This week was the 10 year anniversary of the keynote address at which Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone, and there were a lot of stories to commemorate that milestone. Apple VP Phil Schiller spoke with Steven Levy of Backchannel, and the result was a really interesting article. Tony Fadell, the main person behind the iPod at Apple who also worked on the iPhone, shared some stories of the origin of the iPhone with Dave Lee of BBC. Jason Snell of Six Colors, one of the first members of the press to use a pre-production iPhone, provided an interesting perspective. And if that isn't enough for you, Brian McCullough of Internet History Podcast provides an extensive history on the creation of the iPhone. It has been fun to think about, talk about, and then use the iPhone for the last 10 years. And now, the news of note from the past week:
- South Carolina attorney Jack Pringle (and one of my law partners) takes a look back at the Apple vs. FBI case and discusses privacy issues in an article for the January edition of SC Lawyer.
- South Carolina attorney Justin Kahn explains on his iPad Notebook website how to use the Notes Plus app to convert handwriting into text on an iPad.
- For the third year in a row, Greenpeace named Apple one of the greenest technology companies in the world, as reported by Anmar Frangoul of CNBC.
- Zac Hall of 9to5Mac discusses some of the most promising gadgets at CES coming out in 2017 that are compatible with Apple's HomeKit technology, including security cameras, light switches and outlets.
- Jon Mitchell shows off a ton of different faces for his Apple Watch that he uses. Impressive.
- Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac reports that, if you have extra currency as you leave the country in a number of countries, you can use kiosks at the airport to convert your foreign currency into iTunes credits.
- Jon Fingas of Engadget reports that, as of this week, all New York City subway stations now have cell phone service.
- And finally, Apple released a new video called "Take Mine" to show off the portrait mode feature of the iPhone 7 Plus. The photography is excellent and the subjects are fascinating. Nice way to show off the feature: