As part of its 2018 environmental report, Apple today unveiled the latest iteration of its recycling robot, named Daisy. Daisy is an upgraded version of Liam, the recycling robot Apple debuted in 2016. Daisy is smaller, faster, and more efficient than Liam, able to disassemble 200 iPhones per hour and obtain their component parts for recycling.
In response to Apple’s environmental report and details about the new robot, Greenpeace has released a statement suggesting Apple’s focus should be on product longevity rather than recycling robots.
Daisy, Apple’s newest recycling robot. In a statement, Greenpeace Senior analyst Gary Cook said Apple needs [...]
Instagram today announced the launch of a new „Focus“ mode, which is designed to allow Instagram users to take portrait images with a softly blurred background.
The feature is available as a new option next to „Superzoom“ when you open up the camera. It can be used with the front or rear-facing cameras, and Instagram says as soon as someone is in the shot, the person will stay in focus while the background becomes blurred. Focus mode only works with a person in the frame.
Focus mode can be used with either photos or videos, and it’s designed to be similar to the Portrait Mode feature available on Apple’s newer dual-lens devices. [...]
Instagram today announced that it’s making changes to the Instagram feed algorithm to address concerns users have had with the feed for quite some time now.
Instagram originally used a chronological feed, showing the newest Instagram posts first when you opened up the app, but the company changed that in June of 2016 to display posts based on relevancy. The change caused days-old posts to be displayed in some situations, which users were unhappy with.
Starting today, Instagram is planning to focus more on surfacing newer posts, a change the company is making based on user feedback. It won’t be the same as the original chronological feed, but Instagram [...]
Fast Company today published its annual rankings of the 50 most innovative companies in the world, and this year, Apple is the number one company on the list for „delivering the future today.“
Apple was picked for its impressive list of accomplishments in 2017, which included the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3, ARKit, and its unique focus on hardware and software integration that sets it apart from its competitors. Apple designs its own chips that are optimized for its operating systems, resulting in performance that blows the competition away.
But creativity is more than skin deep–and Apple’s approach to the hardware and software [...]