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Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No

To ensure the Watch’s success broadly Apple needs to really articulate “Why”, not only externally in their advertising but internally to their product managers who ought to remember that Apple’s greatness is built on saying “No.”

Will Apple be able to create a demand on the expensive item that no one seems to need? Or is it another case of Apple product that becomes really great only in the subsequent iterations?

Jobs: Has anyone seen it? I think I wanna go tonight!

And when Jobs (in the movie, but really a board does this) denied stock to the early garage team (some not even shown) I’m surprised that they chose not to show me giving about $10M of my own stock to them because it was the right thing. And $10M was a lot in that time.

A person on Google+ (!) considers going to the movies to see Jobs> and asks for opinion. Suddenly Steve Wozniak weighs into the conversation sharing several facts misportrayed in the movie. A condensed treasure of facts about early Apple history, straight from the source.

Daring Fireball: 2013: The Year in Apple and Technology at Large

There’s a nihilistic streak in tech journalism that I just don’t see in other fields. Sports, movies, cars, wristwatches, cameras, food — writers who cover these fields tend to celebrate, to relish, the best their fields have to offer. Technology, on the other hand, seems to attract enthusiasts with no actual enthusiasm.

Apparently some people still haven’t seen Louis CK’s talking about how amazing things are now.

Frustrated with iCloud, Apple’s developer community speaks up en masse

Indeed, there are multiple ways in which iCloud enables the syncing of data, though both users and developers are kept in the dark when things go wrong. Siegel described scenarios in which iCloud simply declares that a file upload has timed out ("Apart from not being semantically relevant, the message is also unhelpful because it doesn’t provide any information that either the user or developer can apply to diagnose and resolve the problem"), or says that corrupted baselines are causing sync problems without making the problem visible, or just plain barfs up an opaque, internal error. This has resulted not just in headaches for developers, but also in inconvenience, confusion, and even anger on the part of end users, who go on to rate applications poorly because of these symptoms.

In response Apple launches a service that allows users to trust their passwords to iCloud.

Tim Cook is a Great CEO

Forstall spoke to the interns as well. It was an incredibly impressive talk, and an incredibly disturbing one. Forstall was clearly the smartest person in the room; what was disturbing was that he obviously knew it, and wanted us all to know it as well.2 When the news broke about his firing, I was totally shocked, yet totally unsurprised.

Still, imagine what guts it took to fire him. Forstall is, more than anyone on the planet – including Jobs – responsible for the iPhone (for this reason alone I found the potshots taken at Forstall, particularly by Craig Federighi, to be in poor taste). He is an incredible engineer – legend has it he could write, or rewrite, nearly any part of the iOS source code on command, and would routinely do so to win disputes in managerial meetings – and a NEXT man, and the closest thing to a Steve Jobs 2.0.

Yet Cook fired him anyway.

How Apple is different under Tim Cook, yet remains Apple.

‘This Is Our Signature’: iOS 7

This is the first product of the post-Jobs Apple. The result shows that in some ways Apple’s software design has gotten better, because it was Jobs (and Forstall) who had a penchant for exuberant textures and gimmickry. Jobs’s taste in hardware was nearly perfect, but his taste in software had a weakness for the saccharine. Wood grain, linen, Rich Corinthian leather, etc. It was all just sugar for the eyes. This is a weakness Jony Ive’s software taste clearly does not suffer.

Gruber welcomes the first truly post-Jobs design from Apple.

iOS 7 And The Transition To Flat

This is my personal experience as someone who attended the WWDC and who tested the iOS 7 beta for a day. I sincerely think that this design will grow on you. But that doesn’t mean Apple shouldn’t fix those ugly icons.

An overview of visual design changes in iOS. Did YOU shared with the world your opinion about iOS7 yet?

Code Hard or Go Home

In the world of open source software, this is the only legitimate way to assert “ownership” of a project: become the driving force behind the development process by contributing the most—and the best—changes.

John Siracusa on what exactly does it take to succeed with a large software project like web browser engine or a mobile operating system. Or why it’s going to be so hard to beat Google on the Android throne, even though it’s “open” to anyone.