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Tony Fadell Discusses His New Book, Early Days of iPhone and iPod, Apple vs. Google Culture, and More

Wednesday May 4, 2022 11:12 am PDT by
Coinciding with the release of his new book titled Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making, former Apple executive Tony Fadell went on the Decoder podcast with The Verge's editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss cultural differences between Apple and Google, the early days of the iPhone and iPod, and other topics. Fadell joined Apple in 2001 and led the teams that created the ...
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Tony Fadell Reflects on Creating the iPod Ahead of Device's 20th Anniversary

Friday October 22, 2021 7:34 am PDT by
One day ahead of the 20th anniversary of Steve Jobs unveiling the original iPod on October 23, 2001, Apple's former senior vice president of the iPod team Tony Fadell has reflected on his role in creating the device in an interview with CNET's Roger Cheng. Fadell said that Apple was on a mission to launch the iPod before Christmas 2001. Impressively, he said that he "really got started" with ...
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Former iPod Chief Tony Fadell Believes Apple Should Tackle Smartphone Addiction

Monday April 16, 2018 8:13 am PDT by
Tony Fadell, who was instrumental to the creation of the iPod, believes Apple should tackle the issue of smartphone addiction. Tony Fadell, second from the left, alongside Steve Jobs and other Apple executives following the original iPhone announcement in 2007 In an editorial with Wired UK, the former Senior Vice President of the iPod division said Apple can solve the problem at the software...
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Tony Fadell Talks Original iPhone's Business Model 'Disaster', Amazon Echo, and Self-Driving Cars

Thursday June 29, 2017 9:15 am PDT by
iPod father Tony Fadell has been making the rounds in the days ahead of the anniversary of the first iPhone's launch, which is today, June 29. In two new interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek and Reuters shared today, Fadell continued reminiscing about Apple history by discussing the iPhone's "disaster" of a business model over the first year, his view on how the Amazon Echo compares to Apple's...
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Tony Fadell Talks Apple's Pre-iPhone Days of Failed Motorola Rokr and Touchscreen MacBook Prototype

Wednesday June 28, 2017 6:27 am PDT by
Over the past few weeks, former Apple executives that originally led the team behind the iPhone's creation have been reminiscing about the time before the smartphone's debut, which will see its tenth birthday tomorrow, June 29. The latest interview has been posted by Wired, with "father of the iPod" Tony Fadell discussing the multiple prototypes of the original iPhone, Apple's attempt to create a ...
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Former Apple Executives Recall Designing Touchscreen Interface of Original iPhone

Sunday June 25, 2017 6:40 pm PDT by
As we near the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone later this week, a few stories posted online have delved into the rich history of where the device started, how the original team came up with the idea for the touchscreen smartphone, and what it was like reviewing the device back in 2007. In a new video shared by The Wall Street Journal today, three former Apple executives -- Scott Forstall,...

Tony Fadell Shares New Details on Prototype iPhone Software With Virtual iPod Clickwheel

Wednesday January 11, 2017 12:37 pm PST by
Earlier this month, Sonny Dickson shared a collection of images and videos featuring an of the iPhone with an early iPod-style operating system called "Acorn OS," based on a clickwheel interface. The iPod-like software was developed by "iPod Father" Tony Fadell, who shared some new details on its creation with The Verge in an attempt to clarify the backstory behind the software. Click ...

Nest Co-Founder Tony Fadell Leaving the Company

Friday June 3, 2016 1:30 pm PDT by
Tony Fadell, widely known as the "father" of the iPod and the creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat, today announced he is leaving Nest and Nest parent company Alphabet. Fadell, Nest's founder, has been with Google since it acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014 and has worked on projects like Google Glass in addition to continuing to run Nest Labs. In a blog post, Fadell says he has...

Steve Jobs Refused to Bring iPod & iTunes to PC Without Walt Mossberg's Blessing

Monday February 29, 2016 10:49 am PST by
Tony Fadell, known as the godfather of the iPod for his role in its design, recently sat down Appvance CEO Kevin Surace at the SV Forum Visionary Salon Dinner to reminisce about Steve Jobs and his time at Apple. VentureBeat attended the event and has shared a transcript of the discussion. Fadell has discussed his role at Apple and his relationship with Jobs many times over the years, but new...
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Steve Jobs Passed on Building Apple Car in 2008 to Focus on iPhone

Wednesday November 4, 2015 6:07 am PST by
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare illness, contemplated building a so-called "Apple Car" as recently as 2008, according to his former advisor Tony Fadell. Tony Fadell discussed an Apple Car with Steve Jobs in 2008 (Image: Bloomberg) In an interview with Bloomberg, Fadell, who led Apple's iPod division between 2001 and 2010,...

'iPod Father' Tony Fadell to Take Charge of Google Glass

Thursday January 15, 2015 10:36 am PST by
Following some leadership changes that Google has implemented, Tony Fadell, creator of the Nest thermostat and "iPod Father," will oversee Google's Glass division, reports The Wall Street Journal. Google is planning on splitting out Glass, its wearable headset computer, from the Google X research lab into its own unit, led by Ivy Ross, who will report to Tony Fadell. Fadell will be in charge of...