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Inside Apple (Jun 28th, 2019)

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1. Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, a 30-year veteran and close collaborator with Steve Jobs, is leaving Apple at the end of this year. Ive is starting a design consultancy called LoveFrom. According to Apple’s press release, Apple will be “among its primary clients.” Ive’s CDO position will not be filled; Evans Hankey will become the first woman to lead Industrial Design, and Alan Dye will lead Human Interface, both reporting to COO Jeff Williams. Ive’s departure has been a long time coming and was accurately predicted at the beginning of his drawn out departure. — FINANCIAL TIMES

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2. Apple has promoted 24-year veteran Sabih Khan to its executive team as SVP of Operations. Khan will oversee Apple’s global supply chain, still reporting to Chief Operations Officer Jeff Williams. Astute Apple watchers will remember Khan as the person dispatched immediately to China when Tim Cook asked, “Why are you still here?” in a meeting early in Cook’s tenure in Apple Ops. Cook is clearly glad Khan is still here after that. Why the promotion? With Jony Ive’s departure, the Design leads now also report to Williams, so Khan’s promotion compensates for Williams’ expanded responsibilities. Some Apple observers are concerned by this apparent subordination of Design under Operations, but Williams is widely seen as a CEO candidate, so it’s good for him to get familiar with the design portfolio. — APPLE

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3. #FollowFriday: @benthompson

Ben Thompson is the writer of Stratechery, a respected long-form tech analysis blog and a paid newsletter with daily updates. He’s an MBA’d strategist and also has a design degree, and he worked at Apple, Microsoft, and Automattic before going indie as an analyst and making it big.

He’s too easy of a choice for #FollowFriday, really, except that he needs to be recognized this week for his total bullseye about the timing of Jony Ive’s departure. If you need any proof that Thompson understands Apple, consider that of the many people celebrating themselves for calling that Ive was leaving Apple four years ago, Thompson is the one who called that it would happen in four years.

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4. Apple, like any large organization, makes decisions as a complex, political body, not by the rational actions of a few known individuals. It chooses to make particular employees known and publicly visible to communicate a particular story, but that doesn’t mean those people are the only ones who matter in Apple’s trajectory. It’s important to keep that in mind when considering the meaning of big executive departures. — ASYMCO

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5. Apple will produce the 2019 Mac Pro in China. Quanta Computer Inc. is preparing to produce the $6,000 machine at a factory outside Shanghai. Apple made a big deal about producing the previous 2013 model in the U.S. It’s strange timing given that the Trump Administration is putting intense pressure on tech companies to stop producing things in China and move operations to the U.S., threatening punitive tariffs on the imports. — WALL STREET JOURNAL

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6. Apple Music now has over 60 million paying subscribers worldwide, including users on the three-month free trial. That number is up from 56 million in December. Spotify announced at the end of Q1 of 2019 that it has 100 million paying subscribers worldwide, but Apple overtook Spotify in the U.S. in April. — MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE

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7. Apple has hired ad agency exec Nick Law for a new role as VP of Marcom Integration. “Marcom” is marketing and communications in Apple-ese. Law will develop a new “digital-first” approach to Apple’s ads, retail, and media strategy. — ADWEEK

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8. We now know about 458,000 15-inch MacBook Pros are implicated in the safety recall in the U.S. and Canada. The batteries in these previous-generation computers can overheat and catch fire. — CPSC

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9. Ivan Krstic, Apple’s Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, will speak at the Black Hat security conference on August 8. He says it will be the “first public discussion of several key technologies new to iOS 13 and the Mac.” — CULT OF MAC

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10. Apple will now sell the One Drop blood glucose monitor in Apple Stores. This is the first diabetes product Apple will offer in stores. One Drop has good integration with Apple’s Health app. — CNBC

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Jon Mitchell has been a tech journalist since 2010. He covered Apple, Google, and the societal effects of social media for the storied blog ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite). He co-hosts Internet Friends, a podcast about life online with occasional lengthy digressions into Apple news. He’s the author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times from Parallax Press. He has recently, reticently returned to Twitter at @ablaze.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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