The Wirelessly-Turned-On Edition Monday, October 16, 2023

Apple Renews Top Ranks With Wave Of Executive Promotions, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple typically promotes corporate employees in early October ahead of its fall vesting period (when staff are able to cash in the restricted stock units that make up a sizeable chunk of their compensation). So it’s not unusual to have personnel changes at this time of year, but there were more people elevated to the VP level than you normally see.


Apple is planning a new system for its retail stores that will update the software on iPhones prior to sale. The company has developed a proprietary pad-like device that the store can place boxes of iPhones on top of. That system can then wirelessly turn on the iPhone, update its software and then power it back down — all without the phone’s packaging ever being opened. The company aims to begin rolling this out to its stores before the end of the year.

Apple's New Screen-distance Feature Taught Me I Was Holding My iPhone Wrong, by Kylie Kirschner, Insider

I feel like I've become more conscious about holding my phone at arm's length. The screen-distance notifications — or just the nagging feeling I get now when I catch myself getting sucked into my device too closely — have also just made me more aware of my own habits and screen use.


I Tried Apple's In-car Spatial Audio To Find Out If It's Worth The Hype, by Adam Turner, Drive

Spatial Audio in a Mercedes-Benz sounds absolutely stunning, adding a depth to music so it feels more like you're in the studio with the musicians, rather than listening to a recording. The improvement is subtle but clear if you know what to listen for.

It will certainly get audiophiles drooling, but realistically you need an ear for quality to appreciate the improvement of Spatial Audio. Especially considering that the car's Burmester 3D surround system already sounds fantastic even when playing standard music.


Which Streaming Service Will Get ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,’ Apple, Disney, Netflix, Or Amazon?, by Michael Grothaus, Fast Company

No deal between Swift and any streaming platform has been announced yet, but there are four likely candidates: Netflix, Disney, Apple, and Amazon. Here’s how each scenario could play out, given that Swift has a history with all four.

Goldman Sachs Wants Out Of Consumer Lending. Employees Say It Can’t Happen Fast Enough., by AnnaMaria Andriotis, Wall Street Journal

Inside the bank, partners complain that the consumer-lending business has been more trouble than it was worth. and they blame Solomon for Goldman's expansion in the space. The unit that includes credit cards and GreenSky has lost billions of dollars. Regulators are circling the card business. Many top executives in the consumer-lending businesses have left or moved to other units.

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Oh, gosh. Imagine that. Apple can wirelessly update an iPhone's operating system while it is still in its packaging, sitting on a shelf somewhere in a store or in a warehouse.

What's next?

How about after a customer purchase an iPhone, Apple can start to wirelessly do data migration via iCloud while the new iPhone is still sitting in the warehouse? Syncing the remaining data when the phone is turned on by the customer should be way faster than what it is doing now.

The future!


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