Tag - Steve Jobs
Editor's note: We are running a selection of some of our favorite -- best, oddest, warmest -- stories from the past few years of the site, starting with this one: arguably the most personal story we ever covered. I wrote this with tears in my eyes. Personally, I think his Stanford Commencement Address (seen below) -- and the follow-up articles we ran with so many quotes from those who knew and admired him (here, here, here, and here) -- are the best tributes to the impact he had on us all.
Next week's Worldwide Developer Conference is not exactly Apple's first WWDC: it's actually the 33rd. In the latest MacNN One More Thing podcast, host William Gallagher takes you through the history of this event as it grew into the compelling form we know today. You'll hear the famous moments we remember, the less-famous ones Apple would have us forget, and you will step into Steve Jobs's reality distortion field.
It's one of the most famous moments in Apple history: the time when John Sculley fired co-founder Steve Jobs. Only, when you examine the company's four decades in a week-by-week slice, you learn that it was more complicated than that -- and now you also see that it wasn't a moment, it wasn't a single event. There wasn't one event, but just as there has to be a start to everything, it's this week that sees the start of the end.
In a recent commencement speech given to the University of Southern California, Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison passed on a lesson he learned from Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs about wealth and money. The anecdote came among other life lessons and advice Ellison passed on to the graduates, but the tale involving Jobs took place, according to Ellison, in 1995 -- as the two men watched Apple's rapid decline, and thought about ways to save the company.
As part of a profile on Apple's various health-based initiatives, Time magazine writer Tim Bajarin says -- based on conversations with Apple executives involved in the Apple Watch and other projects -- that Steve Jobs' own journey through the US healthcare system prompted a directive from Jobs to help develop healthcare solutions, which led indirectly to initiatives, such as the Apple Watch and ResearchKit, that were created after his death in 2011.
There is something about examining the events of a single week across Apple's four decades that really illuminates how much this company has done. It's as if watching year-by-year, you get inured to Apple's rises and falls, yet comparing specific weeks is like seeing a Before and After picture. Even in this comparatively quiet week of May 7 through 13, the few events are striking for how impossible it seems to be happening to the same company.
What do you do when you have a lot of (relatively) bad news to tell stock analysts and investors? What Steve Jobs would have done, and exactly what Apple CEO Tim Cook did: "Ac-cent-u-ate the positive" (to borrow the title of a hit song from 1944). In truth, there is genuinely some good as well as bad in Apple's financial report: the company is still selling tons of iPhones, Macs are selling better as the rest of the PC industry takes a nosedive, and Cook noted that the June quarter's iPad sales are likely to be the best in a couple of years, so that's all highlights. There is un-spinnable lowlights too, but are things as gloomy as they seem?
Stop me if you've heard this before: Apple releases a computer. "Fans" flip out, because the computer doesn't have everything that they wanted to see in the new version. Enthusiast forums light up with complaints, claiming that Apple is doomed because of this, that the company isn't listening, or that this never would have happened if Steve Jobs was still alive. While there is a nugget of truth from a certain point of view in the statements, the core behind the fan arguments are demonstrably wrong. Let's cover them one at a time, shall we?
Bill Campbell, a former football coach at Columbia University that worked in key positions at Apple, Claris, and other tech firms -- including running Intuit for four years -- and previous Apple Board member, has died at the age of 75. Campbell first joined Apple as a VP of Marketing under CEO John Sculley, and rose up the ranks to become the head of Claris' software division back when it was more formally a part of Apple. He returned to Apple in 1997 along with Steve Jobs, and served as a director on Apple's board until 2014, when he retired from the post. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Intuit, where he had served as CEO from 1994-1998, until this past January. He died on Monday following a "long battle," with cancer, according to reports.
Quite a bit happened with Apple during the week of April 9 through 15m in the years 1976 to 2016. Yet with some irony, it is the forgotten third partner who, for this one week, looms very large. Ronald G. Wayne co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, then confounded everyone by bailing out 12 days later.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R