Apparently in the books the black girl is specifically described as being dark skinned, too. I don't know, because I haven't read them. But I think that's funny. "Why does she have to be black? I always pictured her as a blonde haired, blue eyed girl." <--- Actual criticism of the film, paraphrased.
I think this is why my parents love their apple gear. They got iPhones and within 3 months got a 27" imac and an iPad. Their Motorola xoom sits discarded.Another internet buddy of mine works for apple now as a dev for itunes. After discussing it at length with him and listening to his reasoning for why apple does the things it does, what it comes down to is they are basically the AOL of the phone world, one big walled garden to babysit their users and keep them out of trouble.