer-DeWitt, in a piece headlined “Apple's Education Event Is Getting Seriously Over-Hyped”: … I don't get the logic here.  What about Apple's success in the music industry does Apple regret?
Jan 18, 2012, 3:55 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Are Android Smartphones Bigger Than the iPhone?   —  Interesting theory from Jin Kim: … Kim makes a good case that an Android phone with a 3.5-inch display and 300+ pixels per inch resolution would reduce on-screen tap targets (like buttons) and text to an uncomfortably small size.
Jan 17, 2012, 7:35 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Church of Market Share   —  Brian Deagon's (previously-linked) pessimistic Apple predictions for 2012: … The Macalope responds: … It was clumsily worded, but I think I understand what Deagon was getting at.  He's not talking about iOS itself, he's talking about the App Store …
Jan 9, 2012, 8:50 PMIn context
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Spaghetti Against the Wall   —  Jun Yang, reporting for Bloomberg on Samsung's quarterly results: … So Jony Ive leads the design team at the two most-profitable phone makers.  Impressive. … In what regard can Apple be considered behind Samsung, other than unit sales …
Jan 6, 2012, 4:15 PMIn context

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