Tim Cook: “I’m Proud to be Gay” | Businessweek

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.


アップルのサプライヤーになるのがどんな感じか — Dan Frommer のまとめが興味深い。

The court document that shows how Tim Cook does business | Quartz

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Tim Cook とビジネスをするのはどんな感じだろうか? アップルが実際に結ぶ契約条件が目に触れることはめったにない。しかしアップルのサファイア製造を請け負っていた GT Advanced Technologies[GTAT]が破産したおかげでそれがたっぷり見れることになった。

What’s it like doing business with Tim Cook? It’s rare the public gets to see terms of an actual contract with Apple. But thanks to the bankruptcy case for GT Advanced Technologies—which was working on a sapphire production business with Apple that didn’t work out—here’s a good look.

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アップルにとって一方的に有利な契約条件のいくつかを Philip Elmer-DeWitt[Fortune]が列挙している。パートナーシップがどんな仕掛けになっているか、競争制限条項、何よりもアップルの同意獲得が優先することなど。(破産裁判所への提訴書類の PDF はこちら。)

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt runs through some of the supposed one-sided terms of Apple’s deal with GTAT, including how the partnership was structured, a non-compete clause, and the various things that required getting consent from Apple first. (The filing is available here as a PDF.)


But this section of testimony speaks to the level of detail—and weight—of what it’s like when Apple wants to rely on you.

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破産裁判所へ提出された GTAT の証言

Apple Sapphire court filing

GTAT はアップルが決めた日に行なった発注を受け入れ、かつ実行しなければならない。もし如何なるものであれ遅滞が生じた場合は、GTAT は(自らの負担で)緊急配送の措置を講じるか、あるいは(自らの負担で)代替品を購入しなければならない。もし GTAT の納入が遅れた場合は、約定損害賠償金としてサファイアの1ブール当たり 32 万ドル(サファイア材質の1ミリメーター当たり 77 ドル)を支払わなければならない。この数字は1ブールが2万ドル未満であることを前提に算出されたものである。また一方アップルは GTAT に補填することなく、いつの時点においても発注の全体ないしはその一部をキャンセルでき、また如何なる期日に納入すべきか予定を変更できる権利を有する。

GTAT must accept and fulfill any purchase order placed by Apple on the date selected by Apple. If there is any delay, GTAT must either use expedited shipping (at its own cost) or purchase substitute goods (at its own cost). If GTAT’s delivery is late, GTAT must pay $320,000 per boule of sapphire (and $77 per millimeter of sapphire material) as liquidated damages to Apple. To put this figure in perspective, a boule has a cost of less than $20,000. Apple, however, has the right, without compensating GTAT, to cancel a purchase order in whole or in part at any time and reschedule a delivery date at any time.

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Oh, and if any of these NDA-sealed details leak, there’s a $50 million confidentiality penalty!

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GT Advanced の破産裁判関係書類が公開されたことから、はしなくもアップルとサプライヤーの関係の一端が明るみに出た。

それにしても一方的ともいえるほど強力なアップルの立場には目を見張るものある。これが Tim Cook の築いたサプライチェーンの実態なのだろう。






Apple and GTAT: What went wrong | Fortune

On Tuesday, after three weeks of legal wrangling, Squiller filed a revised declaration that is probably as close as we’re going to get to a definitive account of where the deal went south.

In 21 pages of testimony, Squiller tells a tale of woe that says volumes about what it’s like for a small manufacturer to do business with a company as powerful and demanding as Apple.




Google + | Sephko

‘Still’ | Daring Fireball



The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay… for Now | TidBITS

It’s a fight the retailers will lose in the long run, and their short-term goals have nearly nothing to do with Apple, and everything to do with years of mistreatment (real or perceived) by the credit card brands.

Customers are merely an afterthought in this battle, as they are being pushed toward using a system that is less convenient than either cash or credit card, never mind Apple Pay or Google Wallet.


Apple Pay から見えてくるアップル流仕事のやり方(modus operandi)


How Apple Pay Reveals Apple’s M.O. | Seeking Alpha

- Apple Pay has been launched.
– The service tells us a lot about Apple’s modus operandi.
– Long-term planning while building the technology is key.


Short-form blogging | Scribbling.net

New rules for blogging:

- If it’s a paragraph, it’s a post.
– Negotiate a comfort zone
– Traffic is irrelevant.
– Simplify, simplify.
– Ask for trusted collaborator feedback.
– Have fun.
Blogging is not your job. Don’t add it to your to-do list. If it’s not fun and you’re not done? Screw it. Take the baby to the park instead.

Middling | Waxy.org

Mid-length blogging. Middling.

Bigger than a Tweet | Six Colors