This week marked the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone launch. How much has changed in the last decade for Apple and the tech world. Here are the links of note for the week ending January 15, 2017:
- Phil Schiller on iPhone’s Launch, How It Changed Apple, and Why It Will Keep Going for 50 Years - Backchannel - Steven Levy was one of the few tech journalists who had hands-on time with the original iPhone. He talks with Phil Schiller the launch of the original iPhone and whether anyone ever saw the phenomena it would become.
- The iPhone’s first 10th birthday - Six Colors - Jason Snell was also in the audience when the iPhone was announced and shares his reflections on that day.
- The Ten Year Anniversary of the Apple TV – Stratechery - It’s sometimes easy to forget the iPhone iPhone wasn’t the only Apple product launched that January morning.
- App Extensions Are Not a Replacement for User Automation – MacStories - Sal Soghoian, former head of automation at Apple, has popped back up with a piece at MacStories about the importance of user automation.
- Apple plans to offer original scripted TV shows by the end of the year, maybe movies later – WSJ (via 9to5Mac) -Apple may be getting into the original TV content business, however, instead of offering this content for a separate fee WSJ claims that this programing would be offered as part of an Apple Music subscription.
- Consumer Reports battery test uncovers an Apple bug - Six Colors - There was a lot of fuss last month when Consumer Reports withheld their recommendation of the new MacBook Pro due to irregularities in their battery testing. Turns out the problem was due to a bug in Safari combined with the specific testing techniques. I still haven’t been thrilled with the battery life of my 2016 13" MacBook Pro, but good to know the cause of the odd readings reported by Consumer Reports are explained.
- Yahoo will become Altaba, lose Mayer after Verizon buyout - Macworld - The Internet portal is going to Verizon, the shell of what is left becomes “Altaba” (I have no idea) and Marissa Mayer and David Filo are out. It’s pretty much over.
- New AirPod Ads - Apple has released three new ads for AirPods on its YouTube channel including “Pairing”, “Siri”, “Notes” and “Stroll” Here’s a look at Stroll: