Global Accessibility Awareness Day and more

One: For Apple, this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education

My good friend and cohost of Accessible, Steven Aquino, had the chance to interview Tim Cook for this piece.

"Following Apple’s education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company’s announcements might mean for accessibility. After sitting in the audience covering the event, the big takeaway I had was Apple  could “make serious inroads in furthering special education as well.” As I wrote, despite how well-designed the Classroom and Schoolwork apps seemingly are, Apple should do more to tailor their new tools to better serve students and educators in special education settings. After all, accessibility and special education are inextricably tied."

Steven Aquino, TechCrunch

 

Two: The Moat Map

It's super hard to pull out a good overview quote from Ben's work. He's such a good writer, but honestly, you should just go read the whole thing. This is a wonderful piece.

Ben Thompson, Stratechery

 

Three: New Privacy Rules Could Make This Woman One of Tech’s Most Important Regulators

"If Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t know who Helen Dixon is, he will soon.

"From an unassuming townhouse in the Irish capital, Ms. Dixon, the country’s data protection commissioner, leads an agency that was once a bureaucratic backwater. Employees share offices and have few of the perks available in Facebook’s building nearby: The main free amenities here are water, coffee and tea."

Adam Satariano, The New York Times

 

Four: The Apple Services Machine

"Apple's services business is remarkably strong yet surprisingly mysterious. A closer look at Apple Services reveals an apparatus, which can easily qualify as a Fortune 100 company, that isn't what it seems from the outside. Apple isn't becoming a services company focused on coming up with a myriad of ways to milk existing users. Instead, Apple's services strategy primarily reflects the company's long-held ambition of becoming a leading content distribution platform."

Neil Cybart, Above Avalone

 

Five: Flagship Killers Now Cost as Much as the Flagships They Tried to Slay

"In 2010 Google released the Nexus One, a phone that started a line of budget priced phones from the company that became more and more positioned as “affordable” options compared to the flagships out there. In 2014 a new startup called OnePlus launched the One phone that was supposed to be a “flagship killer.” In 2018 we know that the flagship phones from companies like Apple and Samsung are doing quite well and these lines of phones from Google and OnePlus have remained relatively niche devices."

Matt Birchler, Birchtree

 

Photo from @tim_cook