Friday Morning News

Bloomberg Businessweek has another interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the full interview will appear in this weekend’s version of the magazine, Bloomberg has given us a few interesting snippets. When Bloomberg asked if Cook thought people will pay US$349 for a HomePod, Cook’s answer was that this was asked a lot of basically every Apple product that came out, and yet people still whatever product that came out, saying “we have a pretty good track record of giving people something that they may not have known that they wanted”.

You’ve probably already read the excerpt from The Verge from The One Device, Brian Merchant’s upcoming book about the origins of the iPhone. The book won’t be out until next week, but the excerpt provides a fairly detailed view of how the iPhone project started, in a time when Apple knew the Rokr was trash compared to what they had been doing with the iPod. Apple employees just started disappearing, pulled into rooms and asked in hushed tones whether they wanted to work on a new project.

As it turns out, the excerpt has caused quite a ruckus among those quoted. In the except, Tony Fadell claims Phil Schiller vigorously demanded a physical keyboard for the iPhone, with the idea being that the phone that Apple was working on needed to be more like the only other successful phone at the time, the BlackBerry. This has since been refuted by Schiller on Twitter and backed up by Fadell, but author Brian Merchant says Fadell’s original retelling of the story is on tape exactly as he wrote it. It’s been so controversial, The Verge are taking full advantage and organising a special podcast episode to discuss the issue (and presumably Merchant’s book).

Perhaps more interestingly, next week the Computer History Museum in Mountain View will be talking with four members of the original iPhone team. Software engineers Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes will be interviewed about their involvement in the development of the iPhone, and then we’ll hear from Scott Forstall, probably the most controversial guy to come out of Apple in recent history. We haven’t heard from Forstall since he left, so this will definitely be worth tracking down a recording or transcript of.

Apple wants the iPhone to become your one-stop shop for medical information. A team within Apple’s health unit is working on getting medical centres to store data on the iPhone, allowing for a better overall picture of health for the owner.

It’s already known that the Apple Pencil is pretty great if you’re into drawing, sketching, or painting with glorious low-latency. But what can you use the Apple Pencil for if you’re not so artistically inclined? There’s lots more that Apple could be doing with handwriting input to get it close to the level of Surface/Windows integration, not to mention low-hanging fruit like iPhone support or where to store the thing when you’re not using it (although, Apple are trying on that front as evidenced by the new iPad sleeve and Apple Pencil leather case).

Apple’s previous home Hi-Fi attempt was, of course, the iPod Hi-Fi. I don’t know anyone that both had one of these and put D-sized batteries in it to power it away from AC power, but the iPod Hi-Fi lives on today as a device that can be used with anything, thanks to its standard headphone jack input.

Joe Cieplinski talks about information density with regards to the new App Store design, saying that the App Store’s revamp now makes it all about stories, instead of a sea of same-y looking icons. The App Store redesign puts the spotlight back on apps, instead of being the smorgasbord of apps for every imaginable purpose (and then some).

Now that you have your shiny new iPad Pro, 9to5Mac has the wallpapers that are on the box. Each colour of iPad comes with a different wallpaper on the box, but you can’t find them within iOS 11.

If you’re looking for something to play this weekend and have already breezed through Monument Valley 2, the sequel to the scene-based puzzler Framed is now out on the App Store. Framed 2 takes place before the events of the original, but the premise remains the same: change the order of panels, change the outcome. Framed 2 is $7.99 on the Australian App Store.

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