Saturday, May 31, 2014

Design Inspiration: Health Tech

Apple is expected to announce a health app initiative at WWDC 2014 on Monday, as part of iOS 8.  The center of this initiative is expected to be an app called Healthbook.  It addition I think there will be an API and perhaps a health focused app ecosystem as well.

The rumors about Healthbook have been circulating for months.  And just yesterday MacRumors discovered that trademarks for Healthbook, HealthKit, and iResearch had been filed months ago, likely by or on the behalf of Apple.

I think this will be huge.  Competitors are already begin to ship simple products and announce plans for bigger things.

Friday, May 30, 2014

WWDC iOS 8 Banner Hinting at Something ?

iOS 8 Banner at WWDC 2014
iOS 8 Banner at WWDC 2014
When the iOS 8 banner went up today at Moscone Center for WWDC 2014, I noticed something interesting.  It’s water background.  Reminiscent of the OS X Mavericks banner that went up last year and very different than the iOS 7 banner also at WWDC 2013.

Is something meaningful behind this ?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Apple Acquires Beats: Something Big is in the Works

The tech rumor mill has been buzzin’ very loudly all month about Apple acquiring Beats.  And now it’s actually happened.

It’s the biggest acquisition that Apple has ever done, so that in itself, makes this very significant.  Apple’s strategy, unlike many tech titans, is to do small, strategic acquisitions.  And they do a lot.  But they are very smart and very quiet about it.  They decide what tech they want, then decide to build or buy it, and go for it.  Some are just for R&D and don’t evolve into a product or product feature, but many do.

By contrast, Beats brings with it fully mature and very well known products - entire product lines actually.  Which is another thing that makes this acquisition very different for Apple.