From foundation to brink of bankruptcy and trillion-dollar market capitalisation, a potted history of Apple serves not only as a useful guide to market dynamics, but also teaches us a thing or two about behavioural economics, consumer psychology and the sustainability of the trends shaping the world we live in.
The three specific lessons the behemoth has reminded us of this week, are clichéd but true: first, don’t put all your eggs in one basket; second, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and finally, all good things must, indeed, come to an end.
On Thursday, Jonathan “Jony” Ive – Chingford’s greatest export to Silicon Valley – announced that he was leaving Apple after almost three decades to start his own company.
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Though his name may not enjoy the same folkloric connotations as Steve Jobs or Tim Cook, it’s no exaggeration that Apple simply wouldn’t exist as we know it if Ive hadn’t, in 1992, swapped the drab climes of London and his Hoxton Square office at a start-up called Tangerine, for the Californian sizzle and the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
He’s credited with designing the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad and MacBook. The success of his labour secured him long-term demi-god status across the famously fickle global tech community.
In 2013, he received a knighthood from the Queen for services to design and enterprise, and he’s thought to hold more than 5,000 patents. Last year he was awarded a Professor Hawking fellowship at Cambridge and his humble side-hustle is the chancellorship of London’s Royal College of Art. The Sunday Times est,上海品茶会所Jordan,imates his net worth to be £192m.
In large part thanks to Ive, several Apple products have achieved the kind of cult status that most other technology and consumer goods companies wouldn’t even dare dream of for one item. If a symbol existed to sum up the young metropolitan professional – style-conscious and well-travelled, liberal and connected, curious and ambitious – the iPhone would be it.
In October 2018, the twelfth generation of the device was launched. “Brilliant. In every way,” was the slogan, a motto that could also describe Apple’s nuanced ability to remain relevant throughout the ages; to walk the tightrope of risk and innovation in a way that others have hitherto failed.
But that brilliance is waning and Ive’s departure, while not exactly a key cause, might be an indicator of its malaise.
I’m far from alone in pointing out that Apple’s prosperity has become inextricably linked to the success of its flagship product, the iPhone. As consumer trends shift, that’s emerging to be a serious problem.
Smartphone sales across the world have stopped growing and yet more than half of Apple’s revenue comes directly from iPhone sales. But the likelihood that customers buy Apple apps or accessories is obviously dependent on whether they have an iPhone in the first place, so that statistic doesn’t actually sum up the true extent of Apple’s dependence on the phone: the number of eggs it has in one basket.
That’s the first of the company’s problems, but there’s another that could prove far more systemic, and this is where the second lesson comes in.
The world of tech has demoted the importance of aesthetics. The future of digital is not about sublime symmetry, perfect dimensions and glossy curvatures in just the right places, but about the very things we cannot see.
The industry is migrating from being hardware-centric to software-obsessed and that means Ive, a craftsman of the beautiful, and Apple, an expert in design, while unlikely to fade away any time soon, are losing their lustre.
Tomorrow is all about smart homes and artificial intelligence. The less we see of it the more desirable. There will always be a place in the world for those blessed with flawless taste, even in tech, but this next chapter is about the invisible process and not the gadget that can be flaunted in the front row at fashion week.
Ive’s decision to leave will no doubt deal a body blow to Apple. The share price slip in the aftermath of the news is testament to that. But it’s an inevitable development: technology is moving on and, as hardware takes a backseat, Silicon Valley’s cast of protagonists will reshuffle too. Apple’s proved a survivalist on several occasions in the past. Now it’s up to us – the consumers – to determine whether it can do so again.
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino was one of the Brazil stars who stepped up to take a penalty in Friday’s Copa America quarter-final shootout against Paraguay.
Despite the Reds’ attacker blazing his penalty wide, the host nation managed to advance into the semi,上海品茶QQJenson,-final stage.
Man City’s Gabriel Jesus tucked away the winning spot-kick as Tite’s side set up a showdown with Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
While some rival fans took to social media to mock the Liverpool star’s miss, his team-mate Fabinho has revealed Firmino’s true value for both club and country.
Speaking on a Brazilian podcast as cited by Sport Witness, the midfielder admitted the striker is ‘irreplaceable’ to Jurgen Klopp.
Fabinho said: “At Liverpool he is the perfect player there for that position. Because he’s a smart guy, a guy who helps a lot in the build-up.
“A guy that from time to time I see him on the side recoveringballs. I say, ‘Thanks, Firmino, cheers for the help’ (laughs).
“And with our characteristic of the two open players, he helps a lot because he scores goals and gives players the ball to score goals as well.
“And Klopp says that an irreplaceable player for him is Firmino.
“And I’m going to talk about my vision; I’ve always liked him a lot, but when you follow him every day, you realise that the guy is different. The guy is very good.”
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Last season the 27-year-old scored 16 goals in all competitions.
While his team-mates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ended the Premier League campaign as Golden Boot winners with 22 goals apiece, Firmino scored a respectable 12 as Klopp’s squad amassed a record 97 points.
The former Hoffenheim man also displayed his energetic work ethic on Liverpool’s route to Champions League glory.
On the Road to Madrid the striker scored the same number of goals (4) as Senegalese international Mane, while Salah’s spot-kick in the final narrowly edged the Egyptian out in front with five.
Having provided two assists and an unforgettable no-look goal against Peru, Firmino has more than played his part in Brazil’s route to the Copa America semi-finals.
And as Fabinho aptly put it: “the guy is different” – the Liverpool No.9 still has a part to play for the Selecao.
Tite’s men will do battle with Argentina on Wednesday.
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GETTING dumped is never nice but a thread on Twitter has divulged some of the funniest – and harshest – ,上海品茶会所Alyssa,ways women have been given the boot by their partners.
Some of the reasons included being unable to drive, flat out ghosting and not doing the “right voice” when reading aloud – before concluding with the statement: “The only polite way to break up with someone is to die”.
In a Twitter thread started by @radtoria, she asked: “What’s the worst way you’ve ever been dumped?” and the responses were incredible.
One replied with this fowl reason: “a dude told me that he couldn’t date me because I couldn’t drive and therefore, could not regularly bring him a rotisserie chicken.”
W,上海品茶微信Adelaide,hile another revealed her invitation must have got lost in the post, writing: “One of my friends was invited to his engagement party. I wasn’t invited. And we weren’t engaged.”
“They moved out while I was in the hospital,” was one utterly heartbreaking story.
What’s the worst way you’ve ever been dumped?
— ghost mom (@radtoria) June 26, 2019
While one found the funny side to her breakup: “I went over to the guy’s house to help him set up his new cell bc he was too stupid, and once it was set up he texted me breaking up with me while I was sitting right next to him. I got up to leave and he had the audacity to ask if I wanted him to walk me home lmaooo”
And forgetting to hit send meant an extra six months of dating for this woman: “A dude emailed me that he wanted to break up, but forgot to hit “send”. So for SIX MONTHS he went along with me thinking we were fine and still together. Then finally he was like “so like. I dumped you six months ago, so… why are we still hanging out everyday?””
One bloke took cheating to a whole new level, as his ex divulged: “Told me he just had too much family stuff going on. Both of us cried – I thought he meant his parents. Found out later his family was a wife and 5 kids…”
For this dumpee, it turned out her lack of comical voices was reason for getting the boot. She wrote: “It was his birthday. He asked me to read some of Lord of the Rings to him. I did but not in the “right voice” and this is how he dumped me. He also had dreads. AND called me for three years after this trying to hook up. Being 17 was a nightmare.”
Everton chaplain Reverend Harry Ross sadly passed away on Saturday morning.
Reverend Ross died peacefully aged 78, following a long illness.
Harry served as parish vicar for St. Luke’s, next door to Goodison Park, from 1977 until reluctantly retiring in 2010 – and served as the Blues’ club chaplain from 1994.
Prior to joining the church, Reverend Ross had been a mathematics teacher at St George of England High School in Bootle and was also a lay reader.
The 78-year-old was given the choice of four churches to join back in 1977, but famously said “that’s the one” when hearing St Luke’s as the second option – as he was a lifelong Evertonian.
Harry Ross was a trustee in the Everton Former Players Foundation and continued his work with them and as club chaplain after retiring as vicar as St Luke’s.
Reverend Ross took the funerals ofHarry Catterick,Brian Labone,Wally Fielding,Gordon West,Dave Hickson,Mick BuckleyandAndy King.
Harry also served a number of local schools as a governor.
A statement on Everton’s official website read: “Reverend Harry Ross was a hugely popular and endearingly familiar figure around Goodison Park. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, and the thoughts of everyone associated with the Football Club are with his wife Wendy and his sons Andrew and Philip.”
A number of Blues supporters have also shared,上海品茶工作室Tomas, their thoughts after the passing of a much-loved figure among the community.
Harry has been ill for some years, but I never heard him complain and he was always keen to stay involved in anything Everton. A lovely humble man who will be reaping his rewards with Dixie, Bally ,上海品茶QQMicheal,and the other dearly departed blues. Finally at peace Harry.
— Bren Connolly (@BlueBren) June 29, 2019
Such sad news, always had a kind and cheery word with me when i saw him at GP. RIP
— Hywel Jones (@HywelJones2) June 29, 2019
RIP Harry, a good man who did a brilliant job when doing a friend’s funeral a few years ago, made it really personal to him. Two massive Evertonians reunited. NSNO.
— Andy Forsyth (@Andy_Forsyth) June 29, 2019
Met him a couple of times. A real gent. RIP .
— Neil Blanchard (@Spartanblue67) June 29, 2019
Such a lovely man and great blue. So many good times with him. Prayers to his family and friends
— Andrew Lancel (@AndrewLancel) June 29, 2019
RIP Reverend Harry Ross, who passed away earlier this morning; one of the finest Evertonians and men of the cloth I ever knew. Lots of love, prayers and good wishes to Wendy, Phil and Andrew
— James Corbett (@james_corbett) June 29, 2019
STORMZY was flooded with praised for his Glastonbury 2019 set by Adele, Ed Sheeran and girlfriend Maya Jama.
The Croydon-born grime star, 25, was swamped with compliments from his famous friends when he headlined this year’s music extravaganza at Worthy Farm, Somerset, this weekend.
The Shut Up hitmaker became the first black British solo artist to top the bill at the festival since it began in 1970, when he took to the stage in a stab vest with the Union Jack emblazoned on the front.
Throughout his set he received the support of his partner who rapped along to every track, wh,上海品茶工作室Terry,ich was shared on her Instagram account alongside the caption “My LOVE.”
She then tweeted: “ICONICCCCCCCC.”
Ed Sheeran also took to Instagram to hail the rapper as an “inspiration”.
He wrote: “First black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury, second youngest to ever headline, and just an inspiration to so many.
“This is just the start, congrats big Mike, looking forward to see you do more achievements like this.”
While Adele shared: “I have love in abundance for this strong, sweet and honest man.
“I’m so proud of him, Stormzy just monumentally headlined Glastonbury in his own right with one album!!”
She continued: “The first Grime artist ever to do so, you respected every,上海品茶会所Adelaide,one that opened the door for you whilst opening a huge one yourself.
“You and your team are all so good, hard working and beautiful and deserve everything that comes your way.
“Its been a joy to watch you unfold at lightning speed with absolute grace. It’s actually crazy what you’ve done in less than 3 years, well done darling x.”
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A senior police officer has been ordered to Koh Tao island in the southern province of Surat Thani to in,上海品茶工作室Terry,vestigate charges by a British backpacker that local police refused to accept her complaint that she had been raped and robbed of her cellphone and 3,000 baht in cash.
Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakparn, deputy commissi,上海品茶微信Maurice,oner of Tourist Police Bureau, will visit Koh Tao tomorrow to investigate the case which was widely reported in British and Australian media. police.
The national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said he wanted the investigation into the case to be wrapped up in seven days. He threatened severe action against the local police officers if it could be proven that the British backpacker’s complaint was true.
However, the police chief said that the probe team would also look into the possibility that the tourist’s complaint was made up so that she could claim compensation from her insurance company for her loss of cellphone and cash.
Koh Pha-ngan police superintendent claimed that her complaint didn’t mention about rape or robbery. She filed a police report with a duty police officer on June 27 when she merely said that he cellphone and cash went missing. But when the duty officer suggested her to lodge the complaint with Koh Tao police, she declined, claiming it was inconvenient for her to travel there. She left Thailand on July 2.
Later on however, the rape and robbery charges appeared on a website with an allegation that the local police refused to accept her complaint of rape and robbery.
The Queen has arrived at the Scottish Parliament alongside the Duke of Rothesay for a special event taking place as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.
The Prince of Wales, who holds the title of the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, is accompanying his mother as she makes a speech to MSPs in the debating chamber.
The ceremony is taking place almost 20 years to the day since the Parliament officially assumed its legal powers on July 1, 1999 following devolution.
Some of the young people born on that date are joining MSPs to take part in the event.
Ahead of the Queen’s arrival, the Crown of Scotland was brought in a procession from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood, carried by the Duke of Hamilton and accompanied by the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards.
The royal party arrived at the Scottish Parliament at around 11am, wher,上海品茶QQamantha,e they were met by Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and repres,上海品茶工作室Ozan,entatives of the five parties at Holyrood.
The Queen is to make an address at the ceremony, while First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is also making a speech in response.
Ms Sturgeon tweeted earlier: “This morning, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of @ScotParl. In these two decades, the Parliament has become the democratic heart of our nation and delivered real progress. We now look towards a new decade and the next chapter in Scotland’s story.”
The chamber will also hear from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour’s Richard Leonard, Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie and Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott.
The speeches are being interspersed with cultural performances, including Scots Makar Jackie Kay reading her poem The Long View, written specially for the event and celebrating the changes in the 20 years since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened.
The chamber choir of the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Scottish folk musician Phil Cunningham and members of Celtic band Capercaillie are also performing.
Stuart MacMillan MSP will play Robert Burns’s A Man’s A Man For A’ That on the bagpipes as the Queen leaves the chamber.
After the ceremony, the Queen and Charles will attend a reception in the Parliament’s main hall and sign the visitors book.
When the Queen’s visit was first announced, Mr Macintosh said: “Since the Scottish Parliament was established nearly two decades ago, Her Majesty the Queen has given us her unwavering support.
“She addressed the newly elected MSPs in July 1999 as we assumed our legislative powers and she has visited Holyrood many times since. Each time with messages of friendship and support.
“It will be a pleasure to welcome Her Majesty and HRH the Duke of Rothesay to the Parliament once again as we celebrate our 20th year.”
The visit marks the ninth time the Queen has addressed the Scottish Parliament.
Her last speech to MSPs took place on July 2 2016 as part of celebrations marking the opening of the fifth session of the Parliament.
Charles last visited the Parliament in 2006 to attend a reception of the Prince’s Trust.
The ceremony on Saturday is part of a year-long programme of events to mark two decades of devolution.
Surat Thani provincial police insisted today that there was no rape case on Koh Tao island involving a British backpacker as ,上海品茶微信Ernesto,alleged in the social media.
Koh Pha-ngan police superintendent Pol Col Sathit Kongnian said during a video conference today with Pol Maj-Gen Apichart Boonsrirote, commander of Surat Thani provincial police, that on June 27, a British tourist identified as 20-year old Isbel Victoria Bakter lodged a complaint with Koh Pha-,上海品茶会所Linda,ngan police, saying that her cellphone and about 3,000 baht in cash had gone missing on Sai Ree beach on the scenic Koh Tao island on June 25.
He insisted that the complainant didn’t say she was robbed but merely said that the two items just went missing.
He said the duty officer then advised Ms Bakter to lodge her complaint with Koh Tao police as her belongings were reported to have gone missing there, but she claimed it was not convenient for her to go there and she merely wanted a police report so she could claim an insurance compensation.
The duty police officer made a copy of her complaint form and gave it to her, said Pol Col Sathit, stressing that the British backpacker did not complain of being raped and robbed as reported in the social media.
Ms Bakter left Thailand via the Suvarnabhumi international airport on the night of July 2.
Koh Tao police deputy superintendent Pol Lt-Col Napa Senathip disclosed that on August 8, a resort owner on Koh Tao island informed his men that he received a message from Ms Bacter that while vacationing on Koh Tao she was raped and robbed of her cellphone and 3,000 baht in cash and demanded him to be held accountable for the incident.
After receiving the information from the resort owner, Koh Tao police then checked video footages at the resort but found that all the footages on that particular day that the alleged crime took place had been automatically deleted, said Napa, adding that the police wanted to question the British backpacker but found she already left Thailand in July.
Pol Maj-Gen Apichart said he had instructed the police to trace the origin of the alleged rape report and found out that it came from a website which was registered abroad but used the name of a famous tourist destination in Surat Thani province.
He alleged that the same website had occasionally posted fake news to discredit Koh Tao since the murder of two British backpackers on the island in 2014.