Wow! Desktop class performance indeed.
"It turns out that while the tech media spent most of 2013 complaining that Apple "wasn’t innovating," Apple was secretly developing its new Mac Pro supercomputer, perfecting its Authentech-based Touch ID technology that the industry has been flummoxed to copy, completing iOS 7 (while Google took a Kit Kat break with Android Key Lime Pie) and OS X Mavericks (while Microsoft fiddled as Windows 8 burned), while also bringing an entirely new 64-bit mobile architecture into production ahead of the world’s leading chip designers and foundries (which didn’t see a pressing need to move to 64-bit and lacked Apple’s experience in doing so), and, as nearly a side project, spending billions to build out a series of new iCloud data centers, and of course, Apple retail palaces like the new Stanford 2 store Cook drew attention to (below, from the inside) as well as the new Apple Campus 2 that takes the place of HP’s old Executive Briefing Center.
On top of all this, it was also financing the construction of a multibillion dollar new chip foundry with TSMC capable of producing advanced new 20nm components.”
"A mouse is a direct pointer that lets you touch any pixel you want," he says. "Why would you emulate that on a device where you can [already] touch any pixel you want? That’s the fundamental basis of the input on the iPad, that you can touch any pixel you want."
"In other words, word on the street in Washington is that it’s a shakedown, pure and simple. The smart move for Apple would be to just pay up, but that’s sad."
"A piece on political news site Politico suggests that Apple’s position of trying to remain aloof from political lobbying and defending lawsuits on principle rather than pragmatism may now be proving a luxury it can no longer afford."
I suspect the federal harassment of Apple is because they have refused to play ball for so long. Apple notoriously spends incredibly low amounts on lobbyists and political contributions, so they are targeted by the feds. Microsoft used to be the same before the antitrust trial, but they were broken after that.
I would not be surprised if it is true Google was one of the first onboard. They have always demonstrated a desire to get in bed with the feds. They are clearly fans of totalitarian government, fascist government-business relationships, and zero privacy.
I think any company would eventually buckle, but Apple probably resisted as long and as much as possible because Apple understands abusing customer privacy would damage its business model. Google’s business model is to give consumers “free” stuff, then sell the consumers’ data. To Google, the consumer is the product.
I once wrote an email to Tim Cook expressing some concerns about pricing of some eBooks on the iBooks Store. In general, I find iBooks to be a much better user experience. I was willing to pay a small premium for books for this superior user experience, but some books were much more expensive in the iBooks Store than in the Kindle Store. I made it clear I understood the prices were set by the publishers, not Apple, but expressed my desire for Apple to challenge the publishers to lower prices.
Shortly after I sent the email, I read this article, which changed my opinion. I later discovered Steve was trying to steer the publishers to restrain pricing to a reasonable, but profitable level, unlike Amazon which has been unprofitable the last three quarters. The federal government’s bizarre, political suit, prompted by Amazon and Google lobbyists, changed my opinion even more. I am now more willing than ever to support iBooks and the profitability of the free publishing industry, although I believe we need more small shops.
I think it is natural in a superficial, self-serving way for people to want everything to be cheap or free. I think that is one of the big problems with healthcare, particularly with people who tax the “free” system with trivial matters and those who do not pay their bills. We all live with the unintended consequences of such actions, and I don’t like where we are heading with a populace who are willing to give up freedom in return for cheap or free entertainment. I believe it is the modern equivalent of “bread and circuses”.