Apple is so determined to make you an organ donor that it’s going to give you the option to become one straight from your phone. A new report from the Associated Press reveals that Apple will add an “easy sign-up button” to its Health app (pre-installed on every phone) with the release of iOS 10 this fall.
Nine years ago today, Apple released the original iPhone and forever changed the way the world uses and enjoys technology. While iPhone launches today still attract crowds and long lines at certain Apple retail locations, nothing can compare with the spectacle and excitement that surrounded the launch of the original.
In light of the iPhone’s ninth anniversary, former Apple PR head Natalie Kerris directs us to this video supercut featuring clips of Steve Jobs losing his cool in public. As the video description reads: “Steve Jobs is known for his tantrums and thunderous personalty… in private. In front of a large public he usually looks enjoyable and composed. But sometimes he lets the cat out … just a little.”
It’s hard to believe that it’s 2016 and the phrase This would have never happened if Steve was still alive is still being used. Most recently, Mashable referenced Apple’s overhaul of the Apple Watch UI as a solution to a problem that would have never have happened if Steve Jobs was still at the helm of Apple.
Is this true? Perhaps. Obviously there’s no way to know for sure, but the underlying and frustrating problem with the This would have never happened under Steve Jobs narrative is that it effectively presupposes that the Apple co-founder was a flawless visionary who never oversaw the release of shoddy software or underwhelming hardware.
Well, LeBron James finally accomplished what he set out to do when he announced his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014: he brought an NBA championship to Cleveland.
We can ignore innumerable questionable calls by the refs throughout the series — not to mention the peculiar suspension of Draymond Green for game 5 — because what the Cavaliers achieved over the weekend in coming back to win the title down 3-1 in the series was quite literally unprecedented.
Suffice it to say, I’m anything but a LeBron fan (the Cavs may not have even made it out of the first round in the Western Conference, in my opinion), but there’s no escaping the fact that James was the MVP on a team that not only dethroned the defending NBA champs, but a Warriors team that won a record-setting 73 games during the regular season.
It’s no secret that Apple’s Steve Jobs was interested in cars, and a new report details the car that impressed the iconic leader. Made of polypropylene and glass fiber, the car was 40% lighter than a conventional steel vehicle, and would cost 70% less to produce. Called the V-Vehicle, the car was actually brought to Jobs’ house in 2010, where he was given a detailed demo of the concept. More →
Remember back when email chains were a thing? Instead of sharing anything and everything you find online using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, people would pass along anecdotes via email. Several of these chain emails would reach your inbox each day, and you’d forward the best and most inspirational among them to everyone on your contact list. And the best part about them, of course, was that the stories they recounted were almost always completely and utterly fake.
We were reminded recently of these silly chain emails by an inaccurate story currently making the rounds online claiming to recount the inspiring last words of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. Interestingly, the passage was still moving enough to inspire a billionaire even though it doesn’t recount Jobs’s final words at all. More →
Charlie Rose recently released a 35 minute video clip featuring all-new footage from a fascinating sit-down interview he conducted with Apple design guru Jony Ive. While the broad theme of the interview centers what “makes Apple Apple”, the interview naturally veers off into any number of interesting directions.
From the design and business principles that comprise Apple’s DNA to Ive recounting how Steve Jobs reshaped Apple upon his return in 1997, the entire interview is provides a compelling, informative, and at times entertaining peek into a company that doesn’t often have its executives sit down for full-length interviews.
The arc of Steve Jobs’ career, and in particular his off and on-again relationship with Apple, is well established and widely known at this point. In brief, Jobs in 1985 worked at Apple and was growing increasingly frustrated by his diminished role and influence within the company. In September of that year, following a failed coup d’état, Jobs told Apple’s board of directors that he was leaving to start a new company and that he was taking a few key executives and engineers along with him.
BusinessInsider points us to an interesting and little-known story involving Steve Jobs and Donna Dubinsky. Though Dubinsky may not have the same level of name recognition as Jobs, she played an instrumental role at Apple back in the ’80s and later helped spearhead the PDA revolution as both the CEO of Palm and one of the co-founders of Handspring.
In an interesting anecdote from the recently released book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant relays how Dubinsky back in the mid-’80s put her job on the line when she went head to head with Jobs over Apple’s plans to completely revamp its distribution strategy. While one might reflexively assume that disagreeing with Jobs was a surefire way to get belittled, the truth is that Jobs welcomed disagreement and original thought. In fact, many people close to Jobs have said that Jobs would often disagree with people in an underhanded effort to get them to convince him of an idea.
Ever since his death in 2011, we’ve heard lots of different accounts of what it was really like to work with Steve Jobs. One of the best ones was actually written very shortly after his death but is becoming popular again after being discovered by a Hacker News user. Glenn Reid, who had previously worked at Adobe, NeXT and Apple, wrote a testimonial about working Jobs right after he passed away and it’s a really interesting read. More →
Life as a software engineer at Apple is pretty good, but the perks and salary provided by the company have long paled in comparison to some of the benefits that other tech companies like Google are famous for bestowing upon their employees. So while the pay as a software engineer at Apple is certainly nothing to scoff at, you won’t often find Apple atop of lists ranking which companies in Silicon Valley offer the most lucrative employment contracts.
Recently, Flipboard co-founder and former Apple engineer Evan Doll sent out a few tweets recalling a brief and somewhat classic story involving former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. According to Doll, he was once at an all-hands meeting in 2007 when a brave employee got up and asked why software engineers at Apple were underpaid.
Though he softened up a bit later in life, Steve Jobs in his heyday was a notoriously demanding and mercurial man who wouldn’t accept anything less than perfection. In his quest to change the world, Jobs’ expectations were unwavering.
Not surprisingly, many have been quick to note the strong parallels between Jobs and Elon Musk, a modern-day visionary hell-bent on popularizing electric vehicles with Tesla and making commercial space travel a reality with SpaceX.
Banksy, the legendary graffiti and street artist whose identity still remains something of a mystery, recently paid a visit to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France where he left four new pieces of compelling artwork. Of particular note, though, is a piece depicting Apple co-founder Steve Jobs carrying what appears to be an original Mac and a bag – full of what we presume are his personal items – over his shoulder. Banksy titled the piece, “The Son of a Migrant from Syria.”