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Shawn Blanc is the second person that I've seen who has written about having a blank home screen on their iPhone in the name of productivity.

Or at least the friction to wasting time on their iPhone.

I have a blank home screen on my PIxel 4. But, that is not for some productivity hack or friction to wasting time on my phone. It's simply because I love being able to see my background without a bunch of junk over it.

I find that the way Android handles app icons is far more ideal than iOS. Simply because if you install an app on Android you do not have to have an app icon on your home screen.

So John Gruber does understand monopoly and competition when it involves Google, but not when it involves Apple. Interesting.

Competition isn’t the right word. Yes, there are competing search engines, clearly. The right word is monopoly,

The exact thing could have been said about Apple's iBook store and Amazon's Kindle store when the Justice Department sued Apple in 2013. By artificially inflating the prices of book across both stores by colluding with publishers, Apple tried to take away the competition that Amazon was giving Apple.

Funny how he doesn't connect the two things though.

Once again John Gruber shows he still doesn't understand why the Justice Department went after Apple for eBooks in 2013

Time for the Justice Department to investigate Apple’s music business.

The monoploy that the Justice Department sued Apple for was because they were price fixing ebooks in the iBooks store with the largest publishers, not because they had more customers for digital books than Amazon.

It is not serprising that Amazon can scale services better and faster than Apple; they have been doing that for years.

Matt at birthtree thinks Apple gave us a glimpse of the future with the iPhone X.

What was so radical about the iPhone X versus the iPhone 8?

No headphone jack.
No home button.

Same rectangle of glass (different type) and same OS.

Not very radical, or future looking to me.

Apple hired John Giannandrea to lead their Machine Learning team. Since his profile was updated on Apple's website yesterday, the regular technology news websites are writing stories about how the teams will work because ... there was a change on the website we must create content for. As usual, John Gruber chimed in with his thoughts on the "news" of the organization

This exactly what I expected after they announced the hiring of Giannandrea. It takes Siri and ML off Craig Federighi’s plate, and allows Giannandrea to report directly to Tim Cook.

Of course, this lists the three white men who lead Apple's team but, has no mention of how many people are included in the team or how this compares to the size of Amazon's or Google's teams. I'm more interested to learn if Apple is indeed taking Siri seriously by putting more brains into the project to try to make Siri better or if they are just hoping that one smart white man will be able to deligate work to the same size of team that has allowed Siri to languish as the last place voice assisstant.

On April 3, the New York Times reported

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Many technology focused blogs picked up this news and started claiming it as proof that Apple is now taking AI seriously and working on improving Siri to the level of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. I don't doubt that Apple is working to improve Siri. In fact, I would be shocked if they were not working to improve Siri.

I have a hard time believing that one man, one executive is proof that Apple is taking A.I. more seriously than before. Mr. Giannadrea will be in charge of a team of employees and reporting to Cook so, it is not likely that he will be the one writing the code that will make Siri understand questions better. He will, most likely, not be the one updating database code to handle more queries more quickly. He will be laying down the bigger, future forward road map of the internal process of updating Siri.

I am not saying that is not an important part of improving Siri but, the idea that Mr. Giannandrea will single-handedly improve Siri is a bit of a stretch.

Many, many, people have written about the Jony Ive interview from the Wall Street Journal. I haven't read it, I probably won't. I have read what people decided to comment about from the article.

The thing that caught my attention the most is the comments on how the work spaces were designed. Specifically, Apple going to an open office in the new building instead of closed offices in their current location.

They have mostly boiled down to people either saying it's good or bad depending on how they view open offices themselves. Of course, work spaces are not that simple for the simple fact that work spaces are filled with people. And people are complicated. Some like to interact while doing their jobs, some don't, and some can do both.

It all boils down to how the individual works. One thing is for sure: there will be an adjustment time when Apple employees move into the new building.


I would love for Apple to update the home screen in iOS to allow me the ability to not have all of my app icons on the home screen.

I am tired of the screen of icons that was introduced with the iPhone in 2007. I don't believe that I am the only one.

With the introduction of search for apps, the app icon on the home screen requirement does not make sense. If an app is installed and searchable then, why do I have to have the icon on the home screen? It leads to clutter and useless folders.

My ideal setup is to have my most used apps in the dock and the rest nowhere to be seen so that I can see whatever wallpaper I have chosen at the time.

The way the home screen works is that I would have to shove everything into a folder and then move that folder to a different screen. I just want one screen.