This past week was a lesson in how the most financially stable company in the world plays Monopoly. Apple’s incredible stockpile of cash allows them to take risks, burn down walls, and create bridges, all with a simple flick of the wrist. I’m excited with the announcements, sure, but I’m far more intrigued with the capabilities — and the potential — of a company with more cash than the American government. The innovation the company stirs two or three times a year is simply magnificent to watch.
Then, in another spectrum, Sony decided to drop on atomic bomb. A 42.4 megapixel full-frame sensor — in a mirrorless camera — is out of this world. The reviews will surely pile up over the summer and I sincerely hope the rabbit hole doesn’t become too large.
And lastly, I’ll admit to changing my system font on my iMac to the new, drool-worthy San Francisco. When I originally saw San Francisco with the Apple Watch’s release, I was unimpressed. It felt far too machine-like for me. But something clicked recently1 and I’ve installed it everywhere I can. iOS 9 should feel right at home when it lands in the fall.
As always, there’s a lineup of great reads below. If you’ve got some time this afternoon, grab some cold lemonade or iced tea and read away.
- What is Code? — (Paul Ford - Bloomberg Business)
- People from Myawaddy, the door to Myanmar — (Gonzalo Broto)
- From the Edge of the Earth - iPhone Wallpaper — (Dan Hawk)
- Marrying a Monster — (Narratively)
- Field Notes “Workshop Companion” - Summer 2015 Colors Edition - Review — (Ed Jelley)
- Why I’m Breaking Up With the Apple Watch — (Vanessa Friedman - The New York Times)
- The Muse — (Text/Plain) via The Pickle Theory
- The Talk Show: Live From WWDC 2015 — (Daring Fireball)
- Live with Phil — (Marco.org)
- On iOS badges and information density — (Hypertext) via The Brooks Review
- Sony Drops the Mic — (Admiring Light)
- Honey, I shrunk the X-T1! – The Fujifilm X-T10 review — (Mirror Lessons)
- 3 Phases of Financial Indicators for Startups — (Danielle Morrill)
- How Many Megapixels Do You Need? — (The Phoblographer)
- 2015 MacBook Review! — (Marques Brownlee)
- The Four Stages of Life — (Mark Manson)
- The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes — (Forbes)
- Object of Intrigue: The Most Beautiful Banknote in U.S. History — (Atlas Obscura) via Coudal Partners
- Jurassic World Theme — (The Piano Guys)
- How to Build a Meaningful Career — (Harvard Business School) via Analog Senses
- The Misfits of Reddit Aren’t Leaving — (Digg)
Maybe it’s been all the iOS 9 beta screenshots with San Francisco plastered everywhere. Those screenshots have led to more than just a font install — I spent a pile of money on a writing suite recently after seeing some screenshots on Twitter. More on that in a bit. ↩