A lot of Apple Money

Whenever you set up a new iPhone, Apple kindly adds a playlist to it that references all of the music you’ve purchased from iTunes in the past. Let’s do some quick math, shall we. Let’s say that that the average price per song is $1.15 (remember songs used to be $0.99, before jumping to $1.29).

That means I’ve spent $1,764.10 on iTunes music. I’ll let that sink in a bit. Just on music. Keep in mind what that doesn’t include: apps, movies, books, ringtones, etc.

My oh my…

The Jony Ive New Yorker piece

Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple

There were times, during the past two decades, when he considered leaving Apple, but he stayed, becoming an intimate friend of Steve Jobs and establishing the build and the finish of the iMac, the MacBook, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. He is now one of the two most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company.

Fascinating article on Apple’s lead designer and de facto direction maker. A long read, but a very good one.

A couple of things that stand out to me:

  • I’ve commented before on the old MacBook “sleep” light. The one where it blinks as if a sleeping heartbeat. There’s an anecdote in the piece that says people complained about it keeping them up while it sat on their nightstand. I always liked that little touch in he older laptops.
  • The designers who work under Ive are said to work 12 hour days. 12 hours. Do these people have families? Significant others? Lives outside of the office? Those kinds of working hours seem unsustainable. And borderline unhealthy. Just my initial, gut reaction.

A well-written piece am definitely worth checking out.

Source: The New Yorker

“Apple rejection. Goodbye GIF Finder”

I quickly whipped together an update and got it submitted, promising the users it would be fixed in around a weeks time. This update was literally a 2 line fix in the code, so I thought I had nothing to worry about.

Fast forward a week and Apple has binary rejected the update on copyright grounds as you are able to find Disney images (amongst other names) using the app. I use Tumblr’s API and Imgur’s API to retrieve the the GIFs, the same GIFs that are available in the Tumblr app and through the Safari browser.

I have been identified as an Apple fan for years (and rightly so). I have also been accused of being an Apple apologist. If you believe that, let me break that thought process right now. What happened to Matt is utterly ridiculous and Apple should be ashamed that they are treating their customers (yes, not retail customer, but still a valid customer) like this. It’s ok to have a rule, but make sure that rule, and the upholding of that rule, makes sense. Don’t be afraid to make an exception. And don’t hide behind a corporate “because I said so”.

Source: http://blog.mattcheetham.co.uk

Install Happiness

In browsing my Twitter feed last night, I came across this Instagram photo from a phenomenal photographer named James Duncan Davidson (@duncan). And this particular image just spoke to me. Not only from the Apple nerd part of my brain (let’s see how many of you get that), but from a life perspective as well. Think about it. Why do we put up with all of this negativity? Why not just get rid of it? Delete it, if you will.

Photo by James Duncan Davidson

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Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’

Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’

Talk of a “product’s essence” (Isaacson’s words) or “the fundamental soul of a man-made creation” (Jobs’s) only serves to separate, conceptually, the art of design from the cold hard science of engineering. With just five words, “Design is how it works” expresses succinctly and accurately that engineering should and can be part of the art of design.

Design and engineering are, indeed, often in opposition — engineering constraints affect design; design goals affect engineering tradeoffs. But they are not separate endeavors. The philosophical question is which one is a subset of the other. What Schiller is telling Isaacson is that prior to Jobs’s return to Apple, design was what happened at the end of the engineering process. Post-Jobs, engineering became a component of the design process. This shift made all the difference in the world.

Once again, I’m reminded that I not only love his writing, but John does analysis so damn well. I think he even analyzes his own analysis.

from Daring Fireball