Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scott Forstall interview to be live streamed tonight →

UPDATE Direct Link to stream provided above.

Computer History Museum’s account just tweeted the following regarding tonight’s interview with Scott Forstall and some of the original iPhone Engineers.

It would have been nice for them to use something other than Facebook, but here’s their page.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scott Forstall interview tonight, ‘The One Device’ launches

Two quick reminders for the day…

Scott Forstall will be speaking with a few of the original iPhone Engineers at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View tonight at 6pm Pacific. No word on if the event will be recorded, but I’m sure we’ll hear all about the juicy details soon enough.

Also, ‘The One Device’ by Brian Merchant has launched today, purportedly giving a glimpse into the launch of the original iPhone. Already the book is being met with conflict when Phil Schiller refuted the claims Tony Fadell made against him, which Fadell then walked back.

The New York Times and USA Today both found the book to be lacking and disliked its use of filler.

The New York Times:

The iPhone is designed for maximum efficiency and compactness. “The One Device” isn’t. The three chapters on the development of the iPhone are the heart of the book, but there’s some filler too. It’s curiously unilluminating to read a metallurgical analysis of a pulverized iPhone, or to watch Merchant trudge around the globe on a kind of iCalvary in search of the raw materials Apple uses — through a Stygian Bolivian tin mine and a lithium mine in the Chilean desert and an e-waste dump in Nairobi where many iPhones end up.

USA Today:

In a nutshell, Merchant’s book dwells on Apple’s penchant for secrecy (old news, don’t we all know this?) and expands beyond the basic story of the device’s birth with long passages on the history of touch screen, gyroscopes and other smartphone features.

As I said before, take these sorts of books with a grain of salt. Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’ book was known to have its flaws, for example.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 20: Scott Forstall, original iPhone engineers to discuss iPhone’s genesis →

Everyone’s a-buzz about the iPhones tenth anniversary, and rightfully so. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View announced they will be hosting a conversation, ‘Putting Your Finger On It: Creating the iPhone’ on June 20. Guests include original iPhone Engineers Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, Hugo Fiennes, as well as original iPhone Software Team Leader Scott Forstall in conversation with John Markoff, Museum Historian.

How did iPhone come to be? On June 20, four members of the original development team will discuss the secret Apple project, which in the past decade has remade the computer industry, changed the business landscape, and become a tool in the hands of more than a billion people around the world.

This announcement comes after the now-refuted words of Brian Merchant’s book, ‘The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone’, set to arrive on June 20 as well. If you haven’t read the excerpt, it’s quite interesting. Just take anything written about Apple with a grain of salt, as evidenced.

6/15/17 at 7:44am Pacific

In a special episode of the Vergecast, Brian Merchant says:

“So I wasn’t in the room at Apple 10, 15 years ago when this would have happened,” says Merchant, who has the exchange on tape. “But this is a quote verbatim as Tony Fadell who was in the room told it to me. He told me this quote in such detail and he gave such a vivid account, and I had no reason to believe it was untrue.”

Scott Forstall faded into the crowd after his departure from Apple. The last we heard, he was producing Broadway musicals (‘Fun Home’ and ‘Eclipse’, to note). He even won a Tony for ‘Fun Home’.

There’s no doubt how integral Scott was to the creation of the iPhone’s software, but his leave from Apple was less than amicable. This should be a really interesting interview from his perspective, as well as the engineers.