The Institutional-Memory Edition Monday, August 2, 2021

Vaccines, Reopenings, And Worker Revolts: Big Tech’s Contentious Return To The Office, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

Some tech leaders (like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey) agreed, or at least they saw the writing on the wall. They enacted permanent or semipermanent changes to their companies’ policies to make partial or even full-time remote work the norm. Others (like Apple’s Tim Cook) are working hard to find a way to get everyone back in their assigned seats as soon as is practical, despite organized resistance.

In either case, the work cultures at tech companies that make everything from the iPhone to Google search are facing a major wave of transformation.

From M1X To 5G: How Apple's Careful Control Will Bring Even Bigger Things, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Apple’s institutional memory is long and the company still remembers what it was like to be on the brink of disaster in the mid-1990s. One element that put Apple in danger in that era was that it relied on an external provider for its most crucial component, processors, and that supplier’s technology had been significantly outpaced by competitors. That fear is part of what drove the company to make its operating system more flexible, running on first Intel processors and then its own silicon.


Titanium Apple Watch Series 6 Models Currently Widely Unavailable, by Sami Fathi, MacRumors

Models of the Apple Watch Series 6 with titanium cases part of the “Apple Watch Edition” collection is currently widely unavailable for pick-up in several of Apple’s retail stores in the United States and is unavailable entirely for delivery in major markets.

‘Laundry Lens’ For iOS Reminds You There’s An App For Everything, Including Doing Your Laundry, by José Adorno, 9to5Mac

Just point your camera to the tag on the clothes you want to wash and it will say whether you should take some caution when using the washing machine, iron, or drying it clean.


It’s Time For Apple To Fix Its Confusing Device Charger Strategy, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Believe it or not, if you’re lucky enough to have an iPhone, iPad Pro, Apple Watch and, soon, a next-generation Mac laptop with the new MagSafe connector, you’ll be using four different charging cables to juice up your Apple devices. For a company that prides itself on simplicity and making all of its technology work seamlessly together, that is an anomaly.

Tim Cook's Apple Is Facing The Unthinkable: Cracks In Its Perfect Image, by Jason Aten, Inc

Right now, however, Apple is giving the impression that its primary goal isn't the customer experience, or even protecting privacy, but protecting the company's bottom line. That goes against what people love the most about Apple, and it's a real problem--even if the reality is far more nuanced. When it comes to trust, perception is everything.

Why Right To Repair Matters – According To A Farmer, A Medical Worker, A Computer Store Owner, by Kari Paul, The Guardian

“I don’t feel bad at all – this is something that used to be natural,” he said. “For over 100 years, if something breaks on your car or on your air conditioner or washing machine, repair people are able to get access to what is needed to fix it. It is only in recent years and on computers that doing repairs has become like buying cocaine or something.”

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There are a few products that Apple doesn't seem to pay too much attention. They are not exactly abandonware, but Apple doesn't seem to want to make them to be the best they can be.

Two examples: Apple Books, and iWork.

I often wonder if Apple still keep them around just as an insurance against third-party developers pulling out of Apple's platforms?

(At this point, I would classify iPod Touch as abandonware.)


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