Nov. 29, 2012
- A few weeks after it made major changes to its executive ranks when it fired Scott Forstall, SVP of iOS software, and John Browett, SVP of retail, another firing made news this week. This time it was Richard Williamson, who oversaw the development of Apple's much-maligned iOS 6 Maps app. Not a big surprise, I guess, but a bold move from Eddy Cue, who's now in charge of that aspect of iOS (among others).
- Following up on Forstall's firing, Tony Fadell, one of the original creators of the iPod, told the BBC this week that Forstall "got what he deserved." Ouch. Fadell is now one of the people behind the Nest thermostat, which I got a few weeks ago and is pretty awesome.
- Another day, another promise to improve labor conditions. But not from Apple. This time, it's Samsung promising improve practices at its Chinese factories. I can't help but imagine that, if all other manufacturers in China got the same scrutiny that Apple's partners do, we'd hear these stories all the time.
- The somewhat delayed iTunes 11 may make its appearance today, according to the Wall Street Journal. It's going to be a major overhaul, so I'm anxious to get my hands on it.
- Still no developments on whether Apple is going to be making its own HDTV, but they've got at least one prominent backer for the idea. Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes recently endorsed the idea. If cable/studio heads are getting on board, it seems like obstacles to the TV could be falling.