Tag Archive for ‘Fast Company’

A Low Cost iPhone Could Be Coming This Spring ➝

Mark Sullivan, reporting for Fast Company:

Several publications and a few analysts have already predicted that Apple will announce a new sub-$500 iPhone, which may be called either the iPhone SE 2 or the iPhone 9. My own sources near the iPhone supply chain tell me that parts production for the new phone is now ramping up.

One source believes the new phone will likely sell at $399, roughly the same price as the first iPhone SE.

This would be well timed for my in-laws, who are looking to purchase their first smartphone sometime in the next few months. A low-cost iPhone seems like the perfect device for them.

➝ Source: fastcompany.com

Evernote Will Not Implement Its Controversial New Privacy Policy ➝

I’m glad that Evernote is reversing this decision, but I don’t think I can trust a company that needed to be convinced that this was a bad idea. If Evernote released this new privacy policy and no one complained, they would have started reading users’ notes with no remorse. That’s not a good sign about the integrity of those running the company.

‘You’re Only as Good as the Last Thing You Did’ ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

In a new Fast Company interview alongside CEO Tim Cook, Apple services chief Eddy Cue acknowledged that technology companies are “only as good as the last thing” they did.

Meanwhile, for the Mac lineup, the average number of days since the last update is about 505.

Angela Ahrendts Chats with Rick Tetzeli ➝

AppleInsider’s Mikey Campbell recaps Angela Ahrendts’ appearance at the Fast Company Innovation Festival. This bit, which I’m not aware of being public knowledge before this, really stood out to me:

Ahrendts is enlisting the help of other top-ranking Apple execs for future Apple Store projects. For example, Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue are lending a hand in the creation of a new in-store Apple Music experience, while SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi is helping to build a workshop curriculum for teaching code. There is no word on when these new services will debut, but that Apple is working on such designs illustrates a willingness to further enrich the Apple Store experience.

Craig Federighi helping to design a development course is incredibly intriguing to me. But what’s more impressive is Ahrendts’ ability to get other members of Apple’s executive team involved in their retail operarions — first Jony Ive with newly designed stores and now Jimmy Iovine, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi. She’s clearly taking Apple retail in new and interesting directions and I’m excited to see where it goes next.

The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos’ Fire Phone Debacle ➝

Great piece by Austin Carr on the behind-the-scenes creation of the Fire Phone. The article makes it abundantly clear that Jeff Bezos is completely at fault for the device’s failure, but still leaves you with the feeling of excitement for the future of Amazon. It’s well written and full of interesting information about how Amazon’s Lab126 operates.

Your iPhone Can Ditch Google For DuckDuckGo ➝

I’ve dipped my toe in the DuckDuckGo waters before. But, without the ability to make it my default search engine in iOS it never stuck for very long. iOS 8 adds DuckDuckGo to the list of search engine options in iOS. I’m switching the default search engine on all of my devices and plan on trying it out for a few weeks. I wouldn’t mind a little less Google in my life.

A Brief Peek At The New CarPlay Framework ➝

Michael Grothaus writing for Fast Co. Labs:

Lakamp wouldn’t reveal when Apple approached the company, but he says that once they did and iHeartRadio signed on, developing a CarPlay-compatible iHeartRadio app wasn’t a major coding challenge–mainly because Apple did a good job with the API allowing developers to add CarPlay support to their existing apps instead of having to make new, dedicated versions.

I doubt that Apple will open this to all third-party developers — likely only approaching developers whose applications would make a good fit for CarPlay. But if they did, it’s good to know that it’s easy to make your app CarPlay compatible.