Aaron Tilley, writing for The Information (paywalled, alas; here’s MacRumors’s summary)
During meetings, Mr. Cue is sometimes known to fall silent, shut
his eyes and tilt his head back, leaving other participants to
wonder whether he is staring at the ceiling or sleeping, said
several former Apple employees and one outside partner present on
multiple occasions when it happened over the past few years. In at
least two of these situations, Mr. Cue began snoring, one source
From the moment he gained responsibility for Siri, Mr. Cue seemed
to lack much interest in it, according to people who worked on the
project. When Siri team members presented Mr. Cue with technical
data around the performance of the assistant — an area of
frequent criticism of the technology — Mr. Cue appeared bored and
seemed to fall asleep in at least two meetings, said a former
Apple employee who was present.
I’ve heard some really good Eddy Cue stories over the years, but this falling asleep thing is a new one.
Also, I thought this was interesting:
Apple has improved Apple Maps since its troubled launch, boasting
that the service is more popular on iPhones and iPads, on which it
comes pre-installed, than Google Maps. But Google Maps still
reaches more users because of the larger global audience of
Android devices, and the quality of Google Maps often comes out
ahead in independent evaluations.
One such evaluation was a blog post last year by the cartographer
Justin O’Beirne, which chronicled in exhaustive detail the richer
detail available on Google Maps. The post appeared to rattle Mr.
Cue, who ordered changes to Apple Maps to satisfy internal
concerns related to the blog post, said a former Apple employee.
In June, Mr. Cue publicly promised further improvements to the
service. Some observers believe Apple Maps faces a disadvantage as
long as the company restricts it to Apple devices.
Bizarre to me that The Information didn’t even link to O’Beirne’s work. It’s good to know it caught Cue’s attention.
★ Friday, 7 September 2018