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What Did Apple Announce at WWDC? A Guide to iOS 6

This week in scenic San Francisco, Apple is wowing both companies and developers that make software and apps for Apple’s various platforms at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).


Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook gave WWCD’s keynote address on Monday. This was the first time WWDC was not addressed by Steve Jobs.

It’s a conference that often telegraphs Apple’s game plan for the rest of the year. In the past, the conference has been the forum where two iPhones and various Macs have been introduced. On Monday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage, giving the conference’s keynote address.

Numbers Game
Cook started his Monday morning keynote by dazzling the crowd with some spectacular numbers:

  • Apple largely owns the digital marketplace. Apple has paid out an estimated $5 billion to app developers since the App Store was started just four years ago.
  • There are now more than 66,000 apps, resulting in more than 30 billion downloaded apps.
  • Some 400 million consumers have their credit card information on file with Apple.

One of today’s major announcements involved Apple’s latest iOS (the iOS is what developers use to make apps for the iPad or iPhone). In a nutshell, the iOS powers Apple iDevices…and it’s about to change dramatically:

Driving Developments
For years, Google Maps has been the default mapping app for Apples iDevices, but that’s about to change. Apple’s iOS 6 will introduce its own tweaked-up version of Maps, and it promises to offer some capabilities that Google Maps can’t match. This includes turn-by-turn navigation, voiced by Siri, Apple’s personal assistant program.


Apple’s new Maps app will help you find your way.

Not only will Siri guide drivers to their destinations, she’ll also provide estimated trip times, and when the speed limit changes. If traffic slows (because of an accident or other event), she’ll  suggest an alternate route. Siri will also help you find gas. Finally, the new Maps app will feature a photographic 3D view of numerous cities called “Flyover,” in addition to offering a traffic view so you can visually plan the best route for your drive.

Siri-ous Improvements
Siri will be updated with iOS 6, too – and she’ll be featured on the new iPad. For most users, the biggest improvement will be the ability to launch apps with a single voice command, which many users have been vocal about desiring. Siri will also be given a new “Eyes Free” mode that will work in conjunction with your car by simply pressing a button on your steering wheel. (To make this a reality, Apple is already partnering with numerous auto manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda, GM, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz.)

And not only will Siri become more convenient to access; the program will become smarter and know more about a wider range of subjects. For example, if you’re looking for sports scores and schedules (and even stats), Siri can now be your go-to expert. The same applies to other entertainment, such as movies (with Siri able to serve up reviews, showtimes and trailers).

And when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat after a game or before a movie, Siri will have you covered there, too. The personal assistant will soon be able to give you a sneak peek at restaurant menus and even help you make dinner reservations.


Attendees are flocking this week to San Francisco’s Moscone Center (West) from around the world. The conference will last through Friday. 

Social Affairs
It’s a social-media world, a fact not lost on Apple. So iOS 6 will fully integrate Facebook, just as iOS 5 brought system integration for Twitter users. With iOS 6, once you log into your Facebook account from the Settings app, you can remain logged in…even if you open different apps, and (here’s the best part) you won’t be required to log in multiple times.

With this new integration, Facebook events will appear in the Calendar app. And let’s say you use both Facebook and Twitter. With iOS 6, both social media sites will be included within the notification dropdown. So if you need to post a new status, you can do it once in this location and the change will be made to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts. iOS 6 enables all of these improvements, not to mention the ability to post photos and preferred apps directly to Facebook.

“Pass Go” with Passbook
iOS 6 will feature a new app called “Passbook.” It works like Google Wallet. Passbook stores a wide variety of items (such as movie tickets, gift cards and airline tickets) in one convenient app. Passbook works in conjunction with the notification center, helpfully reminding you if you arrive at a location where you might be able to use one of the items stored in the app.

Silence-is-Golden 
Another improvement? A “Do Not Disturb” feature for iPhones that keeps things on the down-low. Don’t worry; you’ll still receive notifications when they come but you just won’t have to hear about each and every one of them.


The Do Not Disturb feature lets you customize interruptions, such as when to activate and who to accept calls from.

Making the “VIP” List
The new iOS also gives you a way to prioritize the Mail app with special instructions based on the names of your inner-posse members. By accessing the “VIPs” feature, you’ll be able to receive special notification when you receive messages from those you’re tight with. The feature will also let you batch all incoming messages from the crew with a single tap. Mail will now let users add pix and flix to message, as well as view marked messages.

Setting the Pace
The announcements made at Apple’s WWDC often have a global impact, and influence the world of personal computing for the next year. Coming up in Part Two: We look at new changes coming to the MacBook line.

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The Apple Garage

It resembles most homes in suburban Los Altos. But the modest ranch style house at 2066 Crist Drive is a historic place—and hallowed ground for any Apple Computer follower.


Edison had his lab; modern inventors Jobs and Wozniak started Apple in the garage of this Los Altos house.

This was the boyhood home of techno-genius Steve Jobs. It’s also where he and partner Steve Wozniak kick-started the global revolution in personal computing by inventing the first Apple computer in the garage of the California home in 1975.

The Home Business
The “Apple Garage,” as it’s commonly known, was actually the second place where the start-up made computers. The first fifty Apple 1 computers were constructed in a spare bedroom at the house (which had an original street address of 1161 Crist Drive, when Los Altos annexed the land from the county during the mid-80s, the address was changed).

Jobs and Wozniak set up shop in the garage after the first batch of Apple computers were purchased by Paul Jay Terrell’s Byte Shop (for $500 apiece). And just as the Apple Computer company was much simpler during those start-up days, so was the product Jobs and “Woz” were creating; the first Apple 1 was just a circuit board.

The computer had no case, no keyboard and no monitor—which were purchased separately. These were the days when people were just learning computer programming and what computers could do.


Jobs and Wozniak in the early days of Apple. Back then there were only three employees in the struggling company.

Origins
The original Apple company was not strictly a two-man enterprise. Both Jobs and Wozniak were working day jobs at the time—Wozniak at Hewlett-Packard and Jobs at Atari. Another Atari engineer, Ron Wayne, was the third employee.

Because Apple’s early days were rocky and required multiple loans to keep the struggling company afloat, Wayne eventually doubted the venture and resigned his 10% share for $800. (Had he kept his stock, it would have been worth over 36 billion dollars today.) Wayne told interviewers, “I have never had the slightest pangs of regret, because I made the best decision with the information available to me at the time.”

The rest of the story has become modern folklore, Apple moved to bigger quarters and started to build on it’s success in the 1980′s. Eventually Steve Jobs was driven out of the company he and Wozniak had created in 1985. Jobs eventually returned to Apple and lead it to its current glory as the most-admired manufacturing company in the world.


The first Apple 1 prototype, complete with homemade cabinet. Built in a humble garage…this unit now resides in the Smithsonian.

But once upon a time, it was only two guys working in a humble garage, trying to build a dream. “It was just the two of us, Woz and me,” Jobs recalled during a mid-90s return visit to 2066 Crist Drive. “We were the manufacturing department, the shipping department…everything.” It’s a story that’s sure to wow film audiences, just as it continues to inspire young peope who want to learn to create iPhone apps – or any technology for that matter.

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Who is Robert Moog?

He was the Steve Jobs of Electronica. Robert Moog created the Moog synthesizer, one of the very first electronic musical instruments. And recently Google’s Doodle celebrated the 78th birthday of this electronic genius with–believe it or not–an actual working synthesizer.


The Google Doodle for May 23, 2012 is an interactive Moog synthesizer.  

A Sound Idea
The Moog synthesizer has drifted in and out of style, first coming to prominence during the time of its creation and greatest use–the 60s and 70s. It was patented in the mid 60s, and then was utilized in classic hits from all kinds of music – from The Beatles classic “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” to The Doors “Strange Days,” which was one of the earliest uses of the Moog synth. 

More recently, app developers and independent creators who learn how to develop iPhone and iPad apps, have made apps that re-create the classic synthesizer. It’s amazing to see this old-school analog technology being adapted in the digital age. More interestingly, how the lower price of the “digital version” of the keyboard has made it more accessible.


Bob Moog at his workbench building another synth. 

The Moog keyboard has been a staple of modern music since its creation and continues to inspire and bring to life great music. Let’s take a look back at some Moog classics:

  • The Doors “Strange Days” (1967) One of the earliest uses of a Moog synth, this song features the moody sound of the instrument (played to perfection by the band’s keyboardist, Ray Manzarek) rolling behind Jim Morrison’s booming voice.
  • The Beatles “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (1969) The “Abbey Road” album has several Moog songs, but none as amazing as the closing track on Side One, where a building wall of synthesized white noise finally overtakes the song.
  • Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” (1975) The progressive space-rock group’s classic ode to loneliness is delivered using the Moog sound.
  • Donna Summer “I Feel Love” (1977) The recently departed Queen of Disco melted turntables with this pulsating romantic song, whose main sound is the Moog (played by keyboardist Giorgio Moroder).
  • Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979) Blondie charted an international Number One single (it sold nearly 3.5 million copies) with this New Wave/Disco song. It features not only a Moog synthesizer but it’s also the first use of a Roland CR-78 drum machine on recorded single.
  • Coldplay “Paradise” (2011) The band uses a wide range of synth sounds on this track, along with its traditional piano and guitar attack.

Numerous other artists and bands have created tracks with a Moog synthesizer, including musical acts as diverse as the Beastie Boys, Parliament, Santana, Stevie Wonder and The Doors. More recently, artists like Deadmau5 and Alicia Keys have also been spotted using a Moog.

Watch Brett Domino play Daft Punk’s Aerodynamic using the Google synth. 

Living in an Electronic World
Although his invention was embraced by musicians around the world (even today by students eager to learn music production or those who want to learn how to make your own beats), Robert Moog remained humble, stating “I’m an engineer. I see myself as a toolmaker and the musicians are my customers. They use my tools.”

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What Will the iPhone 5 Look Like?

Apple changed the smartphone business forever on January 9, 2007, when the late Steve Jobs introduced the revolutionary device to the world. The iPhone has since gone on to become one of the world’s most popular cell phones.


The iPhone 5 (far right) side by side with the current version of the phone. Note the iPhone 5′s 4-inch screen…

Since then Apple fans and phone enthusiasts gobble up rumors and news about new versions of the little phone that can. Lately there have been iPhone 5 rumors, like the rumor of a “teardrop-shaped iPhone 5,” which were false. More recently, both analysts and insiders have been dropping more rumors, but these are actually closer to reality, since they are coming from very reputable sources, like Foxcomm employees (the company that makes the iPhone).

Here’s what we’ve heard so far:

New Size: The iPhone 5 will be thinner and longer than the current iPhone 4 and 4S. While the iPhone 5 will be the same width, it will be taller – approximately 125 mm by 58.5 mm by 7.4 mm. That’s a 10-mm increase in height, and a 2-mm reduction in thickness.

New Connections:  A new Dock Connector will also be part of the new iPhone.


The new dock will be smaller to accommodate the thinner size.

The new connector is also rumored to to be used on ALL new upcoming Apple devices, including an iPod touch update expected later this year (which could have the same screen and CPU as the iPhone 5).

New Back: According to sources close to production, the plastic or ceramic back will be replaced with a metal back. Everything from liquid metal to aluminum has been rumored. And the back will be flat, not curved. (Insiders say it’s to resemble the new generation of Macbooks set to release this summer.)

New Glass Front: Apple loves glass. From the Apple Store to the new campus, Apple uses and knows a lot about glass and the mass production of it. Gorilla Glass will be used in the new iPhone. It can be manufactured thinner and can provide the same strength and protection as earlier iPhones. This is especially important for the:

New Display Size: The change in height includes bringing the screen size to 4 inches versus the current 3.5-inch diagonal. This would be the first time Apple has changed the screen size of the iPhone since the launch of the platform. This means app learning iPhone app development will include making the graphics fit a larger screen.


The iPhone: a silicon sandwich of cellular radio transmitters, memory, CPU, sensors, cameras and battery.

Why the changes? LTE radios. They take up more space in a smartphone than 3G radios and use more power. To use LTE in iPhone 5, rumors are that Apple needed to make room. There are also insiders that say for that reason, Apple will stick to a 3.5-inch screen, and skip LTE radios until they get smaller and take less power.

If Apple does make the display larger, the ad campaign could be something like “Making the Best, Better.” A 16:9 video would look amazing. Controls for games could also be placed to the sides of graphics (the current phone makes it hard to play with your thumbs obscuring the screen). Making iPhones games could be more challenging.

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Stanford’s Library of Apple Archives

One of the coolest collection of computer artifacts in the world is not in a museum. Instead this collection resides in the hallowed halls of Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California.


The archive room at Stanford where their collections are housed…


From the collection – a promotional photo of  ”the other Steve.” Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple Computer (Woz was employee #1), during Apple’s early days.

The collection? Apple Computer’s historical collection of artifacts - including paperwork, software, hardware and other rare business materials that document the genius and growth of the most influential technology company in the world. The documents date all the way back to when Apple was founded in 1976.

Apple’s Archive
Indiana Jones would be envious of Stanford’s Historical Archives. Not only does the private archive include the Apple library of archives but also collections from Douglas Engelbart (the inventor of the computer mouse), Ed Feigenbaum (one of the fathers of “artificial intelligence”), and William Shockley (credited as “the man who brought silicon to Silicon Valley” and sparked the technology revolution). There are also historical documents and materials from companies like Fairchild Semiconductor and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

The Apple Collection was donated to Stanford in 1997. The collection was previously managed and housed in Apple’s corporate library in Cupertino, now closed. The materials were intended for a Apple museum but that never became a reality. The collection is maintained now by Stanford for use in the special collections department in the Green Library.


Steve Jobs accepts a check for the early distribution of the Apple Computer.  

What’s in the Apple collection? Books, periodicals, press releases and company speeches – all about Apple computers and software. There are also user group newsletters, along with other miscellaneous artifacts. Records from the Apple Library Users Group and the Apple Library of Tomorrow program also are part of the collection. The memorabilia and related artifacts paint not only a historical picture of the computer advancements Apple made, but also its company culture.

The Apple archives even include an 1980′s-era video company video featuring Steve Jobs and other Apple employees as Ghostbuster-like computer nerds with early mac computers strapped to their backs, just take a look at the video for yourself:

In the press release Stanford issued about the Apple Archives, “The donation of Apple’s museum and historical archives adds significantly to Stanford’s unmatched collections on the technological and business history of Silicon Valley,” said Henry Lowood, library curator for the history of science and technology. “The unique documentation of corporate culture, personal computer design and software history in the Apple collection will be of particular value not only for research on the development of computer technology, but also for studies of the cultural and social impacts of computers on our lives.”

Stanford’s Tech Connection
Stanford’s tech connection doesn’t end there. Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford was inspirational – Jobs had a very close connection with Stanford University. You can establish a connection with Stanford too. Either by attending Stanford University as a student. Another way is by attending summer camps at Stanford University like Digital Media Academy. You can even learn app development for iPhone & iPad just feet away from the historic Apple Archives.

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Steve Jobs Biography: Book of Revelations

Steve Jobs’ official biography has been released. Written by Walter Isaacson, a former managing editor for Time magazine, the 656-page book sells for $35. You can get Steve Jobs’ official biography from Amazon and as an ebook from Google for $16.99.


Steve Jobs was memorialized on Apple’s website for several weeks after his death.

Life and Legacy
While the initial global outpouring of grief over the death of Apple’s co-founder has begun to subside, the public’s fascination with Jobs’ life is still going strong. Part of that interest stems from Jobs’ personality – which was often described as reserved, private and even reclusive.

He rarely granted interviews and when he did, they were almost exclusively focused on whatever project he was engaged in creating and promoting at the time. In a media-driven age empowered by mighty communication tools (many Jobs himself had pioneered), there was much about his own life that the man chose not to publicly communicate.

In his final years though, Jobs did however open up for his biography. Based on more than 40 interviews Isaacson conducted with Jobs during a two-year period, and additional interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues. And although Jobs cooperated for the book, he asked for no control over what was written, nor did he even ask for the right to read it before it was published.

For those keenly interested in Steve Jobs’ legacy, Isaacson’s biography may end up being the last, best word on the subject. Other Steve Jobs quotes have appeared in the press, but the newly released interview text is sure to shake up some readers.

Revelations and Secrets
The new book reveals some interesting, expected and not-so-expected insights. The most controversial discovery involves Jobs’ 2011 meeting with President Barack Obama, at which time Jobs reportedly said that Obama was “headed for a one-term presidency” and at one point even offered to design portions of the President’s re-election campaign.

Here are a few more excerpts that have surfaced in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs…


Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had a love-hate relationship. Their appearance together onstage at D5 in 2007 became the origin of the Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates meme. 

On Microsoft’s Bill Gates: “Basically unimaginative and has never invented anything…he just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.”

On Google’s Android Phone: “I will go thermonuclear on this issue. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.” Though Jobs received criticism for his tight control over the iPhone ecosystem, which contrasts sharply with Android’s “open” approach, he told Isaacson that Apple’s approach stemmed from the company’s desire to “make great products, not crap like Android.” Isaacson writes in the book that Jobs had attempted to persuade Google not to develop a mobile operating system to rival Apple’s own by promising the company it would have access to the iPhone and prime real estate on the device.

On the Dangers of Becoming Wealthy: “I saw a lot of other people at Apple, especially after we went public, how it changed them. And a lot of people thought that they had to start being rich. I mean, a few people went out and bought Rolls Royces, and they bought homes, and their wives got plastic surgery. I saw these people who were really nice simple people turn into these bizarro people. And I made a promise to myself. I said ‘I’m not gonna let this money ruin my life.’”

On Facebook: ”You know we talk about social networks in the plural but I don’t see anybody other than Facebook out there…Facebook – they’re dominating this. I admire Mark Zuckerberg. I only know him a little bit, but I admire him for not selling out. For wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot.”

On Why He “Opened Up” for Isaacson’s Biography: “I wanted my kids to know me. I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”


Steve Jobs with wife Laurene Powell Jobs, just before his death. 

Notes From the Author
Isaacson’s previous books include biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, both of whom were powerful and often misunderstood men of their respective times. “(Steve) talked a lot to me about what happened when he got sick and how it focused him,” said Isaacson, in a transcript from an upcoming segment of “60 Minutes.”

Isaacson also spoke about Jobs’ state of mind during his final days. “He said he no longer wanted to go out, no longer wanted to travel the world,” said Isaacson. “He would focus on the products. He knew the couple of things he wanted to do, which was the iPhone and then the iPad. He had a few other visions. I think he would’ve loved to have conquered television.” (It’s true, Apple insiders have noted Jobs’ was always disappointed Apple TV wasn’t more widely accepted.)

Constantly out of step and sporting a rebel sensibility, Isaacson reported that Jobs often thought the usual rules didn’t apply to him, and worked counter to them. For example, he went through a period as a young man during which he didn’t bathe regularly (his managers at Atari made him work the night shift because his co-workers complained about his personal hygiene). Another quirk: driving a Mercedes with no license plate. Why? According to Isaacson, it was because he didn’t want people tracking him.

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Apple Patents Kinect-like Motion Control Device

Apple was recently awarded a patent for something that looks and feels a lot like Xbox’s Kinect. The 3D display and imaging technology is a system that Apple may place inside future devices.


This illustration from Apple’s patent application shows how the technology could be used. 

The technology registers the moves of the user and then translates those motions into a control scheme for a game or an app.

In Control
Apple’s motion control patent describes a projector and a receiver that utilize light beams to scan and recognize users’ movements. The Xbox Kinect also uses light beams to map out the space and user to establish a play field for Kinect games. And like the Kinect, the only input the Apple device requires is your body.

According to the patent, Apple’s technology also can be used to display holographic images. Three-dimensional holographic images are the holy grail of digital immersion. The uses for holographic technology could include gaming (such as flight sims or virtual reality applications) – like projecting a 3D model of a skeleton for a surgeon or a car for an engineer.


One day, you could use Apple’s holographic technology to update your Facebook page… 

Apple’s technology truly exceeds what Microsoft is doing with the Kinect and promises amazing experiences for whatever platform it may be used in. Imagine playing video games…Say a round of Angry Birds where you could reach into the game screen, pull out a bird and then throw it, like you might a real baseball at a target. The potential for the technology is mind-boggling.


…or rack up the high score on a round of Angry Birds.

Apple hasn’t made any announcements about the new technology or how it may be used. Apple files patents frequently and, for the most part, they are granted. One reason Apple pushes so hard on technology patents is because of Steve Jobs. Jobs made it Apple’s mission to constantly innovate. The motion control patent Apple recently received certainly does that. It will be extremely interesting to see how the technology might be used in app development. For now, we’ll just have to keep watching Minority Report and dreaming of the possibilities.

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Why Did Steve Jobs Wear a Black Turtleneck?

Apple’s former CEO was recognized as a technology innovator. He reinvented media distribution, and pioneered technology with products like the iPhone 4S and iPad. But what Steve Jobs was not known for was his fashion sense.


Steve Jobs in Paris in 1998, introducing the new iMac.

Unlike his hi-tech hardware, Steve Jobs stuck to routine fashion –  like a black turtleneck, Levi’s 501 jeans and New Balance sneakers. But Jobs didn’t always dress that way; in the 1980s he sported bowties and even vests.

Image Conscious
In the late 1990s, Steve Jobs started wearing black turtlenecks and sneakers. The outfit would ultimately make him the most recognizable CEO in the world. At times his plain and predictable look was parodied on Saturday Night Live and even The Simpsons, but Apple’s famous co-founder probably would have never adopted his trademark outfit if his employees hadn’t rejected the corporate uniform he wanted them to wear.


Pixar paid tribute to Steve Jobs with this image featuring Woody, Wall-E, Buzz Lightyear and other famous Pixar stars dressed in Jobs’ signature black turtleneck.

In Walter Isaacson’s new authorized biography of Steve Jobs, Jobs revealed to Issacson in an interview before his death how the late Apple CEO developed his trademark look. The new book (which releases October 24) is the culmination of forty interviews that were conducted with Jobs over a two-year period. The book is also said to include  interviews that took place just weeks before Jobs’ death on October 5.

From Issacson’s book, courtesy of Gawker:

On a trip to Japan in the early 1980s, Jobs asked Sony’s chairman Akio Morita why everyone in the company’s factories wore uniforms. He told Jobs that after the war, no one had any clothes, and companies like Sony had to give their workers something to wear each day. Over the years, the uniforms developed their own signature styles, especially at companies such as Sony, and it became a way of bonding workers to the company. “I decided that I wanted that type of bonding for Apple,” Jobs recalled.

Sony, with its appreciation for style, had gotten the famous designer Issey Miyake to create its uniform. It was a jacket made of rip-stop nylon with sleeves that could unzip to make it a vest. So Jobs called Issey Miyake and asked him to design a vest for Apple. Jobs recalled, “I came back with some samples and told everyone it would great if we would all wear these vests. Oh man, did I get booed off the stage. Everybody hated the idea.”

In the process, however, he became friends with Miyake and would visit him regularly. He also came to like the idea of having a uniform for himself, both because of its daily convenience (the rationale he claimed) and its ability to convey a signature style. “So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them.” Jobs noticed my surprise when he told this story, so he showed them stacked up in the closet. “That’s what I wear,” he said. “I have enough to last for the rest of my life.”

Wholly Original
While Steve Jobs may have been seen as a fashion oddball, his style was called ”wholly original” by acclaimed designer Ralph Rucci. No matter if you were a fan of his style or not, he certainly was an original.

More insight into the life of Steve Jobs will be revealed with his first and only biography, which hits stores in October.

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Facebook App for iPad

Facebook has long teased iPad owners/Facebook users with rumors of a Facebook app. Finally, after months of anticipation, the iPad Facebook app is now available.


The new Facebook offers many of the features you get from the online version; it’s just optimized for the iPad. 

The long-awaited app was released on Monday with little fanfare. Much more noise was made behind the scenes as Facebook and Apple worked out the details on the release.

Like That
The Facebook iPad app is available for free from iTunes and offers Facebook a laundry list of great features:

  • Bigger, better photos: Photos take on new life with Facebook’s photo album. Images are big and high-res.
  • Cleaner user interface: Facebook fiends can navigate their content – such as updates, photos and stories – quicker. Navigation is also easier, using a gentle tap, slide or pinch.
  • Simplified navigation: Send a message or see a notification. Also browse bookmarks without switching screens.
  • Games: You can also play your favorite Facebook games through the app, and on a bigger screen.
  • Send & review messages with a tap: A simple drop-down menu makes it easy to scan your messages and send them without visiting your inbox.

Overall, the Facebook iPad app gives users a sleeker interface, allowing you to stay up to date with your friends, their activities and more. For iPad users on the go, it’s a no-brainer.


The app even provides a way to easily find your friends in the real world. 

iOS Connection 
Apple insiders had assured techies that the Facebook iPad app would be revealed when Apple announced the iPhone 5 last week – and we all know how that turned out. Apple instead revealed the iPhone 4S. Nonetheless, a Facebook app is still a win for Apple considering no other tablets running Google’s Android OS have a tailor-made Facebook app – and that’s definitely something that would make Steve Jobs happy.  App development is a huge business. In fact, mobile apps already eclipse stand-alone software sales for consoles and PCs.

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Apple After Steve Jobs

Apple must now begin the process of surviving as a company without Steve Jobs. It will be a daunting task, but one that should be made easier by the fact that Jobs himself left behind blueprints of sorts, for both the success of the company and for the executives that would follow him.


Steve Jobs with wife Laurene Powell, after his last public keynote. 

Among those plans are outlines for products that Jobs believed would be part of the company’s future – plans he personally worked on for more than a year.

Plans for the Future
Even though he was dying, Jobs worked tirelessly on Apple’s future. He worked hard to develop the plans for Apple’s futuristic headquarters in Cupertino, California, and get them approved, going so far as to defy doctors. Steve Jobs last public appearance was to pitch the spaceship-like designs to the Cupertino City Council last June.

In addition to the giant new Apple complex – which will sit on the old Hewlett Packard site (where Jobs worked part-time when he was 13 years old) – Jobs had also been supervising the development of iCloud, and contributing ideas to update the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and iPod. According to sources inside Apple, there are at least four years worth of new Apple products, thanks to Jobs.

Steve Jobs DNA to live on with Apple University
Another secret project that Jobs worked on was an executive training program called Apple University. The program, which Jobs considered vital to Apple’s future success, will teach Apple executives to think like Steve Jobs. Sources familiar with the program say Jobs personally recruited the dean of Yale’s Business School, Joel Podolny, to develop it, way back in 2008.

“Apple needed a set of educational materials so that Apple employees could learn to think and make decisions as if they were Steve Jobs.” Tim Bajarin is an Apple analyst. So it really is no surprise that, when Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005, he was already thinking about his legacy.

It’s said that the inspiration for Apple University came out of Jobs’ admiration for Bill Hewlett and David Packard, and the way they built Hewlett and Packard into a tech giant. HP’s values or “the HP Way” were highly admired in the 80s and 90s.

Jobs wanted to establish something similar with Apple University. The program would help Apple executives and regular employees continue to innovate and drive Apple’s success. This included attention to detail, accountability, perfectionism, simplicity and of course, secrecy.  Jobs wanted to see if the creation of university-level courses would translate into the best business and operating strategies.


Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs and John Lasseter at Pixar.

One example of what Jobs hoped for is already running at Pixar. Jobs sold Pixar to Disney in 2006 for $7.5 billion. Pixar University is a professional development program that offers courses in fine arts and filmmaking as well as leadership and management training. The program also provides company history, culture and values.

Steve Jobs oversaw the most incredible corporate turnaround in Silicon Valley history. After returning to Apple in 1997, he was in charge of every major decision Apple made, from the launch of iPod to the iPad 2.

A Future without Jobs 
Jobs, the famed co-founder of Apple, died last week of pancreatic cancer. Pre-orders for the authorized Steve Jobs biography have shot through the roof since. Apple definitely wants to continue building on Jobs’ achievements. The iPhone alone is a multi-billion dollar business and app development for iDevices is a requirement for anyone in the tech field these days. It will be a challenge for Apple to maintain its success without Jobs’ leadership, but not impossible. No other CEO or company has analyzed its success so closely – or developed a plan to continue that success after their leader was gone.

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