An interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the annual D11 conference this week, and Cook discussed wearable computing gadgets, like the rumored iWatch. Later sessions featured influential tech voices, including Mary Meeker and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.
Reuters reported, “Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook defended the company’s record of innovation under his stewardship, saying he expected it would release ‘several more game changers’ and hinting that wearable computers could be among them. ‘It’s an area where it’s ripe for exploration,’ Cook said on Tuesday.”
All Things D’s Mike Isaac noted, “No surprises here — at our 11th D: All Things Digital technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook is still staying mum on the company’s plans for a proper TV set…. ‘When you look at the TV experience, it’s not an experience that I think very many people love,’ Cook said. ‘It’s not one that has been brought up to date for this decade. It’s still an experience much like 10 years ago or 20 years ago.'”
The Wall Street Journal’s Evelyn M. Rusli and Shira Ovide added, “Mary Meeker, a partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, released her annual ‘State of the Internet’ report on Wednesday, and highlighted the massive growth of mobile computing gadgets, a generational attitude shift fueling the sharing photos and other data online, and the boom of Internet-connected devices that increasingly are supplanting personal computers and other older computing gear…. ‘We’re moving in the cycle of wearables, driveables, flyables and scannables,’ Meeker said.”
TechCrunch’s Ryan Lawler observed, “Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that the recent launch of Facebook Home is just the first version of the company’s effort to make the smartphone more social. Today at the D11 Conference, she said that the company will continue to update the platform monthly, as it seeks to improve the user experience. The launch of Facebook Home was highly touted, but didn’t have the huge reception that was expected. However, Sandberg says that the company is committed to making the mobile phone more social. In doing so, though, there’s been a very bi-modal reaction to the new ‘apperating system,’ according to Sandberg.”