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My pet peeve (and really only complaint about the iPad mini, aside from the price) is how the mini renders iPhone apps.   On the retina iPads, when an iPhone app is opened in x2 mode (that is, when you tap the "x2" to make it basically fill the screen rather than being just a tiny app with a huge border), it takes advantage of the retina-level graphics and font rendering so it looks pretty good.  It you look closely, you see that it's showing a pixel-doubled version...
  Because doubling pixels is easy and looks fine.  Non-integer interpolation doesn't look as good.     Fonts are defined in terms of curves using mathematical formula, so they can be scaled very well.  That's not how (for the most part) icons and UI elements are defined.   Assuming you're on a MacBook or have a Magic Trackpad, do the pinch-to-zoom on this page,  You'll immediately see what elements are vector based (and therefore scale well and always look sharp) and...
Five different splash screens: iPhone/iPod touch iPhone/iPod touch retina* iPhone 5* iPad iPad retina*   Also need to submit different screen shots to the App Store for each of the *ed ones.   These provide an optimal user experience, but are a pain for developers.  Apple did developers a big favor by NOT creating any new requirements for the iPad mini.  
  Talk to an app developer before you make a bunch of assumptions about how things work.  For text-based apps (and, admittedly there are lots of those) the OS could scale the app nicely just like you assume.  The same is true for apps that just use vector graphics.  But every custom button, icon, or graphic that's included in an iOS app today (unless the developer doesn't bother and doesn't care) has two versions.  The developer has to produce a non-retina image and one...
three-door compared to two-door/tudor.  har har.
I think people too often lump a bunch of extra nonsense into the (overused) concept of skeuomorphism.  For example, people if you compromise the functionality of an app by slavishly mimicing it's real life counterpart (an extreme example would be if the Phone app implemented a rotory dial), then that's (bad) skeuomorphism.  Adding some innocuous non-functional design elements (e.g., the much-discussed stitched leather) is not.  The app was going to have a background...
  Yeah, that's dumb.  If the kid was required to make his dad a sandwich "because dad doesn't like pickles" and the kid included pickles then that's not complying, period.   The more interesting question is how far the judge could go with respect to statements Apple makes outside of the specifically ordered statement.  What if Apple had posted an "open letter about the Samsung case" also linked from the Apple home page and made all the statements they included in the...
  I agree.  It's clear from the paragraph 51 from the original ruling (which we both quoted earlier), that the entire point of requiring Apple to post this statement was to remove ambiguity.  Apple got clever and did exactly what the judge was complaining about and was called on it.   Here's an analogy for ya.  Suppose a tabacco company is instructed to include a "warning on it's packaging" (or a certain size) about the dangers of smoking "to correct the company's habit...
  Apple was instructed to put "the notice" (that particular statement) "on the Apple homepage."  Apple argued that it would clutter things up, and asked if they could just link to it.  The appeals court, said "yeah that's reasonable; provide a link to the notice."   One could argue that the expectation was that the link would go to a page with nothing but the notice.   To put this in context, look at the original ruling at paragraph 51 of...
" To keep Mansfield at Apple, Cook was said to have offered him around $2 million per month in cash and stock."   I hope most of that is in stock, or he'll need a lot of help just getting that much cash to the bank safely. "Here comes Mansfield with his weekly satchel stuffed with hundred dollar bills; let's get him!"
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