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.
If you like to watch movies and videos on your tablet, this tablet stand is very cool. The up-and-down rotation is nice and stiff, so you can set it at any angle, and it has rubber cushions in the right places to keep your tablet from sliding or getting damaged. I just bought this a few days ago, and it’s a definite “thumbs up.” It works great with my Nexus 9, and an old iPad 2 (that I only use for music these days).
(I show it next to an apple because the shiny images on Amazon may give you the impression that it’s larger.)
Apple didn’t put a little home in each of its stores, but TechCrunch reports, “Apple has unveiled interactive HomeKit experiences in 46 of its retail stores worldwide ... when you go into Apple’s new retail stores you’ll be able to use the Home app from either an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to control devices like the Philips Hue light bulb, the Hunter ceiling fan and many others.”
A Bloomberg report says that Apple is planning to release a new MacBook Pro that has a narrow OLED screen at the top of the keyboard, which may replace the function keys. In that same article they share this chart, which shows iPad sales compared to Mac sales (which presumably includes all MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models).
One lesson learned from Apple recently is that if your products stagnate people will start to look around, and when they do that they may spend their money elsewhere.
As just one small example of this, iOS got boring for me, so I started looking around and bought an Android tablet instead of a new iPad. These days the Mac and macOS feel stagnant — or worse than that, moving in the wrong direction by removing features like Spaces — so I’m looking at desktop alternatives as well.
2018 Update: As a result of macOS moving in the wrong direction (IMHO), I now have have a laptop and desktop that run Linux Mint.
In 2011 Gartner predicted that by 2015, tablet sales would reach 300M annually, with half of those being iPads. IDC says that in 2015, 207M tablets were sold, and 50M of those were iPads. (So Gartner was quite a bit off on those numbers.) This re/code story says that the problem is phones.
A website named wallpaper.com has a good interview with Jonathan Ive about the new Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. For quite a while now there has been no need to upgrade an iPad, but this makes it a little more compelling, especially for people who like (or need) to draw.
As the owner of an iPad 2, I agree with this Business Insider article that shows stats where people keep their old iPads forever. As they state, iPads are “largely consumption devices designed to stream videos and browse the web and social media, and those tasks don't need the latest and fastest specs to work well.”
In fact, because there is no “stickiness” to using an iPad, I bought a Nexus 9 in January rather than buying the latest iPad.
I have no idea why this works, but if I throw/slide my Google Nexus 9 tablet onto my old iPad 2, the iPad wakes up and logs in automatically. You can see it happen in this 30-second video:
I’m not touching any iPad buttons when this happens. My guess is that the iPad 2 thinks that I just removed a magnetic cover, but really, I have no idea why it does this.
My old iPad 2 was, well, old, and it’s slow speed was driving me crazy. So I decided to buy a new tablet, but when I made that decision I also decided to look around, and in short, I eventually decided to buy a Google Nexus 9. After a few days with it, here’s my review of the Nexus 9.
The Nexus 9 unboxing experience
The Nexus 9 unboxing experience was a non-experience. The Nexus 9 comes in a simple, unattractive box, and there’s nothing special about any part of the unboxing experience.