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App Store Birthday; Robot Run; iPhone Rumors; Elon Musk Watch
Welcome back! Hope you had a lot of hot dogs (though not as much as this guy), saw some fireworks and got a little sun. The middle-week holiday was confusing for many, but now we’re ready to get back to work! Right?
A decade of Apps. Apple’s celebrating 10 years of the App Store, which launched a year after the iPhone, with a look at its history and how the mobile marketplace has changed the lives of countless developers. The App Store itself has seen a lot of changes over the years, but perhaps none as big as the one I chronicled in 2017. Fun fact: The App Store launched with just 500 apps.
Just run. The latest terrifying and also incredibly cool robot from MIT is a blind bot named Cheetah 3, or rather one that doesn’t use vision guidance systems to navigate through its environment. Instead, it just kind of plows ahead and somehow maintains its balance. These capabilities could make robots like Cheetah 3 especially useful in low-visibility rescue operations. However, this post has a pretty good time with the free-floating anxiety many of us have about these increasingly lifelike robots.
Rumors. There are a pair of interesting iPhone X rumors floating around. One seems pretty obvious: more colors, including Rose Gold. The other, though, is less about how the future handsets will work than who gets paid. According to a new report, Apple might be considering adding LG OLED displays to its supply mix. Consumers probably won’t notice the difference, but Samsung, which has been the sole supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone X, certainly will.
Musk Watch. For a month I have been obsessively tracking the activities of Elon Musk and all his various enterprises. I’m learning a lot about SpaceX, Boring Co., Tesla and, naturally, the man himself.