This week, Wired dropped a glossy cover story on Apple’s massive new campus, which will be known as Apple Park.
The approximately 6,000-word story mentions a specially-designed pizza box that enables Apple employees to take a pizza from the company’s posh food court, Caffè Macs, back to their desk area, or pod, without the pie getting soggy.
The box isn’t new, and was actually patented seven years ago:
The box is just coming into the public consciousness now, however, so The Outline obtained one — sent by a source directly from one of Apple’s California campuses — in order to conduct a hands-on review. Here are our first impressions.
Never thought I’d link to a blog post about a box to hold leftover pizza, but here we are.
According to Christina Farr at CNBC, Tim Cook has been test-driving a glucose monitor somehow tied to an Apple Watch:
A source said that Cook was wearing a prototype glucose-tracker on the Apple Watch, which points to future applications that would make the device a “must have” for millions of people with diabetes — or at risk for the disease.
Farr goes on:
At the University of Glasgow, he reiterated Apple’s commitment to the health space and spoke about the struggles faced by people with diabetes.
“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar,” he said. “There is lots of hope out there that if someone has constant knowledge of what they’re eating, they can instantly know what causes the response… and that they can adjust well before they become diabetic.”
I spoke to a friend of mine with diabetes last night. Devices like this that offer continuous glucose monitoring without the need for sticking one’s self exists, can be bulky and uncomfortable. If you are already wearing a pump, having another device, to quote my friend “can be just too much.”
However, if a future Apple Watch can track this, it could open up continuous monitoring to more people. It seems like a very Apple-like thing to tackle, despite previous comments from Apple that they don’t want to have the Watch tangled up in FDA approval.
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Jason Snell, writing at Macworld, bouncing off of Steven Levy’s recent feature about Apple’s new campus:
As detailed by Levy, Apple Park is an Apple product through and through. The company took great care to make design decisions, and create custom hardware, at many key points—from the massive glass sheets that required the building of a gigantic furnace, to the toilets, to the handles on the doors, to the pizza boxes in the cafeteria. It’s a one-off product designed by Apple for itself, yes, but it seems to have received the same attention to detail as any other major product launch.
(In fact, reading Levy’s story, I wondered to myself if some of Apple’s product sluggishness over the last couple of years might be somehow related to the design energy going into the new campus. Probably not, but you never know. I’m more concerned about the hit in productivity the company may experience when it has to move so many of its employees to new workspaces and allow them some time to adapt to their surroundings.)
In looking back over the last 18 or more months, it’s not hard to think Apple has been disctracted by something. I don’t think Apple Park is all of it, but I think it may be part of a puzzle we’ll never see.
Whatever the case may be there — and we could be reading Apple all wrong here — there’s no doubt this new campus has Jobs’ fingerprints all over it.
MacMuzeum is an incredible collection of Apple hardware that may be up for sale soon. I really hope it goes to a good home.
This week, we look back at how to look for files:
As the name implies, invisible files and folders are those that cannot be seen in the Finder, whether they reside on the desktop or in a window. Invisible files and folders have an internal flag set that tells the Finder not to display them.
A file or folder is typically invisible for a reason. Deleting or modifying one of them may cause unpredictable results. Unless you know the outcome of your modification, you should not make changes to an invisible file or folder.
Myke Hurley, on our company blog:
As you may know, Relay FM is hosting a meetup at WWDC this year, but our tickets sold out really quickly. But for those of you that may have missed out, we have some great news!
We are working with women@wwdc and James Dempsey and the Breakpoints to host a mini Relay FM meetup at their App Camp for Girls benefit on Wednesday, June 7.
At this event there will be a special Relay FM meet-and-greet section inside the venue. So grab your tickets now, and be sure to get there at 7 PM to meet up with fellow listeners and some of your favorite Relay FM hosts.
Hope to see you there!