Tim Cook’s Impact on Apple Detailed in New Profile Along With Plans to Add New Board Members
The Wall Street Journal has released a new profile of Apple under Tim Cook, highlighting the changes the CEO has made to the company following the long and famous reign of Steve Jobs. While most of this information was previously known, it is a solid overview of the changes Cook has introduced to Apple and it does give a few new details on Cook’s plans.
Described as a “kinder, gentler” workplace, Apple under Tim Cook has a new focus on deep collaborationbetween employees. Cook is said to be less involved in product development and more willing to delegate tasks to employees, expanding the roles of several executives and giving design chief Jonathan Ive more control over product development. He’s also made major moves like acquiring Beats and hiring high-profile executives like Angela Ahrendts, and he’s also said to be working on adding new board members.
According to people familiar with the company, Mr. Cook is actively seeking new directors to add to Apple’s eight-person board, known for its loyalty to Mr. Jobs. Six of the seven outside directors are aged 63 or older. Four of them have served for more than a decade, including two who have been on the board since the late 1990s: former Intuit Corp. Chief Executive Bill Campbell and J. Crew Group Inc. Chief Executive Millard S. “Mickey” Drexler.
Cook is labeled as more of a manager and less of a visionary, causing current and former Apple employees to worry that without Steve Jobs, Apple is losing its “frenetic pace and focus” on new products. Employees also worry that the company may be working on too many projects at once.
Under Mr. Cook, current and former employees say Apple may be spreading itself too thin, pursuing too many ideas and compromising the “laser focus” that Mr. Jobs used to create the iMac, iPhone and iPad.
“It was Steve’s job to say no,” one of these people said. “Tim is not as comfortable doing that.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s full report has a much more detailed comparison of Cook and Jobs and it offers insight on other changes Cook has brought to the company, including lessening its impact on the environment and pledging to match employee charity donations.
Apple provides developers with third beta releases of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite
Apple on Monday moved on step closer to the public release of its next-generation operating systems, giving developers access to a third beta version of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite while updating a number of smaller components. iOS 8 beta 3, which is available for download from Apple’s developer portal or as a 388-megabyte over-the-air update, sports build number 12A4318c. The company says it brings “bug fixes and improvements,” though more detailed release notes have yet to be made available, and it carries Apple’s now-customary warning that the beta software should only be installed on dedicated development devices.
Video purports to show flexible sapphire display cover for Apple’s ‘iPhone 6’
With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning’s Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called “iPhone 6,” a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.The nearly four-minute-long video shows the panel compared against an iPhone 5, followed by a series of measurements and a deformation test showing the part’s flexibility. The video’s provenance is somewhat unclear, as French blog nowhereelse.fr simply credits an “anonymous retailer,” though some frames do appear to finger a Hong Kong-based supplier. When measured diagonally, the LCD opening comes in at approximately 4.7 inches, echoing previous rumors of the next-generation device’s display size. The part also appears to feature the more rounded edges seen in previous leaks.
Rumor that Apple Could boost 4.7″ ‘iPhone 6’ battery by 15% over iPhone 5s
Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch “iPhone 6” said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.
If true, the more diminutive device would receive a battery capacity bump significantly larger than the 8 percent jump between the iPhone 5 and the current-generation iPhone 5s, likely attributable to the increased power demands of the larger display. The report was first published by Chinese technology website IT168.