Jony Ive is Leaving Apple
Big news shaking the Apple World today as the company has announced that longtime Apple Veteran and Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is leaving the company. Ive has been with Apple for over two decades and has been instrumental in setting design trends in the entire tech industry, personally overseeing the design of the iPod line, iPhone, iPad, Apple desktops, laptops, and the Apple Watch. In an interview with the Financial Times, Ive says although he will no longer be an Apple employee, he will still be very much involved. He is starting his own independent design firm named LoveFrom and he has announced that Apple is its first client. The company will focus on the design of various products and Ive’s passion projects, as well as presumably be available for hire. Ive will be with Apple until LoveForm launches in 2020 - the company has yet to name a successor to fill Ive’s role.
In other important Apple News - Apple is recalling a number of older aMacBook Pros due, yet again, battery issues. The laptops affected by the recall were sold from September of 2015 - February 2017 - about 432,000 units are eligible for the repair. To be clear, this is the older MacBook Prostyle, the one without the touch bar and just USB C ports. You can check HERE to see if your machine is part of the recall.
Amazon is expanding its “Counter” program to the US from overseas, allowing customers to pick up their Amazon packages from select Rite Aide Drug stores. The service is available for free and won’t impact same day or two-day shipping speeds on select items, and will work like an Amazon locker or any other auxiliary delivery destination. If you don’t want the headaches of porch pirates or find it easier to pick up packages while you’re out running errands, the delivery method makes a lot of sense. 100 Rite Aid stores across the US will be available at the service’s launch, but that number will grow to include nearly all 1500 Rite Aid stores by the end of the year.