Here’s a good story about how Intel missed out on the mobile CPU market, and what they’re trying to do about it now. It’s always interesting to me to read about how leaders of large corporations misread the possibilities of the future, thereby endangering the future existence of their business.
This article contains a collection of quotes on design from Apple designer Jonathan Ive (or “Jony Ive,” as Steve Jobs called him). (Note: He prefers to refer to himself as a “builder” or “maker” as opposed to a designer.)
For those who don’t know of him, Jonathan Ive is credited with designing almost every Apple product since 1997. Given that very long string of success, I became interested in what Mr. Ive has to say, and to that end, here’s a collection of Jonathan Ive design interview quotes I’ve gathered over the last few years.
This article on When to use Web Workers had this good chart that shows that smartphone CPUs aren’t hitting a performance wall in the same way that PC CPUs did in 2005.
In other news, bbc.com reports that researchers have found a sprawling Maya network discovered under a Guatemalan jungle.
sixcolors.com has a nice pie chart that shows how Apple makes its money (hint: 70% comes from the iPhone, 7% from the Mac).
inc.com has this article, 21 questions Amazon asks its job candidates.
Finally, here’s a series of tweets where Alastair McAlpine “asked some of my terminal paediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning.” (Highly recommended reading.)
So on page 51 of Apple’s iPhone Terms and Conditions it clearly states, “We may slow down your iPhone to increase the sales of new iPhones.”
(It may say that, who knows. Having just updated iOS, I wouldn’t mind if they get sued over the ridiculous length of that doc.)
Apple is getting sued — and rightfully so — for intentionally slowing down iPhones with older batteries. The ironic things are a) if they let people easily change the batteries, or b) made this a software setting, people would be happy with them. Their own pride (ego) created this problem.
In today’s important news, there’s What happens when you put Coke in your gas tank; there’s a weird string in the center of our galaxy; scientists discover a new material that can’t be explained by classical physics; and of course, without telling anyone, Apple intentionally slows down iPhones with old batteries.
These are my notes from the book, Jony Ive, The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products, by Leander Kahney. They may not make sense if you haven’t read the book yourself, but they’re the notes from the book I want to remember.
As I’ve written about before, I assumed that Apple’s Jonathan Ive had his hands full with the completion of the design of Apple Park, and that was affecting the design and quality of Apple’s recent product offerings. This quote comes from bloomberg.com: “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Amy Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in a statement.
time.com has this article about the iPhone X and a few quotes from Jonathan Ive.