Business | Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Past Tense Steve Jobs tried to create a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley. As one former Apple engineer put it, "It wasn't great for business." Workers assembling Macintosh computers at Apple's factory in Fremont, Calif. March. 5, 1984. Credit Credit Terrence McCarthy for The New York Times Supported by ByJohn Markoff Dec. 15, 2018 In 1988, when Jean-Louis Gassée took a close look at Apple’s “highly automated” Macintosh factory in Fremont, Calif., what he saw was not pretty. Mr. Gassée, His experience assembling a Macintosh computer display and then stuffing chips into a computer motherboard is an important part of the story behind the artful language on the iPhone box — “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” After Apple announced a … [Read more...] about Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.
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Christopher Curley, provided by Published 10:07 am PST, Thursday, November 29, 2018 Hollis Johnson/Business Insider I've grown up with Apple computers my entire life, starting with a model released the year I was born (1986). Apple's design choices have been increasingly hostile to users who want to make even the smallest improvements to their devices themselves. I've decided my current MacBook Pro laptop will be my last; Apple's just not the computer company for me anymore — and they probably agree. For most of my life, I've been more than just an Apple fanboy — I've been an Apple disciple. My first computer was a Macintosh 512Ke, released the year I was born (1986), and I've been using Apple computers ever since. I once got thrown out of a class in fifth grade for pitching a fit when my teacher had the gall to suggest that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates worked together to create the Mac. I was on that level of frankly embarrassing devotion to Apple (and … [Read more...] about I’ve used Apple computers my entire life. Here’s why I’m never buying one again.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mapillary, a Malmö, Sweden-based map technology startup, has hired a computer vision expert away from Apple Inc, the company said Wednesday. Till Quack, who worked at Apple as an engineering manager overseeing augmented reality and self-driving efforts, will become Mapillary’s vice president of product, the company told Reuters. Quack had earlier worked at chipmaker Qualcomm Inc after selling a startup to the San Diego company in 2014. Mapillary was founded after CEO Jan Erik Solem himself left Apple in 2013 after selling his facial recognition startup, Polar Rose, to the iPhone maker in 2010. Mapillary aims to solve one of the most expensive problems in mapping: keeping maps up to date with so-called “street level data” about street signs, addresses and other information that can be observed from the road. The way big companies such as Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple Inc solve the problem is by sending out fleets of vehicles … [Read more...] about Mapping startup hires Apple computer vision expert
Feature By Stephen Silver Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12:08 pm PT (03:08 pm ET) Apple has acknowledged the need to do something about its butterfly keyboards in the MacBook and MacBook Pro. AppleInsider takes a look at how the latest repair program compares to some others throughout Apple history. On Friday, Apple announced a new service program for nine late-model MacBook and MacBook Pro models, released between early 2015 and late 2017, in relation to issues with keyboard functionality. All of the models utilize Apple's butterfly key mechanism that it launched with the MacBook. Under the terms of the program, owners of those models who have suffered those issues can take their MacBook to Apple itself or an authorized repair shop. The stores will examine the computers and, if necessary, replace individual keys or even the entire keyboard. Also, owners of those MacBooks who have already paid for related repairs may request a refund. Apple customers have been complaining about the … [Read more...] about How the MacBook Pro keyboard service program compares to Apple’s others
Once, long ago in a previous epoch of technology, Apple Computer, Inc. commissioned a new headquarters in Northern California just as it began losing its position as a leader in personal computing tech in the early 90s. Could history repeat itself in our modern era? History repeats, always with a twist As Apple more recently embarked upon its massive modern expansion at Apple Park, pundits crafted a narrative claiming the company was fated to suffer from an 'arrogant construction hubris' and ultimately fail. There's certainly no sign of that supposed "Curse of the Edifice Complex" today, a few years later as Apple expands even further beyond Apple Park with surrounding buildings--including its monumentally lavish Visitors Center in Cupertino--and the nearby Apple Campus 3.The future outlook for Apple appears to have always been pretty wrong. The same kind of handwringing over Apple Park didn't occur over thirty years ago when the company was completing its first major campus back in … [Read more...] about Editorial: Will Apple’s 1990’s “Golden Age” collapse repeat itself?