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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products

Leander Kahney

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In what seems a common pattern, Jony Ive started early, eschewing the liberal education of say Oxbridge, instead selecting the most renowned college in the field in which he was already winning prizes: industrial design. And this great achiever of our times grew up under the happy and mighty influence of his father, an educator who rose to prominence due to character and a drive to bring design literacy to British education.

The bulk of this book about Ive constitutes one of the stronger, more detailed histories we have of Apple itself, told mainly from the perspective of the IDg, the internal design group he leads. We learn for instance that in order to meet Steve Jobs’ deadline for creating the iMac — the first product upon Jobs’ return and which revived the company — they needed to streamline the product process by making the files of the design software interoperable with those of the manufacturing software.

Someone says Ive is even less replaceable at Apple than Jobs. This isn’t quite fair because Jobs worked to make himself replaceable. Let’s hope Ive does as well.

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Inside Apple

Adam Lashinsky

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Engagingly written albeit disappointingly somewhat thin, the useful angle here is how Apple differs from conventional wisdom.

Secrecy, even internally, is paramount; it helps alleviate internal politics and keep people focused. There is little internal promotion, taking seriously the Peter Principle. Unlike the rest of Silicon Valley, perks are minimal; working at Apple is the perk.

A product of its time (2012) and of the author’s lack of access, the book is marred at the end by pessimistic obsession with Apple’s viability post-Jobs, but is nonetheless ultimately worth reading because it does convey an impression of what Apple is like.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

TechCrunch takes iPhone X to Disneyland. A great review of considered real-world use.

Friday, September 15th, 2017

A photo essay by Dan Frommer on attending Apple’s iPhone X event — its first at the Steve Jobs Theater.

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

There’s some powerful new stuff in iOS 11, as summarized at The Verge. Document scanning in Notes (though no OCR, need an app for that). Markup on screenshots. Screen recording. A file system. Configurable Control Panel. I do so love Apple.

 

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Monday, September 5th, 2016

This article explains — and demonstrates — all the advanced basics we need to know regarding photography with the iPhone. The aperture is fixed but everything else — shutter speed, focus, ISO, white balance — can be set. Only three apps are required: Camera+ (for the manual stuff), AfterFocus (to compensate for the lack of aperture control), and Slow Shutter Cam (because Camera+ doesn’t go slower than 1/4s).

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

As announced at WWDC 2016, Macworld summarizes the new things in iOS 10. Among them are voicemail transcription, a new Home app for HomeKit-enabled devices, and a redesigned Control Center.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Ben Thompson on Apple: if they really want to become a services company they’ll have to change their fabled organizational structure.

Occasionally the ethernet-based internet connection at my desk goes down, and I can’t tell without checking Airport Utility as there’s no immediate visual indicator in OS X. Hence Icon Ping by Italian ubergeek Salvatore Sanfilippo AKA Antirez. Perfect!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I scrolled straight past the recent entries at The Setup and clicked only on Charlie Lloyd’s based on his job description. And I guessed right. “At work we’re on small MacBook Pros with maxed-out RAM and external monitors on standing desks,” he writes. Check. “I do my coding and writing in TextMate.” Check. Since he passes these tests of sameness with me, the rest is all gold.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Interesting, easy-to-understand breakdown of colors used in iOS app icons in 2015. Reds are most popular, then blues. By Hwee-Boon Yar. [via MacStories]

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Hard to say which part of this is more valuable: John Gruber interviewing the right venerable Craig Federighi on Apple’s Swift programming language or the very lengthy and insightful follow-up with John Siracusa. Daring Fireball’s The Talk Show #139.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Once they see it they say, Oh is that the thing? And I say, Yes it is the thing. And they ask, Has it changed your life? And I shrug. And they are so disappointed.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

I’m not sure that I agree with the author’s criticism of the Apple Watch screen, and unlike him I like how small the thing is, but his comparison—that Apple Watch leather is to leather as the pink chicken sludge of chicken nuggets is to chicken is insightful and in retrospect obvious. Article is complete with apt photo illustrations. [via Daring Fireball]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Anyone noted the similarity between an Apple Watch and a NASA astronaut? I think we should be sold.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

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Simplistic, kind of repetitive, engrossing, not too much I didn’t already know I don’t think, but necessary reading. Nice last paragraph even if redundant last chapter.

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Bentley film about integrating the iPad in the back seats — shot with iPhone 5s.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Released: Steve Jobs’ and James Murdoch’s email correspondence negotiating over HarperCollins e-books for iPad. Note how Murdoch’s careless spelling and grammar improves after receiving a reply in Steve’s impeccable English. Murdoch capitalizes News Corp’s businesses, “Studios, Books, and Newspapers” but then writes lowercase “apple”, which, if deliberate, is kind of thuggy.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Hanna Rosin writes on the iPad and young children. The beginning could have appeared anywhere, the middle in any number of magazines, the end in only a small handful. And a rather relevant topic at the moment in this house, where Good Morning is spoken as “Where the iPad gone!”

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Andy Ihnatko, MacTech Conference attendee, on the group tour of Disney Animation, an advance screening of Wreck-It Ralph, and John Lasseter’s desk. [via TidBits]

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Fascinating, that Apple’s Sony-inspired designs for the iPhone back in 2005 were more like the iPhone 4 than what was subsequently initially released. Had they been leading up to the 4 style all along?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

ifixit teardown of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display gives it 1/10 for repairability. Worth knowing, even if few are likely to care.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

More mind-blowing, analyst-beating news from Apple. 35.1 million iPhones sold last quarter.

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Guardian’s Battle for the Internet feature, including Tim Berners-Lee’s warning about walled gardens. BTW, if you’re reading this on Facebook, I don’t write these Trail entries on Facebook, but on my own site at http://adamkhan.net, and a nice Facebook app called RSS Graffiti sends them over.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Toca Boca: ingenious iOS games for kids and not such.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The inevitable and welcomed iPhone 4S teardown by the ifixit guys.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Steve Jobs, 56, joins the pantheon. The 2005 Stanford commencement address. The TidBITS obituary, with many links in the comments.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

After Steve Jobs’ resignation, the Daringfireball round-up of anecdotes: Dave Winer, David Cairns, Vic Gundotra,
Allen Paltrow, Jonathan Berger, Marc Hedlund.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

I’m upset that Spaces is gone in Lion. Others concur.

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A woman of a certain age, who’s never used a computer before, reviews her new iPad.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I’m loving inertial scrolling on my MacBook Pro. Thanks, Apple.

 
 

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