Current Issue
This Month's Print Issue

Follow Fast Company

We’ll come to you.

05.24.17 | 5:18 am

Apple is working on a 5G iPhone

But don't expect the advanced cellular technology in the iPhone 8, due this year, or even the iPhone due in 2018. That's because, at the earliest, 5G networks won't begin to roll out in most of the world until 2019. Still, that's only two years away, so the fact that Apple has filed for an experimental license from the FCC to use 5G tech (via Business Insider) shouldn't come as too much of a shock. 

05.23.17 | 5:48 am

Apple and Nokia bury the hatchet and hope to team up on health

The two companies have issued a joint statement announcing they've settled the patent suit Nokia brought against Apple last year. As part of the agreement, Nokia will receive an up-front cash payment from Apple, and its line of health tech products (formerly the Withings brand) will return to Apple Store shelves. Interestingly, the statement also says the two companies will be "exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives" but doesn't get more specific than that.

05.18.17 | 9:57 am

Apple’s new campus doesn’t have a daycare and it’s probably not by accident

Sometimes it seems that Apple thinks of everything—including a way to prevent soggy pizza—but it seems to have slipped their minds to include a daycare center at their brand-new $5 billion state-of-the-art headquarters. As BoingBoing points out, it has a 100,000-square foot gym, but no daycare facilities. Because who lets babies near their Apple products, anyway, right? 

BoingBoing considers this to be part of a larger pattern of "discrimination against older, more seasoned workers in favor of young and easily manipulated workers who'll pull the long hours." In fact, that correlates to a new study that shows that for the first time in the U.S., women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms. Women delay pregnancy, start their careers, and are then sidelined due to lack of child care options. It doesn't need to be that way, of course: As Quartz points out, when companies actually recognize the needs of women in the workforce and supply childcare they actually keep their female employees around—when Patagonia introduced on-site childcare, their retention rate for female employees shot to 100%. 

05.17.17 | 5:53 am

Apple really hates soggy pizzas

But hey, who doesn't? Still, most people (and companies) wouldn't go to the lengths of designing and patenting a pizza box so their employees could take a piping hot pie from their cafeteria to their desk without it going all lukewarm and soggy (via the Verge). This could be the patent that proves Apple's pursuit of perfection has become obsession.

[Image: Apple]

05.16.17 | 5:38 pm

Hey, iPhone users: Apple wants to take you on a photo walk

For a while now, a high percentage of iPhone ads have focused on one fact: It's possible to create gorgeous photographs with one. Now Apple is inviting folks to visit its stores and then head out on photo walks—led by a local photographer or an Apple employee specializing in creativity—to capture a neighborhood via iPhone photography. In fact, every Apple Store in the world—there are nearly 500 of 'em—will hold such an event this Saturday.

The walks are part of a general ramping up of the programs at Apple Stores designed to help people learn how to get the most out of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, from sketching to coding to making music. The company has also launched a new section of its website, Today at Apple, with local calendars of such events at all the Apple Stores in given areas. (Previously, such listings were broken up among pages for individual stores, making them tough to peruse.)


05.16.17 | 10:00 am

59 companies just came out again to support Gavin Grimm’s ongoing fight for trans rights

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Grimm is continuing his fight to use the boys' bathroom in his high school. (Can we pause a moment to think about the fact that a teenager has to go to court to use their chosen restroom? Honestly, don't really want to think about teenage bathrooms all that often.) Luckily, he doesn't have to fight alone, and has a few heavy hitters in his corner. A friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Human Rights Campaign has been co-signed by 59 companies, representing over 1.6 million employees and $670 billion in revenue. Companies who support Grimm's fight and its implications for trans rights across the country include some of the biggest names in business including Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg, Twitter, and a whole lot more. 

While the Fourth Circuit overturned Gavin Grimm's win from last year, based on the Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case, they will hear oral argument later this year to determine whether transgender students are protected under Title IX independently of any federal guidance on the issue. Turns out some major corporations think transgender rights should be protected and if money talks, let's hope someone is going to start listening. Here's the full list of companies who signed onto the brief:

Affirm, Inc.; Airbnb, Inc.; Akamai Technologies, Inc.;, Inc.; Apple; AppNexus Inc.; Asana, Inc.; Bloomberg L.P.; Box, Inc.; Codecademy; Credo Mobile, Inc.; Dropbox, Inc.; eBay Inc.; Fastly, Inc.; Flipboard, Inc.; General Assembly Space, Inc.; GitHub, Inc.; IBM Corporation; Indiegogo, Inc.; Intel Corporation; Kaiser Permanente; Kickstarter, PBC; Knotel, Inc.; Linden Lab; LinkedIn Corporation; MAC Cosmetics Inc.; Mapbox, Inc.; Marin Software Incorporated; MassMutual Life Insurance Company; Meetup, Inc.; Microsoft Corporation; Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; MongoDB Inc.; NetApp, Inc.; Next Fifteen Communications Corp;, Inc.; NIO; Pandora Media, Inc.; PayPal Holdings, Inc.; Postmates Inc.; Replacements, Ltd.; RetailMeNot, Inc.;, Inc.; Shutterstock, Inc.; Slack Technologies, Inc.; Spotify USA Inc.; SugarCRM Inc.; The OutCast Agency; The Gap, Inc.; Tumblr, Inc.; Twilio Inc.; Twitter Inc.; Warby Parker; Weebly, Inc.; Williams-Sonoma, Inc.; Xerox Corporation; Yahoo! Inc.; Yelp Inc.; and Zendesk, Inc. 

[Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for GLAAD]

05.12.17 | 5:33 pm

The iPad Pro hits the golf course

Among many other things, Apple's iPad Pro is a useful tool for artists covering sporting events—a scenario in which real-world art materials can be cumbersome and messy and an iPad Pro and Pencil allow for ambitious creativity in a neater, more portable package. The PGA Tour's Players championship is currently going on at the TPC Sawgrass course in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, and four iPad artists are on the scene as part of the official coverage of the event. Apple has shared some of their work.

This video captures how Kristian Champagne created a painting of the Players trophy at sunrise:

And here's Jim Conway's painting of the 16th hole:

05.12.17 | 6:35 am

Apple has chosen the first recipient of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund

And that recipient is Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass, Apple announced in a press release. Corning will receive $200 million to advance glass production methods. Corning's Gorilla Glass is currently used in the iPhone. Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund was established to fund and foster innovation among American manufacturers.

05.11.17 | 5:59 am

Steve Jobs’s biographer says Apple isn’t the most innovative company anymore

Walter Isaacson, the author of the best-selling Steve Jobs biography, told CNBC's Squawk Alley that he believes Amazon and Google are out-innovating Apple nowadays:

"Apple is no longer the most innovative of companies. But they are good at execution. The innovation in the virtual assistant space, for example, is coming from Google and Amazon, not Apple."

Isaacson went on to say:

"You could have a great company—and Apple is a great company—without having really a next big thing, but it isn't in Apple's DNA to be that way."

05.10.17 | 6:11 am

Apple just bought a sleep tech company

Beddit, which makes hardware and software to monitor daily sleep habits, has been bought by Apple, reports Reuters. The only sign that Apple acquired the company is a small update to Beddit's privacy policy, which now reads: "Beddit has been acquired by Apple. Your personal data will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy." It's unknown if this was an IP or talent acquisition, but Apple has become more interested in all things health tech in the last few years since the introduction of the Apple Watch.

[Image: Apple]

05.04.17 | 5:55 am

Apple says it’s created 2 million American jobs

The company has updated its job creation website where it states that in 2016 there were 2 million jobs in America that existed directly because of Apple. Those jobs, which cover all 50 states, include 80,000 Apple employees, 450,000 jobs through Apple's U.S.-based suppliers, and 1.53 million jobs that are linked to Apple's App Store ecosystem.

[Image: Apple]