Hey, WWDC is happening (our live blog is here) and we are beginning our list of things that Apple has invented in the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. If you didn’t catch the sarcasm in that line, what I really mean is, a list of features that have been on Android for years that Apple is just now getting to.
First up, QuickType, a feature added to Apple’s keyboard. What does QuickType do? It predicts what you want to type by showing you suggestions. Think Swiftkey, Google Keyboard, Swype, and every other keyboard introduced on Android since, I don’t know, 2011?
More reinventions on the way. (more…)
Want your first fighting words out of today’s WWDC event? Tim Cook just dropped some of the dirtiest in years, essentially claiming that your life sucks if you own an Android device.
When talking about the 130 million customers of theirs that purchased their first Apple devices this year, Cook brought up the fact that many (no specific number) came over from Android. Of course, he couldn’t just say that they came over from Android, he had to say that they made a mistake by purchasing an “inferior” device initially, and sought a “better life,” so they came to Apple. (more…)
Today, is WWDC day. In other words, all of tech stops to watch and see what Apple has reinvented to make the world a better place. This is the kick-off to Apple’s developer conference, which typically means we will see big updates to iOS and OSX. There may be new hardware involved, but this week is often reserved for the software side of things.
As Apple announces new features and versions of their operating systems, Android fans will sit back with a smirk and say things like, “We have been doing that on Android forever – how is that new?” or “Welcome to 2010, Apple fans.” Apple fans will respond back with, “But Apple did it better!” It’s a silly time, really, but one that we love to participate in. After all, the competition between Apple and Android hasn’t really slowed over the years. Tech fans are an opinionated bunch who like to take sides. (more…)
Hey, look, Apple finally decided to announce that it is buying Beats. The cost of the acquisition will run Apple $3 billion, a price that includes a purchase price of $2.6 billion plus another $400 million that will vest over time. Apple is buying both Beats Music and Beats Electronics.
This acquisition was first rumored back on May 8, so we aren’t exactly sure why it took Apple so long to announce it. Some think the delay was due to Dr. Dre’s YouTube celebration, where he spouted out drunkenly that he was “The first billionaire in Hip-Hop, right here from the motherf***in’ West Coast, believe it.” Either way, it’s all official now. (more…)
This year’s report of the 100 most valuable brands on the planet has a shake up on the top of the list. Apple’s brand worth, according to the Millward Brown BrandZ report has fallen 20 percent from last year’s ranking and allowed Google to step into the number one spot. (more…)
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google and Apple have decided to drop all lawsuits between each other and instead work toward “some areas of patent reform.” The lawsuits that have been called off are actually between Motorola and Apple, but since Google still technically owns Motorola until the proposed Lenovo deal is finalized, this was their problem to deal with. (more…)
According to a report out of Financial Times, Apple is currently negotiating a purchase of Beats Electronics to the tune of $3.2 billion. The deal could be made official as soon as next week, but from what sources state, a few terms have yet to be ironed out. If the deal does go through, for the $3.2 billion, it would be Apple’s largest acquisition to date. (more…)