Apple rings in the new year by tooting its own horn

From “Apple services entertain, inform, and connect the world in unprecedented year” posted Wednesday:

As the world navigated an ever-changing new normal of virtual learning, grocery deliveries, and drive-by birthday celebrations, customers relied on Apple services in new ways, turning to expertly curated apps, news, music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, and more to stay entertained, informed, connected, and fit.

Apps like ShareTheMeal, FaceTime, and Wakeout! inspired people to give back, stay in touch with loved ones, and take care of themselves. Ted lassoed the hearts of Apple TV+ viewers with his unremitting positive attitude, while Tom Hanks guided them through choppy waters in “Greyhound,” and Apple Music fans searched for the “Dance Monkey” lyrics while watching their favorite artists livestream from their homes. There were podcasts like “SmartLess” and NPR’s “Code Switch” to binge, Apple Arcade games like “Sneaky Sasquatch” to play, and a new favorite Apple Fitness+ workout waiting to be discovered…

“Now more than ever before, customers around the world have found inspiration and value in the breadth and quality of Apple’s services, which have impacted their lives in big and small ways every day,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re incredibly optimistic about where we’re headed, and we believe that the opportunities for developers and the creative community are endless, as are the positive and meaningful benefits to our customers.”

Highlights — the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, Fitness+, Apple Pay, Apple Arcade, Apple Books, Apple Podcasts, iCloud, Family Sharing, the whole grab bag of revenue-generating services — follow.

My take: Eddy Cue is still around?


  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    “… Eddy Cue is still around?”

    Something says to me that the nexus of personal relationships between Steve Jobs and those with whom he relied on when he returned to regenerate and reinvigorate Apple in 1997, always will be around as Apple Fellows, holding an emeritus status and associated with the company in that vein as much as they desire; teaching, lecturing, mentoring, consulting, or whatever. The irony is Jony Ive most likely won’t be a part of that group because he looked to “bail,” and that is unpalatable in the Apple culture.

    January 6, 2021
    • Kirk DeBernardi said:
      @ Jerry Doyle and all —

      Jony Ive. Just a thought.

      I can’t help but think that, while pursuing a certain freedom by starting his own design company, Jony may be feeling a bit of the “putting on the show” with no audience.

      He may desire a personal self-controlled refinement of his craft, but satisfying few as compared to the rapturous and growing audience he had with Apple.

      If he has the heart of a designer, then there’s probably little issue.

      If he moreover has the heart of a performer, one is left wondering.

      January 6, 2021
      • Kirk DeBernardi said:
        Although I DO hold out that he probably had something to do with the design of AirPods Max.

        January 6, 2021
      • Gregg Thurman said:
        Jony Ive. Just a though

        In my opinion, Ive is an intensely private person who does seek, nor desire, the glare of publicity.

        Moving away from his association with Apple was a personal issue. That does not mean that he doesn’t continue to work on Apple projects, he just does it now without the media circus swirling overhead.

        I’ll bet he’s deeply involved with the next big thing at Apple (AppleCar?).

        January 6, 2021
        • Kirk DeBernardi said:
          @ Gregg Thurman —

          I trust you’re right, Gregg. Seeking great design is probably it’s own satisfying award to a man like Jony.

          Since his departure, I’ve often thought that he was able to best effectively promote good design by attaining the world’s attention through his employment at Apple and often speaking to such, versus the “where’s Jony” of today.

          On the car — I can’t imagine Tim Cook would go forward at all without Jony’s assistance.

          Time will tell.

          January 7, 2021
  2. Steven Philips said:
    Apple car!
    Who’s your friend?
    Jony!!!! (splat!)

    January 6, 2021

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