Katie's Week in Review: June 18, 2017

We’re still getting the “WWDC bounce” in Apple related news. Here are a few links of note for the week ending June 18, 2017.

  • Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg joining Apple - Apple PR - Apple snaps of two of Sony’s executives this week. They join the Eddie Cue’s team and will be in charge of two newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programing.
  • Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push - Bloomberg - Tim Cook sat down with Bloomberg and shared thoughts on “Autonomous Systems” in self driving cars. It’s one of the most public statements Apple has made about “Project Titan.”
  • Amazon is buying Whole Foods for almost $14 billion - Recode - When Amazon wants to break into an industry, they go all in. The deal won’t close for some time and it’s still yet to be determined how business operations will change. My guess is Amazon will use Whole Food’s physical presence to expand their Amazon Fresh service which they are promoting with their newly released Dash Wand.
  • Apple will require users to switch to 2FA in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra - iMore - Apple has been heading this direction for a while. While I like two-factor authentication from a security standpoint I still have concerns about usability, particularly for novice tech users. I’m not sure how I’m going to explain this to my grandmother.
  • Apple makes major podcast updates - Six Colors - Big changes are coming soon for podcasts and it goes beyond just interface changes. Podcast producers will have more analytics from Apple including whether users actually listen to an episode, if they skip ads, drop off after a certain period of time. As a podcast producer it certainly could make my life more interesting in the next few years.
  • iPad Pro Review Roundup - Daring Fireball - John Gruber has posted, with commentary, links to several iPad Pro reviews. You should also check out John’s review of the new 10.5" iPad Pro.