And other stories we missed while we were busy chasing down Apple analysts
It was an unusually busy week for Apple (AAPL), which released two new computers and a major overhaul of its flagship operating system the day after it reported earning that have more than doubled in a year. We covered the earnings and the subsequent pop in the stock price. Here are some of the stories we missed:
A pride of Lions. Apple announced Thursday that more than 1 million copies of OS X Lion were purchased and downloaded the day of its release. By comparison, the company sold two million copies of Snow Leopard in a weekend of sales two years ago. "Lion is off to a great start, user reviews and industry reaction have been fantastic," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing and a master of the anodyne quote. "Lion is a huge step forward, it's not only packed with innovative features but it's incredibly easy for users to update their Macs to the best OS we've ever made."
Fake Apple Stores. The press loved the story of the retail outlets in southwestern China that passed themselves off as official Apple Stores, down to the style (if not the spelling) of the signage, perhaps because it played into the country's reputation for shameless disregard of western intellectual property rights. There was some question about whether the staff knew the stores were fake. The products, however, were real, as were the prices.
Will Apple buy Hulu? That's the rumor, based on a Bloomberg report that the company "is considering making a bid." Apple TV could certainly use the content that Hulu's owners -- Disney (DIS), News Corp. (NWS) and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC -- is reportedly offering on an exclusive 2-year basis. And it can certainly afford the $2 billion price that's being bandied about. But All Things D's Peter Kafka tells us Friday not to hold our breath. Hulu's free, ad-supported business model, he points out, is pretty alien to Steve Jobs' way of doing things. Kafka runs down the list of possible buyers, from Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) to Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), and suggests that Yahoo (YHOO) might be the best fit.
Grand Central redux. Rumors that Apple was going to build the world's largest Apple Store in New York City's Grand Central Terminal were shot down pretty quickly when it was determined that there wasn't room in the landmark building for a store that big. But New York Times reported this week Apple did submit a bid -- in "linen-lined boxes" -- for a more modest expanse of retail space on the balcony overlooking the station's main hall. According to the Times, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is likely to approve the request, perhaps as early as next week.
Daring Fireball, with feedback. John Gruber, the dean of Apple bloggers, has long been dismissive of reader feedback. From the day it launched in August 2002, his Daring Fireball website did not allowed for unsolicited comments -- until this week. We tried to ask Gruber why, after nearly nine years, he changed his mind, but he was still sleeping. [UPDATE: Yikes! I should have waited until John woke up. The comment stream is a Safari plug-in, not a Gruber-authorized feature. I installed it so long ago that I had forgotten, and was fooled when I switched this week from Firefox to Lion-ready Safari.]
Siracusa's book-length review. John Siracusa, a long-time Ars Technica contributor whose reviews of Apple's operating systems are legendary -- and lengthy -- outdid himself this time. His 27,000 word opus, which appeared the day Lion came out, is now available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book. A sample:
"Let's put aside the pessimistic prognostication for now and consider Lion as a product, not a portent. Apple pegs Lion at 250+ new features, which doesn't quite match the 300 touted for Leopard, but I guess it all depends on what you consider a "feature" (and what that "+" is supposed to mean). Still, this is the most significant release of Mac OS X in many years—perhaps the most significant release ever. Though the number of new APIs introduced in Lion may fall short of the landmark Tiger and Leopard releases, the most important changes in Lion are radical accelerations of past trends. Apple appears tired of dragging people kicking and screaming into the future; with Lion, it has simply decided to leave without us."
Don't buy Apple's new operating system until you find a new home for your financial data
Apple doesn't tell you this, so we will.
With OS X Lion, the new operating system for Macs released Wednesday, Apple (AAPL) has just cut a significant tie to its past -- namely legacy programs like Intuit's (INTU) Quicken that were written for the old PowerPC.
As John Siracusa points out in his definitive and thoroughly entertaining MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 20, 2011 11:34 AM ET
Having let the Mac version languish, Intuit prepares for the death of its flagship product
My first three entries in Quicken, dated Sept. 8, 1997, were a $17.31 payment to Bell Atlantic (remember them?) marked "Philip's modem" (remember those?) and $15 for my annual subscription to the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link in Sausalito, Calif., which for many years was my only conduit onto the Internet.
I've been a loyal user of Intuit's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 8, 2011 12:25 PM ET
Apple's video calling app, now on the Mac, is poised for exponential growth, says an analyst
"We believe Apple is acutely aware of the power of networks (Metcalf's Law), and is applying this concept to accelerate adoption of its platform."
So writes Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore in a note issued Thursday, the day after Apple's (AAPL) Back to the Mac event.
Whitmore is talking about FaceTime, the video calling feature that first appeared MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 21, 2010 8:20 AM ET
In this episode of Techmate, Jon and Michael compare Apple's (AAPL) closed-system strategy to Google's (GOOG) more open approach.Mason Cohn, Producer - Mar 31, 2010 1:04 PM ET
Microsoft moved a lot of install disks, but hardware makers got a bigger bump two years ago
When Microsoft (MSFT) launches a new operating system, as it did two weeks ago, PC manufacturers like Hewlett Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Acer are supposed to reap the benefits. And everything seemed to be in place on Thursday Oct. 22 for that to happen.
"Never before has the industry launched such a variety of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 6, 2009 6:37 AM ET
As of 8 a.m., there was no queue of eager customers lining up outside Apple's (AAPL) flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan to buy the sixth major update of the Macintosh operating system, Snow Leopard, which went on sale Friday morning.
The relatively low-key launch was in striking contrast to the Oct. 26, 2007 unveiling of its predecessor, Leopard, which drew crowds that began at the store's big glass cube and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 28, 2009 9:03 AM ET
Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the sixth major upgrade of Apple's (AAPL) flagship operating system, is scheduled for release Friday, and the reviews hit the stands -- and the blogs -- overnight.
How many ways can you say "the important changes are under the hood"?
Read on.Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 27, 2009 7:05 AM ET
One day before the scheduled launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard -- the latest update of Apple's (AAPL) flagship operating system -- developers are still scrambling to make sure their applications will work with the new version.
Of the Macintosh apps than have been tested on the gold master of OS X v.10.6 as of Wednesday morning, more than 60 either don't work or have major problems, according to snowleopard.wikidot.com, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 26, 2009 7:32 AM ET
After a hiatus of three and a half months without a new TV ad, Apple (AAPL) broke out a pair of fresh "Get a Mac" spots Monday night to soften the ground for the next operating system war with Microsoft (MSFT).
Earlier that day, Apple had announced that it was shipping the newest version of its flagship Macintosh OS -- Snow Leopard -- on Friday, nearly two months before the scheduled MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 25, 2009 7:22 AM ET
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