HW specs are secondary are secondary to Apple. It was never mention in the keynote. Apps were the showcase. Intel is piling up cpu cores, they can barely pass 3.0 GHZ nowadays. due to MHZ limits, SW holds increasing significance.
iTunes is NOT a central piece of OS X. You can delete it if you want. It won't affect the system. Unlike the old Windows and IE tether. Which the EU has to force them apart. MS even argued in US court that Windows wont function properly without IE. this was before the anti-trust sue too.
Apple IS NOT spinning anything. Secrecy and non-disclosures are Apple's forte, whether its products or CEO health. AppleInsider and other medias are spinning this. MS spins, Apple withholds info.
The AI article is contraditing, "Senior managers at the company " vs. "Apple has claimed that Phil Schiller and other executives ". Schiller is not a senior manager?
that glass facade in the middle just stick out like a sore thumb. Why is apple doing this when China's major cities's skyscapers are western modern style, glass and steel. They should make the whole thing a glass cube. China unlike Chicago(?) is not force Apple's design to match its surroundings.
Sandisk is doing a great job. They dont have Apple's HW/SW intergation, or ecosystem. Nor do they have MS's monopoly. Nor do they have the brand name recognition of their competitors. Yet they still maintain a #2 position year after year, however small.
the president gets a $19,000 entertainment account, $50,000 expanse account and a salary. Everything the president does is pay by our taxes. VP and congress gets similar accounts, plus retirement. Obama gets a jet, helicopter, free room and board, bodyguards, press agent, etc. George Washington has an expanse account IIRC, then congress revoked it and gave him a salary.