March 9, 2022
Good morning! Apple just took the wraps off its first new gadgets of 2022, setting the stage for what looks to be a major year for Macs. iPhone? What iPhone? I’m Caitlin McGarry, and I think we should bring back translucent computers.
Apple’s annual spring event is usually used to announce iterative updates on devices like the iPad and Mac. Yesterday’s product launch seemed pretty routine: Tim Cook announced an updated iPad Air and a third-gen 5G iPhone SE (that’s the inexpensive one with the fingerprint sensor).
But then the event swiftly turned into a Mac showcase with the announcement of Mac Studio, which is powered by a supercharged new M1 Ultra processor. Altogether the announcements indicate that reinventing the Mac continues to be a high priority for Apple — perhaps more so than even the iPhone.
The new devices are a huge deal for creative pros. After years of making underwhelming Macs that sacrificed useful features — like ports! — in the name of sleek design, Apple’s Mac announcements were aimed directly at its most die-hard users.
The return of the Mac was already well underway. In November 2020, Apple took the wraps off the M1, its first custom Mac chip developed in-house. The announcement had huge implications, too: Not only was Apple transitioning away from Intel, its component provider for more than a decade, but it was using the move to overhaul its Mac lineup from top to bottom.
Apple's prioritization of the Mac is clearly paying off: The company reported its highest Mac revenue ever, $10.8 billion, during the first quarter of 2022, up from $8.6 billion a year earlier and from $7.2 billion in the first quarter of 2017. The iPhone still runs laps around the Mac, with revenue of $71.6 billion in Q1 2022, but Apple’s event this week proves that it doesn't have to sacrifice one product for another to succeed.
Gen Z is poised to help everyone - from a rural small business to a tech giant - rethink how their business operations can help alleviate the digital divide. It’s time to give Gen Z a seat at the table for the generation that sees how tech can be a benefit but often is the barrier for advancement.
Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman said it’s time to go back to “careerland”:
Ads on Netflix? Not yet, but maybe someday, CFO Spencer Neumann said:
Elon Musk claims he “never lied to shareholders” in 2018:
Ruth Porat said Alphabet’s purchase of Mandiant will help the company stay competitive:
Sheryl Sandberg said Russia blocked Facebook for one main reason:
LanzaTech is going public via a SPAC. The deal would value the carbon-capture and transformation firm at $2.2 billion.
Reid Hoffman co-founded a new company, called Inflection AI. It's the first time he's launched a company since he sold LinkedIn in 2016.
Twitter promoted TJ Adeshola and Sarah Rosen to head of global content partnerships and U.S. content partnerships, respectively.
Nick Myers joined Patreon as head of design. Myers led design for companies like Facebook and Fitbit for 20 years.
Carol Carpenter is Unity’s new CMO. She previously held the same role at VMware and has led marketing for Google Cloud.
Twitter launched a Tor service. Its onion address will let Twitter users browse more privately, and access it in places the service is blocked.
Amazon is going all in on live audio. Its new app, Amp, lets people host radio-style shows and access tons of music for free.
AWS stopped taking new customers in Russia and Belarus. The company said it doesn’t have any data centers, infrastructure or offices in Russia.
A shareholder is suing Rivian, claiming the company failed to say it needed to raise the prices of its vehicles after its market debut, misleading investors.
Tech companies have stayed quiet about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The state is about to pass the legislation, which limits lessons about sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom through third grade.
Instagram creators can now get credited. The platform introduced a feature that lets people indicate how they contributed to a project, like marking themselves as a “stylist” or “model.”
Crypto lobbying is getting bigger. A Public Citizen report found that the number of lobbyists representing the crypto industry soared, and spending on behalf of the industry quadrupled compared to three years ago.
Two siblings were charged in a crypto fraud operation. The SEC is accusing John and Tina Barksdale of defrauding retail investors who bought or invested in the Ormeus Coin cryptocurrency.
LimeWire is back — as an NFT platform. It'll be focused on all things digital music. There's a joke to be made here about the state of the internet, but we won't. It's too easy.
Some take working vacations. Others embrace the #vanlife. People are buying vans, transforming them into homes, and getting their work done from the road. If your company is returning to the office, this lifestyle might not be for you. But if you’re still into remote work, and working out of a van sounds awesome, here’s some advice from people who’ve tried it:
People often think of the digital divide as being just about broadband access, but it is also about understanding the needs and tech literacy levels across roughly six generations. Gen Z could help companies develop products and apps that better serve the needs of our communities, our country and our world.
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