Elon Musk throws shade at Apple and its rumored car project

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk threw some serious shade at Apple and its rumored car project in a recent interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. Business Insider shares the comments, in which Musk calls Apple a “graveyard” for Tesla employees who can’t hack it.

When asked about reports that Apple has hired away important Tesla engineers, Musk replied: “Important engineers? They’ve hired people we’ve fired. We jokingly call Apple the “Tesla Graveyard.” If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.” Read More


Security: how the ModMyi repo handles tweaks submissions

By Sébastien Page on Sep 17, 2015

Following up on our interview with BigBoss repo maintainer Optimo, today we talk to ModMyi co-founder Kyle Matthews who shares the security process and safeguards in place when new jailbreak tweaks are submitted to his repo. While complete security can’t be guaranteed, Matthews explains that the ModMyi repo has done an incredible job along the years to protect its users.

But as he notes, 100% security is impossible, and at the end of the day, the ultimate responsibility is held by jailbreak users themselves. Read on for a fascinating look into one of the most popular repositories on Cydia. Read More


Jony Ive talks Hermès Apple Watch partnership in new interview

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2015

In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple design chief Jony Ive reveals that the company spoke to Hermès regarding a possible Apple Watch partnership before the product was announced to the public last fall. “It’s something highly unusual for Apple to do—to talk about an unannounced project,” he explained.

For those who missed the news on Wednesday, Apple unveiled an all new Hermès edition of the Apple Watch that starts at $1,100. The device features custom watch faces, and a Hermès leather band that’s available in multiple colors and three different styles: double tour, single tour and cuff. Read More


Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to speak at upcoming Vanity Fair event

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple’s chief of design Jony Ive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine are set to speak at an upcoming Vanity Fair event. The publication just announced that the pair will join a cornucopia of tech and entertainment luminaries at its New Establishment Summit in October.

Ive spoke at last year’s VF New Establishment Summit, touching on a number of interesting topics such as his design process, relationship with Steve Jobs and thoughts on copycats. So we’re anxious to see what he has to say when this year’s event kicks off on October 5th. Read More


Apple designer Marc Newson criticizes auto industry over lack of progress

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2015

An interview with the world renown designer and recent Apple-hire Marc Newson popped up in The Wall Street Journal yesterday, covering a wide range of topics. The discussion yielded a number of interesting tidbits, including Newson’s thoughts on automotive design.

When asked what his design pet-peeve is, News responds unapologetically “the automotive industry.” He goes on to elaborate, “there were moments when cars somehow encapsulated everything that was good about progress. But right now we’re at the bottom of a trough.” Read More


Jimmy Iovine talks Apple Music, Taylor Swift and more in new interview

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2015

Newly-acquired Apple executive Jimmy Iovine sat down with Evening Standard’s Jimi Famurewa to talk about Apple Music this week. As you’d imagine, the former record label chairman-turned-Beats-co-founder has a lot to say about Apple’s new streaming service.

Perhaps one of the most interesting tidbits from the interview have to do with Taylor Swift’s infamous open letter to Apple. Iovine says that he woke up to the letter early that Sunday morning and immediately hopped on the phone to try and get the issue sorted out. Read More


Jeff Williams: the car is the ultimate mobile device

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2015

In addition to Apple Watch talk, Jeff Williams made some other interesting comments at the Code Conference on Wednesday. During his interview with Recode, Apple’s SVP of Operations seemingly confirmed the company’s rumored interest in cars.

“The car is the ultimate mobile device,” Williams nonchalantly noted, in response to a question regarding what the Cupertino firm will do with its staggering cash hoard beyond returning money to investors. “We are exploring a lot of different markets.” Read More


New report offers behind-the-scenes look at Apple-HBO deal

By Cody Lee on Apr 7, 2015

Alongside Tuesday’s launch of HBO’s new standalone streaming service, HBO Now, Fast Company published a wide-ranging interview with the network’s chief executive Richard Plepler. The piece offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Now came about, and more interesting to us, how Apple got involved.

As Plepler tells it, HBO had been working on a streaming service for a few years, with plans to launch in 2016. But due to increasing competition from Netflix, and a looming takeover bid from media mogul Rubert Murdoch, they decided to speed up the timetable. So he gave his old friend Jimmy Iovine a call. Read More


Tim Cook calls into CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’, talks ResearchKit, Apple Pay and more

By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2015

It seemed like just another episode of Mad Money, CNBC’s polarizing financial TV show, until host Jim Cramer took a call from “Tim in California.” As you’ve probably guessed by now, it was Apple CEO Tim Cook on the line, prompting cheers from a surprised studio.

Cook began the call by congratulating Cramer on “10 great years of Mad Money,” but it was clear he had other things to talk about. The first thing was ResearchKit, Apple’s medical research app platform it unveiled on Monday, which as already had over 10,000 signups. Read More


Jony Ive and Marc Newson to open ‘Conde Nast Luxury Conference’ in April

By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2015

Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson are going to open the inaugural ‘Conde Nast Luxury Conference,’ Vogue announced today. The event will be held on April 22nd and 23rd, in Florence, Italy, and will focus on the future of luxury and technology.

“Apple is now a powerful part of the luxury industry,” said International Vogue Editor and conference chief Suzy Menkes. “The iPhone, iPad, and the forthcoming Apple Watch are in direct competition with handbags, timepieces and high-end accessories.” Read More


Interview: TaiG team offers elusive answers to important questions

By Sébastien Page on Dec 30, 2014

The first time we heard about TaiG was a year ago, when the evad3rs released the evasi0n7 jailbreak, bundling the Chinese installer to their jailbreak utility for users in China. Long story short, TaiG wasn’t what the evad3rs thought it was, as it was clearly an installer that facilitated piracy. A backlash followed, which led to evad3rs unbundling TaiG from their tool. But it was too late. Damage was done. Reputation was tarnished. TaiG then stuck in our heads as the embodiment of piracy in a country we culturally don’t understand.

Fast-forward to November 2014 and the unexpected release of the TaiG jailbreak for iOS 8.1.1. It came out of nowhere and surprised everybody, and despite the sour taste TaiG had left in the community a year before, we were all quick to forget all about it. For most people, having a jailbreak for the latest software version was all that mattered.

If the TaiG jailbreak was one of the most popular of the year, the company behind it still remains quite a mystery, at least here in the US. Who is the team behind the TaiG jailbreak? Maybe more importantly, what is TaiG, the company, and what does it do? What are its goals?

We reached out to the TaiG jailbreak team, comprised of a single member, and tried to ask those embarrassing questions. As you can see below, the answers are short and don’t address the main points, usually avoiding the question altogether. Besides a few elusive replies to important questions, we do get a few interesting answers about the future of the TaiG jailbreak. Read More


Full video of Apple VP Greg Joswiak’s Code Mobile interview now available

By Cody Lee on Nov 12, 2014

In October, Apple’s VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak participated in an on-stage interview at Recode’s inaugural Code/Mobile conference. During the 30-minute discussion, Joswiak talked about several topics including the iOS 8.0.1 debacle, Apple Pay and more.

Since Joswiak isn’t on Apple’s senior executive team, we don’t get to see him talk very often, but he offers up some interesting information in this interview. We already covered some of the major highlights here, but now you can watch the whole thing on the video below. Read More


The Wall Street Journal posts full video of Tim Cook interview

By Cody Lee on Nov 10, 2014

In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook participated in an interesting on-stage interview at The Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJ.D Live conference. During the 30-minute discussion, Cook talked about several topics including Apple Pay, Apple Watch and more.

Of course, Cook has done a handful of high profile interviews in recent months, but he does divulge some new details regarding Apple and its products during this talk. We covered some of the highlights here, but now you can watch the whole thing on video. Read More


Trent Reznor talks new role at Apple in Billboard interview

By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2014

Adding to the stack of Apple executive interviews we’ve seen in recent weeks, Billboard has published an article with Beats’ Trent Reznor today, where he discusses his new role in Cupertino and what he’s been working on.

Reznor is of course the frontman for the rock band Nine Inch Nails, a film score composer, and the Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. He came over to Apple with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine following the Beats acquisition. Read More


Apple’s Greg Joswiak apologizes for iOS 8.0.1 bug, blames it on distribution

By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2014

Continuing with their high profile interviews, Recode’s Ina Fried and Walt Mossberg brought Apple’s VP of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak up on stage today at their Code/Mobile event. The trio discussed a number of topics, including Apple Pay, Apple Watch and Apple’s recent software woes.

Given the nature of the questions, and Apple’s devotion to PR control, a lot of Joswiak’s answers sound very similar to things we’ve heard Tim Cook say recently. However, Fried and Mossberg do manage to pry some original, interesting tidbits from the executive during the course of their talk. Read More


Tim Cook talks Apple Watch battery, Apple Pay numbers and more in WSJ interview

By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2014

Tim Cook took the stage earlier tonight at the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJ.D Live conference at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach, California. The CEO participated in a lengthy interview, as well as a Q&A session, which produced some pretty interesting tidbits regarding Apple and its products.

Of course, given that Cook has done a handful of high profile interviews in recent months, you’ve probably heard some of the stuff mentioned at tonight’s event. However, he does offer up some new information regarding Apple Watch battery life, why the iPod classic was discontinued, and other morsels. Read More


You can now watch Jony Ive’s full Vanity Fair interview online

By Cody Lee on Oct 17, 2014

Earlier this month, Apple SVP Jony Ive participated in a brilliant on stage interview at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. The design chief talked about a wide range of topics, including Apple’s design process and his thoughts on copycats.

As an executive of one of the most secretive companies in the world, Ive rarely speaks so candidly—especially on stage, so as you can imagine, the event went viral. Well now you can see what all of the commotion was about, as the full interview has been posted online. Read More


Jony Ive talks Apple design process, copycats and more in new interview

By Cody Lee on Oct 10, 2014

Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, gave an onstage interview last night at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. The executive was among several Silicon Valley elite to participate in the conference, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, and Astro Teller from Google X.

Although Ive has participated in several interviews over the years, his appearance on stage is a rare one—rumor has it that he doesn’t like speaking in front of large crowds. The discussion covered a number of interesting topics, including how Apple goes about designing its new products, life lessons from Steve Jobs, and more. Read More


Bloomberg talks to Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and other execs about Apple Watch and more

By Cody Lee on Sep 17, 2014

“With an Apple Watch wrapped around his hand brass-knuckle style, Ive reveals that the project was conceived in his lab three years ago, shortly after Jobs’s death and before “wearables” became a buzzword in Silicon Valley.” This is just one of the many interesting anecdotes in Bloomberg’s new piece on Apple.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone and Adam Satariano interviewed several Apple executives, including Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Jeff Williams, after their big event last week. The conversations cover a wide range of topics, including the new Apple Watch, iPhone 6, and how the culture is changing in Cupertino. Read More


Tim Cook talks user privacy in part 2 of Charlie Rose interview

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2014

PBS has posted a new clip of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose to YouTube this evening. The two-part interview, of which the first half aired on Friday night and the second half airs tonight, covers a wide range of topics, including Steve Jobs, the Apple Watch and more.

The latest clip sees Cook talking with Rose about user privacy, and how Apple approaches the hot button issue. Cook explains that Apple isn’t in the business of collecting user data, and it purposefully designs its services—email, iMessage, etc.—to collect as little of it as possible. Read More

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