I can't believe the number of people who either a) just haven't got it or b) are in complete denial.
a) example: 'hopefully in the next movie they will correct the timeline!' NO NO NO
b) example: 'I don't care if Orci, Kurtzman, the film, CBS, PAramount, sane people tell me that it's an alternate universe, it just isn't.' IT ISN'T SOMEONE'S OPINION, IT'S A FACT FFS. YOU CANNOT DISPUTE FACT.