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John Markoff to Interview Scott Forstall Next Week

Blockbuster event next week at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View: How did iPhone come to be? On June 20, four members of the original development team will discuss the secret Apple project, which in the past decade has remade...Show More Summary

Brian Merchant Has Tony Fadell on Tape

Nilay Patel, announcing a special episode of The Vergecast with The One Device author Brian Merchant: And, of course, we talk about the quotes from Tony Fadell and Brett Bilbrey in the excerpt we just published, in which Fadell ells a story about Phil Schiller arguing the iPhone should have a hardware keyboard. Show More Summary

Inductive Charging Is Not ‘Wireless’

In the wake of the previous item, allow me a brief rant on the word wireless. Merriam-Webster: having no wire or wires; specifically : operating by means of ransmitted electromagnetic waves a wireless remote I like New Oxford American’s definition even better: using radio, microwaves, etc. Show More Summary

Wistron CEO Blabs About Waterproofing and ‘Wireless Charging’ for New iPhone

Debbie Wu, reporting for Nikkei Asian Review from Taipei: iPhone assembler Wistron, a smaller rival to Hon Hai Precision Industry and Pegatron, on Wednesday confirmed that waterproof and wireless charging will be incorporated into the...Show More Summary

Stack Overflow Survey: Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs

David Robinson, writing for Stack Overflow: There were 28,657 survey respondents who provided an answer to abs versus spaces and who considered themselves a professional developer (as opposed to a student or former programmer). Within his group, 40.7% use tabs and 41.8% use spaces (with 17.5% using both). Show More Summary

Richard Feynman’s ‘Prepare a Freshman Lecture’ Test

David L. Goodstein, in his book Feynman’s Lost Lecture: Feynman was a truly great teacher. He prided himself on being able o devise ways to explain even the most profound ideas to beginning students. Once, I said to him, “Dick, explain...Show More Summary

Tony Fadell Walks Away From Schiller Story: ‘Not True’

Tony Fadell on Twitter: I respect @pschiller as a colleague and friend. The story about him is not true. Have asked writer to correct the record. That’s in response to a tweet from Schiller last night, after being asked if he really did push for a hardware keyboard on the iPhone: Not true. Show More Summary

? iPad Pro Review Roundup

Highlights from the best of yesterday’s iPad Pro reviews.

The Dalrymple Report: With Guests John Gruber, Matt Drance, and Lots of Heineken

Recorded last week at WWDC in Apple’s on-site podcast studio, which was simply superb. I love recording podcasts in person, not over Skype, and I think this turned out great. A really good overview of WWDC 2017. ?

Post-Nomination, Trump Property Buyers Make Clear Shift to Secretive Shell Companies

Nick Penzenstadler, Steve Reilly, and John Kelly, reporting for USA Today: Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’...Show More Summary

Tim Cook Tells Bloomberg That Apple Is Focused on Autonomous Systems

Interesting interview with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang: “We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in a June 5 interview on Bloomberg Television that amounted to his most detailed comments yet on Apple’s automotive plans. “It’s aShow More Summary

A Bad Sign

Looking at Amazon’s page for Brian Merchant’s The One Device, it strikes me as a bad sign that the lead promotional quote is from Dan Lyons. ?

? The Knives Come Out for Phil Schiller in Brian Merchant’s ‘The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone’

I do know that Schiller’s hard-charging, brusque style and his obvious political acumen have made him a lot of enemies over the years. It sounds like Fadell is one of them.

Jamf Now

My thanks to Jamf for sponsoring this week’s DF feed. Jamf Now is a simple, cloud-based solution designed to help anyone set up, manage, and protect Apple devices at work. Easily configure company email and Wi-Fi networks, distribute apps to your team, and protect sensitive data without locking down devices. Show More Summary

Emil Michael, Second-in-Command at Uber, Leaves Company

Mike Isaac, reporting for The New York Times: SAN FRANCISCO — Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice president for business and second in command at the ride-hailing company, left he company on Monday morning, according to an email sent to employees. Mr. Show More Summary

? The 2017 iPad Pros

The new iPad Pro hardware is almost too good to be true, but the real iPad story Apple unveiled last week is iOS 11.

Drag and Drop on iPhone in iOS 11

Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered the hidden settings to enable inter-application drag-and-drop in the first iOS 11 developer beta. He even posted videos showing it in action. Count me in with Troughton-Smith: Apple should enable this for the iPhone in addition to the iPad. Show More Summary

Steven Sinofsky’s WWDC 2017 Trip Report

Steven Sinofsky has a terrific report summarizing last week’s WWDC: Delivering on “Pro” with the iPad Pro and iMac Pro is significant. The iMac answers the need for a high end workstation and does so with arguably the most powerful device available, yet in a sleek all-in-one form factor. Show More Summary

Apple Makes Major Podcast Updates

Jason Snell: Users will be able to download full seasons, and the Podcasts app will know if a podcast is intended to be listened to in chronological order — “start at the first episode!” — or if it’s more timely, where the most recent...Show More Summary

? In-App Purchase Scams in the App Store

Given how many legitimate developers are still having problems getting their apps approved due to seemingly capricious App Store reviewer decisions, it’s doubly outrageous that these apps have made their way onto the store in the first place. These are the exact sort of apps that the App Store review process should be primarily looking to block.

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