Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Three Takeaways From Today’s WWDC Keynote

That John Gruber is a smart guy, but I disagree with his third takeaway:

Starting with the opening gag with Siri doing stand-up comedy and continuing through to Apple’s new maps and Siri’s new features, there was an unmistakeable “Fuck you, Google” undertone to the whole keynote. Apple is forcing Google out of iOS. Even the Facebook integration feels like a “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” alliance.

There’s no doubt that Google was getting a hard hit during the Apple keynote today, but I disagree that they’re getting forced out. Facebook was integrated because it’s popular, and for similar reasons that Twitter was integrated (do you really think they’d pick Google+?). As Steve Streza said on Twitter earlier:

When Apple removes Gmail from the account options in iOS Mail, I’ll be happy to hear any claims about [them] forcing Google out.