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Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would extend its work-from-home policy for US workers until early 2021, per a Bloomberg report.
If that timeline were to be extended further, it would depend on "the success with a vaccine, success with therapeutics," and other conditions, Cook said.
The smartphone maker joins fellow tech titan Google in extending its remote-work policy — Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees on Monday that they should expect to work from home through at least June 30, 2021.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company's employees can continue working from home until early 2021.
Cook laid out the company's plans to extend its work-from-home policy in a Thursday interview with Bloomberg.
"To go beyond that, it would depend on the success with a vaccine, success with therapeutics," and other factors, Cook told the outlet. The CEO also compared office reopening plans to the company's strategy in reopening its retail stores. He said the "accordion" process would allow the company to reopen and reclose offices as needed depending on updated data.
In late May, Apple reportedly began asking employees to start returning to work that month and through June, with even more expected to go back into the office in July.
Cook's comment comes days after news surfaced of Google's intention to extend its work-from-home policy until summer 2021. Neither companies has gone as far as Square and Twitter, which both announced they're allowing employees to work remotely on a permanent basis if they choose.SEE ALSO: With no mandate to shut down even if employees get sick, one expert calls Silicon Valley's reopening 'a very easy route of transmission'
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A war is brewing between behemoth VC firms like Sequoia and smaller firms that primarily invest in seed and early-stage startups.
Nikhil Basu Trivedi, the former managing director of Shasta Ventures, a boutique VC firm focused on early-stage investments, wrote a post on Substack that described these behemoths as "agglomerators."
Firms like Sequoia and Accel are seeking out higher returns and more ownership over their portfolio companies, which could pose an existential threat to the collaborative nature of the VC-funding ecosystem.
Stage specialist firms are fighting back by funding seed and early-stage startups more quickly, while "agglomerators" are writing fatter checks at higher valuations.
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The venture capital business is designed to identify the startups that will thrive and those that will perish.
Now the VC industry itself may undergo a similar survival of the fittest contest, as two of the most popular breeds of VC firms to emerge in recent years fight for the same deals.
Nikhil Basu Trivedi, the former managing director of Shasta Ventures, a boutique VC firm focused on early-stage investments, lays out the situation in a recent edition of his newsletter, "next big thing." In Trivedi's view, the VC landscape is now dominated by two distinct business models: "agglomerators" and specialists.
Colossal VC firms like Sequoia Capital and Accel epitomize the aggolomerators, investing in startups at multiple stages and across practically every sector and geography, with fund sizes exceeding $1 billion and billions under management.
These behemoths have no problem writing large, attractive checks at sky-high valuations, and their business models make it difficult for them to collaborate with other VC firms on deals.
"They need as much ownership as possible to generate the highest returns, and they can get that ownership by investing in companies at every stage," Trivdei writes. "Most of the agglomerators are therefore zero-sum players in the ecosystem."
For the smaller, specialist firms that focus on funding seed and early-stage startups, this poses an existential threat, according to Trivedi. As the agglomerators continue to expand their reach, he writes, budding startups may be inclined to forgo working with seed-focused firms, which tend to offer less money.
"This may not be in the best interest of founders"
The implications of a VC turf war could be significant, and not just for venture firms.
In many cases, startups receive funding from multiple sources, which helps them to expand their networks and connect with industry experts. But as agglomerators continue to expand their wealth and their reach, it may become more difficult for startups to collaborate with multiple funds.
"This may not be in the best interest of founders, who can benefit from working with multiple firms," Trivedi writes.
Plus, seed-focused funds and stage specialists can provide insights to founders that are tailored to their specific investment stage, Trivedi writes. Agglomerators, with investments in seed-stage as well as early-stage and growth-stage products, have other priorities.
But the success of the agglomerators is no sure thing. The rise and fall of SoftBank's $100 billion VisionFund shows that size and money don't guarantee success — especially if the money is being pumped into questionable businesses with dysfunctional management.
And for some smaller VC firms, the best path to survival may ultimately be evolution.
The stage specialist funds that end up generating the highest returns, raising the most capital, developing standout products, and attracting more LP dollars may very well seek to topple the current behemoths and crown themselves the new agglomerators. SEE ALSO: Palantir employees say that the startup's workforce has been 'itching to go public' — and the pandemic may have helped speed the secretive company's IPO filing
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At the risk of being too on the nose, finding a fitness routine you love is a marathon, not a sprint.For me, it was an actual marathon. I was raised with a minimal, if not non-existent, relationship with exercise. Running the New York City marathon in 2018 completely changed how I viewed strength, working out and “fitness goals.” My body carried me 26.2 (sometimes sluggish) whole freaking miles. I marvelled, maybe for the first time ever, at what being in touch and in tune with your body feels like without thinking about physical appearance.Helen Phelan, a New York City-based Pilates instructor who offers online classes through her website, said re-conditioning that mindset is what it takes to commit to finding a routine you love.“Our culture frames fitness as a chore or punishment for something you ate, which is extremely damaging,” she told me. “Part of the work is trial and error and making sure you final a modality that is at least mentally stimulating and interesting, but I think the most important part of getting your brain to kind of enjoy moving is the training of feeling strong.”By finding strength in fitness, you are able to find a stronger sense of self in your everyday life, off the mat.“When you learn a new skill, it’s communicating to your brain, ‘Strong people do this, I’m strong if I can do this, I can do hard things,’” Phelan said. “It’s a reconditioning, and people really see a change in self-perception and confidence-boosting both in exercise and in daily life, seeing yourself in this stronger, more empowered way.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by helen phelan (she/her) (@helenvphelan) on Mar 24, 2020 at 2:22pm PDTStill, finding the actual workout ― and community you want to do it in ― is important.Ariel Padilla is a New York City-based SoulCycle instructor who also hosts weekly virtual workouts. He did not grow up with fitness. He said he first attended a SoulCycle class (which are both praised and sometimes mocked for some of their more spiritual components) after his mother passed away in 2013. It was the connection he felt from the instructor that kept him coming back, and it’s what he said now keeps his loyal base of riders coming back. “The workout is one aspect of it, but I think what really matters is making someone feel seen and heard and remembered,” Padilla said. “You remember someone’s name, you make someone feel singular in a pack of 65 people ― now there’s a relationship there.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Ariel Padilla (@arieldp) on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:27am PSTIndeed, finding the right workout can be as simple as finding the right instructor, no matter the exercise.“I try to, without like, delivering Bible verses, be as open a book as possible to give someone something to hold onto,” Padilla said. “If you’re a genuine person in the fitness industry you find your people and they’ll stick around.” And when all else fails, Padilla said he holds on to the other aspects of a workout to push through when it feels too hard or disjointed.“For me, it’s the music,” he said. “Even if I’m not amazing at it, I have something to connect to outside my own physical pain. I’m like, ‘OK, this feels close to dancing, which I love. Now I can think of catching rhythm.’” Trying a new workout class can be intimidating no matter what the type, as Rodrick Covington, owner of Core Rhythm Fitness knows well. His physical, mental and spiritual approach comes with a healthy dose of high-intensity interval training, heavy weights, Pilates movements and pushing students to their best ability. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Core Rhythm Fitness (@corerhythmfitness) on May 22, 2020 at 9:16am PDT“Last week I had a woman come to class for the first time, she emailed that she felt awful through the class, that her smile was fake, but that she felt amazing at the end,” Covington said. “I could see she was nervous, but when people are intimidated I just encourage them to think of themselves as worthy ― they’re worth giving themselves the best, trying something new. It’s about creating the conversation of creating change you want to see in yourself, rewriting the narrative to where fitness is self love.” For Covington, finding the right fitness class is just as much about the experience as it is the workout itself.“Fitness to me like is church, it’s community,” he said. “There are some churches where I wouldn’t be welcome as a gay Black man, just like there are some workout studios where I wouldn’t feel as empowered because of the energy or how they operate.” Ultimately, whatever exercise you choose, the path to success lies not only in what the workout is but how you go about approaching that workout. Having previously experienced an eating disorder and understanding the ways one can use exercise as a way to harm the body, Phelan now goes into any workout with a positivity checklist. She goes in listing all the ways movement is nourishing her ― more energy, feeling good ― rather than how it’s “participating in diet culture.” “We hear things like ‘pain is weakness leaving the body,’” Phelan said. “That is a super-American and also a very fitness-y headspace to be in, that the end goal is aesthetics and perfection. Those two things are very hard to unlearn ― that it has to be painful, it has to be a struggle.”“I think because of that we don’t want to be present in our own bodies during a workout,” she continued. “I’m not saying holding a plank for a minute feels great, but I think you can learn to enjoy the discomfort the more you sit with it.”This story is part of Don’t Sweat It, a HuffPost Life series on improving your relationship with fitness. We’re giving you a guide on the latest thinking on exercise and why we’ve been conditioned to hate it in the past. 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Apple could release a 5G version of the iPhone 12 that costs less than $1,000, says Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives.
That's significant because 5G smartphones tend to be more expensive than standard models, with flagship models costing around $1,000.
Some smartphone makers like OnePlus, TCL, and Samsung are already beginning to release cheaper 5G smartphones.
But a decision by Apple launch a lower-cost 5G iPhone would mark the first high-profile device to debut with 5G at an affordable price.
Apple has influenced the industry before when it comes to shifts like eliminating the headphone jack, and it could similarly set a precedent for others to follow with the iPhone 12.
The launch of a 5G iPhone would also mean that millions of people may potentially have 5G phones by the end of the year, possibly giving carriers more incentive to further build out their networks.
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When Apple's iPhone 12 launches later this year, you may not have to spend upwards of $1,000 to buy a model that's works on 5G networks, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives.
If his predictions turn out to be accurate, the iPhone 12 launch could mark a critical turning point in the industry, potentially ending the trend of tech companies charging a premium on smartphones equipped to handle next-generation wireless networks.
"We believe there are 4 models being launched for iPhone 12 with a mix of 4G/5G with price points that potentially could be lower than $1,000 on some versions despite the additional 5G component," Ives wrote in a recent research note.
His latest analysis echoes previous rumors and predictions suggesting that Apple plans to continue the approach it took in 2019 by offering its new iPhone in less expensive configurations. YouTuber Jon Prosser, for example, previously reported that the next-generation iPhone will come in two variants that cost less than $1,000: a 5.4-inch version priced at $650 and a 6.1-inch model that costs $750.
It's unclear, however, whether all new iPhones will support 5G. Some reports, such as those from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities and Prosser, have suggested that all of Apple's new iPhones will support 5G. But Ives said in his report that there will be a "mix of 4G/5G."
The addition of 5G at an affordable price could also provide a much-needed boost to Apple's iPhone business, which has been faltering in recent years as people have been upgrading their phones less frequently. More important for consumers, it could lead to widespread adoption of 5G phones, potentially giving carriers more incentive to further build out their networks across the United States.
Today's 5G smartphones are expensive
A decision from Apple to release a 5G iPhone that's priced below $1,000 would be significant because 5G smartphones tend to be more expensive than 4G models. The Galaxy S20, for example, starts at $1,000, as does the Motorola Edge Plus.
If you do manage to find a 5G smartphone that costs less than $1,000, chances are it's not that much cheaper. LG's V60 ThinQ 5G costs either $900 or $950 depending on whether you buy it from AT&T or Verizon, while the OnePlus 8 Pro begins at $900.
That being said, there are a few exceptions. Smartphone makers like OnePlus, TCL, and Samsung are also starting to release less-expensive 5G phones ahead of Apple's iPhone 12 launch. OnePlus also offers the $700 OnePlus 8 alongside the Pro, which also supports 5G, while Samsung recently announced 5G phones in its budget-oriented Galaxy A line. TCL, meanwhile, has announced the TCL 10 5G which is priced at 399 euros, although the company has not yet confirmed a US launch date.
Samsung brought 5G to more affordable phones with the launch of the Galaxy A51 5G and A71 5G. But its most well-known devices that are meant to compete with the flagship iPhone, its Galaxy S series, are still expensive.
Apple may not be the first tech company to launch a cheaper 5G smartphone. But considering it's the third largest smartphone maker in the world behind Samsung and Huawei, according to research firm Gartner, such a move could have broader implications for the industry. OnePlus and TCL aren't even listed in the top five biggest smartphone vendors and are instead just grouped into Gartner's"others" category.
Apple has a history of setting precedence with the iPhone
Apple may have a reputation for adding features to the iPhone that have long existed on Android. But the company's decisions in the past when it comes to pricing and design have also set examples that the industry has followed.
After Apple launched the $1,000 iPhone X in 2017, marking a significant price jump from the $650 iPhone 7 and $770 iPhone 7 Plus that preceded it — other smartphone makers like Samsung began raising their prices as well.
The iPhone wasn't the first smartphone to ditch the headphone jack — Motorola's Moto Z, which launched before the iPhone 7, also lacked that 3.5mm plug — but it quickly became the standard after the iPhone 7's debut. The headphone jack has become a rarity on today's mobile devices, although some phones from 2019 like Google's now-discontinued Pixel 3a and Samsung's Galaxy S10e each had a headphone jack.
5G is still nascent, but a 5G iPhone could help change that
There's another good reason to remain hesitant about buying a 5G phone other than the price: the network isn't broadly available in the United States. Verizon only offers 5G in 35 cities across the US, and even in those cities it's only available in certain locations.
Similarly with AT&T, 5G is only available in certain counties of the states where it's gone live. T-Mobile boasts that it offers nationwide 5G coverage, and an analytics report from Ookla, reported by CNET, indicates that T-Mobile has more than 20 times as many 5G cities compared to Verizon and AT&T combined. But Verizon and AT&T have pushed back on those claims, and Verizon offered much faster speeds despite having a smaller coverage area according to the report.
In other words, carriers are still in the process of developing and building out their 5G networks, making it difficult to justify paying a premium for a 5G phone.
That's what would make Apple's decision to sell a lower-cost iPhone with 5G compatibility an important one, should it turn out to be true.
That means millions of people may potentially have a 5G phone by the end of the year should all versions of the next iPhone support 5G, which could put pressure on carriers to further refine their networks. Apple no longer discloses first weekend sales numbers for new iPhone sales or quarterly iPhone unit sales. But back in 2015, it reported that it sold 13 million units of the then-new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in their first three days on the market.
Data is already starting to show that Apple may be in a position to lead the 5G market once it debuts its new iPhone, even though 5G smartphones have long been available from other companies. A Strategy Analytics report from November said that if Apple's upgrade rates this year match those of 2019 when it launched the iPhone 11 lineup, Apple would surpass Samsung and Huawei.
It would be a necessary advantage for Apple, which has suffered from slowing iPhone sales over the past year. Analysts have been looking to the 5G iPhone as a key upgrade driver for Apple even before the iPhone 11 debuted last year, and the economic ramifications from the pandemic will make this launch all the more important for Apple in the fall.SEE ALSO: Apple's iPhone 12 is expected to bring major changes like a new design, 5G, and 3D cameras — here's everything we know about it so far
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Digital wallets and mobile payment systems all promise the convenience of nothing having to worry about paper bills and plastic cards.That goes for both having to carry them around in your pocket or bag as well as worrying about losing these separate pieces.You can lose your phone, though, or even lose the app that holds then.And when it comes to the latter, Google Pay offers the exact same assurance as physical transit passes and tickets: nothing.Google Pay has been around for years and just last year it gained the ability to store train tickets and transit passes on your phone so you won’t have to juggle multiple ones or even take those physical items with you.It is definitely one of the digital wallet’s more convenient features but, unfortunately, it seems to forget all about it the moment you uninstall Google Pay from your phone.