It's not entirely clear what they're teaching people over in North Korea, but it certainly isn't innovation. ComputerWorld managed to get a hold of screenshots of the third version of the secretive communist country's homemade Linux-based operating system, and almost any Mac|Life reader should be able to spot some key resemblances right off the bat. Indeed, it looks like nothing so much as Mac OS X.
You may not have noticed it with everything else going on Tuesday, but Apple quietly put OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 out to pasture, at least from the Mac App Store -- but those who need it can still purchase it directly from Apple's website.
iOS 7 was considerably different than the versions of Apple's mobile OS that came before it, and the days following the announcement were filled with complaints from adopters who wanted to revert to good ol' iOS 6. As it turns out, however, a new report from Mixpanel (via 9to5 Mac) suggests those iPhone users are in a small minority.
Much of the news from the Applesphere over the past year has centered on doom and gloom influenced by the perceived lack of innovation at Apple and the meteoric rise of Samsung's Android-powered devices, but a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Papers shows that things aren't quite so bad as some critics make them out to be. According to the firm's recent findings (as reported by MacRumors), Apple gains more users from rival operating systems than it loses customers to them.
There seems to be some confusion over the timing of the announcement, but it appears that Korean consumer electronics maker LG has acquired webOS from HP and plans to use it to power the company's HDTV sets.
Remember BlackBerry 10? Although the revamped mobile platform has become more notable for its delays than innovation, it seems Research in Motion will finally be letting the cat out of the bag in January.
Maybe Microsoft is finally learning a little something from Apple in the form of fewer versions of its Windows operating system. With the forthcoming Windows 8, the company is showing restraint with only three versions, and one of them is exclusively for ARM processors.
Remember Windows Vista? Sorry, didn’t want to raise anyone’s blood pressure bringing up that old nightmare again. While most everyone we know has happily moved on to the vastly superior Windows 7, Microsoft is letting users of Vista and XP that the clock is ticking on their old-school OS.
While Apple is making it clear that Mac OS X and iOS are separate beasts for different platforms (at least for right now), Microsoft continues its efforts to shoehorn Windows onto the tablet by simply making a new version that also works well on the desktop, with a big nod toward their own Windows Phone 7 smartphone platform.