FORTUNE -- I was lucky. As soon as they were available, I installed Apple's (AAPL) new software suites on all three of my workday computers -- iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air -- and have yet to come across a stumbling block serious enough to prevent me from doing my job.
Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig -- one of the most influential defenders of civil liberties on the Internet -- was not so lucky. In a note posted Friday on Lessig Blog, v.2 he reported that after he "stupidly" upgraded, every Apple-related product he depends on was "crippled in important ways."
Although he goes on to detail the headaches he's having -- starting with the way the Maverick's Mail app mishandles Google's (GOOG) Gmail (see Joe Kissell on what a pain that can be) -- that's not his point.
His point is that is that only Apple knows whether these changes are deliberate (i.e. permanent) or accidental (i.e. temporary), and the company -- in the Jobsian tradition of secrecy -- is not saying.
"In the 'hybrid economy' that the Internet is," Lessig writes, "there is an ethical obligation to treat users decently. 'Decency' of course is complex, and multi-faceted. But the single dimension I want to talk about here is this: [Apple] must learn to talk to us. In the face of the slew of either bugs or 'features' ... a decent company would at least acknowledge to the public the problems it identifies as problems, and indicate that they are working to fix it.
"Why is that what decency requires? And why, then, is the pathologically constipated way in which Apple communicates with its customers indecent?
"Because when you see the incredible effort that is being devoted to dealing with these either bugs or features, there is an obvious incredible waste of time and resources that Apple could avoid simply by saying what they know."
Lessig, to the consternation of many of his friends in the Free Software movement, is a loyal Apple user. He maintains two office Macs, uses a MacBook for presentations, carries an iPhone, and owns an Apple TV.
But after this latest round of software updates, he seems to have reached a breaking point.
"Apple deals with us in a psychologically pathological way," he writes, "and if that doesn't change, it's time to leave."
The fastest adoption rate on record of any operating system update.
FORTUNE -- According to the latest full day's report from Mixpanel's handy little widget, 71% of iOS device owners had upgraded to iOS 7 by Monday, 27 days after Apple (AAPL) released it.
Last year, it took 30 days of iOS 6 to reach a record 61% penetration.
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Stop the presses: iOS 7 can cause dizziness, vertigo, vomiting.
FORTUNE -- You knew there'd be something.
Last year it was the iPhone app that replaced Google Maps.
In 2010 it was the iPhone 4's external antenna.
In 2011 the headlines that followed the introduction of the iPhone 4S were dominated by Steve Jobs, who died the next day.
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This (fuzzy) table of worldwide release times appears to be accurate.
FORTUNE -- It's a good thing that not all of the nearly 700 million iOS devices that Apple (AAPL) has sold will be trying to connect to the company's servers at the same time today. But plenty will.
The first wave of early adopters could face a bumpy download.
And given the natural human resistance to change -- especially change as radical MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 18, 2013 11:00 AM ET
It would be the biggest iPhone deal ever, seven times larger than the one with Verizon.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) is preparing to ship its as-yet-unannounced mid-range iPhone to China Mobile (CHL), the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing unnamed sources "familiar with the matter."
If the two companies have indeed signed a contract -- something the Journal's sources could not confirm -- it would be the biggest carrier agreement Apple has MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 6, 2013 6:47 PM ET
Developers praise Apple's willingness to take their feedback to heart.
FORTUNE -- Can you see the difference between the two paragraphs of text above?
The top one is set in Helvetica Neue Light, the system font Apple (AAPL) chose for the beta version of iOS 7 released at its developers conference in June. It was widely criticized as too hard on the eyes.
The bottom paragraph is the system font in the beta MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 9, 2013 5:25 PM ET
"To avoid criticism," Aristotle wrote, "say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."
FORTUNE -- The critical reaction to Apple's (AAPL) WWDC keynote Monday reminds me of the classic Borowitz Report headline:
REPUBLICANS: OBAMA MUST TAKE ACTION IN SYRIA SO WE CAN CRITICIZE ACTION HE TOOK IN SYRIA
You might not know it from reading Techmeme or Business Insider, but the reaction to iOS 7 was not overwhelmingly hostile. In fact, according to Synthesio, which monitors social media, the iPhone's new MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 11, 2013 2:26 PM ET
Wall Street's initial reactions were measured but positive. More as they come in.
FORTUNE -- Analysts who follow Apple (AAPL) may have needed more time than usual to sort through their notes from Monday's over-stuffed WWDC keynote, because by 11 p.m. EST only a handful had filed notes to clients.
Excerpts below of the ones we've seen. New ones will go on top.
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A new look, new services and maybe new MacBooks at Apple's developers conference.
FORTUNE -- The annual gathering of Apple (AAPL) developers -- which sold out in less than 2 minutes when tickets went on sale in April -- kicks off Monday with CEO Tim Cook's keynote at 10:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST) in San Francisco's Moscone Center.
There is, as usual, much fevered speculation among the Apple bloggers about what MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 8, 2013 8:19 AM ET
As Apple prepares iOS 7, it could stand to learn a few things from Facebook Home.
FORTUNE -- Now we know: The Facebook Phone is neither a phone, nor an operating system. Instead, Zuckerberg unveiled a downloadable collection of apps, available April 12, that will be supported on select Android phones to start, including the $99 HTC First, the first device to come pre-loaded with it. Home, as the whole kit MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 5, 2013 6:42 AM ET
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