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  • Steve Wozniak says Apple should have split up long ago, talks push into services and more ...

    Japhey said:
    tzeshan said:
    i am curious. What are his contributions after leaving Apple decades ago? Giving advices to Apple? 
    Also, why does he continually refer to Apple as “we”?  Is he currently connected to the company in any way, official or not?
    And also, why does his beard look pink?
    Well, he's a co-founder and he probably still has a few shares. I think he has every right to use "we" to refer to Apple.

    As for what he's done since leaving: he has worked with a few tech companies but I think his greatest contribution has been his educational activities, trying to help children from underprivileged backgrounds become involved with (and get excited about) technology.

    He was very clearly expressing personal opinion in this interview. I take his views with a large grain of salt, because he was the man who wanted to remain an engineer rather than be promoted to management. Good for him, but it means he's never tested his theories about how a company should be run.
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  • Ex-Uber engineer indicted over Google self-driving car trade secret theft

    jimh2 said:
    When you go to work for a company they own everything you do and any idea you come up with. As an employee you are just a worker bee.
    What a sad way to operate. No wonder businesses have trouble finding motivated employees.
  • Microsoft announces October event, Surface line expected to get updates

    Microsoft has alerted the press to an event that will likely see the unveiling of new Surface devices, similar to the event that took place in late 2018.

    Microsoft event save the date

    This year, Microsoft's fall event will take place on October 2 in New York City. The event invitation simply reads "Save the date," and features a stylized version of the Windows logo.
    That logo looks like they've tried to make it mimic the "10" and "02" on the two rows - although as usual with Microsoft, they've taken away things that could make their interface clearer. :tongue:
    Historically, Microsoft announces new Surface computers at their fall event.
    "S***. Apple own September. Maybe if we wait until October people will pay attention to our announcements?" :tongue:
  • Scottish city providing 52,000 iPads to students and teachers

    rossb2 said:
    for me, the mass adoption of ipads for children is nonsense, and a waste of tax payers money. Why are they not adopting the same standards that corporations use, laptops. Laptops are the standard, because they are cheap, have a functional keyboard, and are tried and tested to be worked on for a working day.  I work at a lot of different corporations, and most corporations roll out laptops as standard. It seems odd training students to use tablets, when they are not standard at most corporations. Sure, you will find people in corporations getting tablets out of the corporate budget, but in my view, people buying tablets out of the corporate budget, are mainly doing so out of privilege, or because they have budgetary control or influence. They are luxuries.
    For those people whose work involves sitting at a desk all day, you're probably right.

    There is an increased awareness that sitting at a desk all day is causing a range of health problems that can be avoided by engaging in more physical activity. I'm guessing that in the future, desk jobs will be a lower percentage of work activities.

    Right now, there exist many jobs that are not desk work. A lot of these involve situations where a laptop cannot practically be set up and used. I've used a laptop with one hand substituting for the resting surface and the other hand for manipulation - that's a clumsy setup. An iPad is better than that configuration and an iPhone is better still. I have built software solutions for iPads covering situations where one-handed use is required, or where the device is fixed to a wall, or handed around between collaborators working jointly on a given task. In these situations, laptops were not the best tool for the job.

    I also remember reading (multiple times, over the last few decades) that the majority of employment comes not from large corporations but from the far larger number of smaller businesses. So it's possible that the situation you encounter constantly is a function of your involvement with a (large) minority of total business activity.
  • Editorial: CNBC is still serving up some really bad hot takes on Apple

    sacto joe said:
    I completely agree with everything said in the article and yes, some of the reporting is so wrong it almost looks intentional. But perhaps the crux of the Ives message is correct, even if the details are totally wrong. iPhone revenue is down this year and wearables/home/accessories + services revenue growth is only just making up for it. If iPhone revenue continues declining but the other two growth categories start flattening off, can Apple keep growing? Or it's possible that iPhone sales only look slow this year because of the large jump last year. At the very least, it's a reasonable question, even if CNBC framed it completely wrong.
    Nope. The message, as usual, is myopic, especially since Apple no longer publishes iPhone numbers, thus making the assumption that iPhone sales are permanently declining ridiculous on the face of it.

    It doesn’t take much digging to find out that iPhone sales, along with smartphone sales generally, started peaking 4 years ago. A clue to the actual facts about the iPhone's prospects can be found in a more detailed analysis of the one piece of information Apple still supplies: revenue. Apple breaks out revenue for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Other, and Services. I've got a chart that looks at all these areas. Guess what: Yes, there was a big pullback in iPhone revenue in 2019. But that's CLEARLY an outlier, caused by the huge impact of the Trump Trade War on Apple sales in China (a negative $8 Billion in  fy '19 comparative revenue). Disregarding that blip, the trajectory of iPhone revenue is up, not flat, and certainly not down!

    It is, however, flattening, which is to be expected as we hit peak smartphone.
    As you say, Apple publishes iPhone revenue figures and that was what I was referring to. I'm not sure how you can call the last data point in the line a blip and disregard it. Besides, even if we assume you are right and iPhone revenue is flattening off, my point still stands. Can Apple's other categories grow fast enough to offset iPhones in the company's next phase?
    Does the iPhone need to be offset? Isn't it OK that the rocket ran out of fuel and we're back to travelling at a speed that is still quite fast?

    There seems to be an assumption that growth rates will, can and must continue indefinitely for a company to remain "successful." That assumption doesn't seem sound, to me.