The Apple Roundup: Microsoft got iOS license with promise not to copy

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: revelations about Apple and Microsoft’s licensing agreement, the super-secure iPhone, signs point to a September iPhone launch, the mythical Apple television, and the death of optical drives.

Think we’re moving past the PC? Ask the PC makers

The PC market had one of its worst quarters in a long time, with worldwide sales dipping 0.1 percent and U.S. sales dropping 10.6 percent. It’s not just the effect of th general transition to mobile that’s taking place — there’s also a lot of waiting going on.

Our WWDC 2012 live coverage is here

At 10 a.m. PT today, Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage at Moscone West in San Francisco and we’ll be providing live updated coverage from the floor right here on this page. Join us!

Apple resurrecting the MacBook? Plus 4 other WWDC stories to read today

WWDC begins at 10 a.m. Monday. While a few potential announcements have leaked — Apple’s plans for new maps, new Macs and iCloud upgrades — as with any Apple event, there’s still plenty of mystery. Here’s the latest that people are talking about heading into the developer confab.

Macs sales growing, but U.S. PC market stagnates

Apple sold a little over 2 million Macs between October and the end of December, according to IDC. That’s 18 percent more than the same quarter a year ago. It’s really good news for Apple, as that growth has put its market share at 10.92 percent of the U.S. PC market, its highest share in a very long time.

Quick tip: Organize and protect your new Apple gear

Many of us got some great tech gifts during the holidays. Knowing what exactly you have, and keeping critical info handy can make life easier when problems occur. Here are a few simple tips you can use now to save time and money in the future.