The Difference-in-Customers'-Lives Edition Friday, May 26, 2023

Deirdre O’Brien On Apple’s Retail Strategy And Her Storied Career With The Tech Giant, by Amelia Chia, Vogue

“There are two measures of success for me, and they’re both tied to people. One is that we have made a difference in our customers’ lives. That motivates me personally; it motivates our teams, and gives us a strong sense of purpose,” O’Brien says with a chuckle. “The other measurement of success for me is that our teams feel supported and cared for—and they are here and can do the best work of their lives. I’ve been here a long time, and I feel this is an incredibly special place.”

Behind The Scenes At Apple And MLS’ Studios, Where Every Saturday Is ‘Like The Olympics’, by Jonathan Tannenwald, Philadelphia Inquirer

McGuinness called it “a little bit like an Olympics,” and he’d know from having worked at NBC for decades. But instead of being a two-week spectacle once every two years, this is almost every Saturday for eight months.

Apple Developer App Updated With WWDC Support For Keynote, Session Videos, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple’s WWDC event is just 10 days away, and Apple continues to roll out various different ways to follow along from home. Now, Apple has released an update to the Apple Developer app for iPhone and iPad with full support for WWDC videos, labs, announcements, and more.


Figma Just Launched Its Own Freeform App For iPad With FigJam, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

FigJam enables real-time collaboration on whiteboards for free for unlimited contributors. Tools for sketching, note-taking, and pulling in media are also available, and the app has the sort of polish you’d expect from Figma.

Weather Strip Gets Minute-by-minute Precip Forecasts, Apollo Weather Gains 'Groups' And 'Route Analysis', by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Two unique weather apps have received updates this week. Weather Strip which features a clever week-long timeline view has received minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts and more while Apollo Weather which is focused on athletes has gained Weather Groups and Route Analysis.


‘Ted Lasso’ Finale Event Canceled At Paley Center, by Lesley Goldberg, Hollywood Reporter

Sources tell THR that the strike played a central role in the decision as Ted himself, Sudeikis, co-created the series and, along with Hunt, serves as a writer as well. The Writers Guild of America has asked its members to not participate in press events that were organized by studios who are members of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Ted Lasso is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television for Apple, all of whom are members of the AMPTP, the group that represents studios and streamers and against whom the WGA is on strike for issues including streaming residuals, fair pay and the use of mini-rooms, among others.

Push Notifications Are Out Of Control, by Amanda Mull, The Atlantic

Spammy push notifications are a problem that could be solved by regulators—or even just by Apple and Google.

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