Is Watching an Apple Event at Work Really Work?

And 13 other Apple event inspired questions.

March 21, 2016

On Monday I blocked my calendar, stopped answering e-mail, and devoted (most of my) attention to watching the 3/21 Apple live event.

As I watch this event while typing this post, (Phil Schiller is saying something about pixels), I find myself wondering:

Is watching an Apple event at work really work?

Asking this question opened up the door in my mind for 13 other questions about Apple, higher ed, and the meaning of watching Apple events:

Q1.  Should we be creating “brief videos” (with beautiful narrative and visual flare) that recapitulate the exact same points that we have just made in all of our presentations?

Q2.  Where does the Apple leadership gang shop for their clothing - do they all dress alike at work - and do they where the same outfits whatever they are doing?

Q3.  Is that really all they are going to say about the new education features in iOS 9.3?

Q4.  How many organizations on the planet enjoy Apple’s power of digital convening?

Q5.  Is the Apple stream cutting out every now and again for just me “The live video feed is currently unavailable” - or is everyone else experiencing this problem?

Q6.  What is going to happen to 1 Infinite Loop when Apple moves to its new futuristic flying saucer $5 billion campus, and will Apple’s new building change how we think about space on our campuses?

Q7.  How can we convince Tim Cook that Apple should do an event (that is streamed to the world) that is totally on higher education - and that the incomparable Bill Rankin (Apple’s Director of Learning) should be featured in this session?

Q8.  Why is it that I continue to watch live Apple events, when I know that I could get the same information more quickly by reading news stories and analysis after the event?

Q9.  What do the discussions of privacy, health research, and the environment at this Apple event tell us about the changing place of Apple in our culture?

Q10.  Do you think it is weird that in the same event that Tim Cook will talk about privacy and the risk of government intrusion, while also introducing new materials and colors for Apple Watch bands?

Q11.  How many other colleges and universities are utilizing one-to-one iPad programs, the private iTunesU platform, and iBooks as supplements (or alternatives) to learning management systems?

Q12.  Does anyone else watch Apple events while praying that Joel Podolny, Apple’s Dean of Apple University (and sociologist in residence), will be invited by Tim Cook to talk about Apple University?

Q13.  Do most people tweet while watching these things - or are they also multitasking by writing blog posts inspired by the event that they are watching?

Any interest in taking a shot at answering any of these questions?

What questions do Apple live events generate for you?



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