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Apple CEO Tim Cook will hold a company-wide virtual meeting later this month for employees to ask questions about working-from-home arrangements that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple sent a note to staff on Wednesday advising them of the plan.
It asked that questions be submitted by end of day on Saturday and also encouraged workers to share their experiences of working through the disruption to daily life that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about. The specific date of the meeting has not yet been disclosed.
Apple last week informed employees that its retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May, and Apple employees will continue to work from home until then.

In Santa Clara County, where Apple Park, Infinite Loop, and many other corporate offices and retail stores are located, there is a shelter in place order that will remain in effect until May 3.

The order prevents all nonessential businesses from being open and requires employees to work from home. Apple's corporate offices will not be able to reopen until that order is lifted.

Apple continues to review its flexible work arrangements in light of the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts.

In an earlier memo to employees, Apple said it was particularly focused on ensuring parents have the flexibility to adjust their schedules as necessary, with many children no longer able to attend school.

Article Link: Apple CEO to Address Employees at Virtual Company-Wide Meeting Later This Month
 
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kstotlani

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The title made me think that during the lockdown Tim got a degree in infectious diseases and would address questions on COVID-19. Some people only read the title and react so please read the full article.
 

Relentless Power

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In a way, this ‘meeting’ also seems like more of a way for employees to kind of decompress by explaining their own life changes they’ve had to make with work life/personal Alterations life given the circumstances. If you think about it, a lot of these employees are out of touch with each other where they’re not conversing, collaborating or working with each other on a daily basis as they had been, and The adjustments have been polarizing to the point where I don’t think this is a ‘Question only’ round table, but rather a way of how the employees have coped during this transition, And what lies ahead how Apple will continue to conform these economic changes With the uncertainty of a timeframe that no one really knows when things will ‘normalize’.

As large as a company as Apple is, I think it’s Beneficial that they have this ‘virtual meeting’, because there are a lot of questions/concerns employees have, that Apple probably doesn’t even have all the answers yet Due to the pandemic really is a ‘day-by-day’ basis, but at least there showing that they value the employees input in some form or fashion.
 

caliguy

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In a way, this ‘meeting’ also seems like more of a way for employees to kind of decompress by explaining their own life changes they’ve had to make with work life/personal Alterations life given the circumstances. If you think about it, a lot of these employees are out of touch with each other where they’re not conversing, collaborating or working with each other on a daily basis as they had been, and The adjustments have been polarizing to the point where I don’t think this is a ‘Question only’ round table, but rather a way of how the employees have coped during this transition, And what lies ahead how Apple will continue to conform these economic changes With the uncertainty of a timeframe that no one really knows when things will ‘normalize’.

As large as a company as Apple is, I think it’s Beneficial that they have this ‘virtual meeting’, because there are a lot of questions/concerns employees have, that Apple probably doesn’t even have all the answers yet Due to the pandemic really is a ‘day-by-day’ basis, but at least there showing that they value the employees input in some form or fashion.
I imagine Apple usually has quarterly All Hands meetings anyway, as do most tech companies. This one is just being moved to virtual.
 
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jonnysods

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As a person who is in the managed services sector, I couldn't imagine having to move a company as large as Apple to a work from home setting - wondering if the R&D team handled things as taking work devices home must be a huge security risk, given Apple's secrecy on projects.
 

Damian83

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As a person who is in the managed services sector, I couldn't imagine having to move a company as large as Apple to a work from home setting - wondering if the R&D team handled things as taking work devices home must be a huge security risk, given Apple's secrecy on projects.

which secrets?
most innovative iphone have 3 cameras while other androids already had 4
catalina have more bugs than both windows millenium + win 8
reinforced support stand for Pro display at tag price 5k ($, not resolution)?
maybe AR googles? naaah. Tim is waiting for someone else release them first so he can copy better
Ok got it! Tim cook is gay! ops, we already know this

Nowadays my grandma have more interesting secrets than apple
 

Rogifan

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My CEO is having daily video chats to explain what our company is doing and to answer questions. I’m guessing many comapanies are. Sorry Mark this isn‘t a scoop.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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which secrets?
...
Nowadays my grandma have more interesting secrets than apple
Ok.
What exactly is going on with their automotive team? What’s the product there? Are they going to be licensing a self-driving OS to car companies or what? Is there a hardware product? What’s it look like & what are the specs?
Tell me more about the AR/VR plans.
Does the inclusion of tof cameras & wigig in the 2020 iPad Pro & higher tier 2020 iPhones mean that they will be able to interact with/control those upcoming AR/VR products?
In what way? What do the products look like & specs?

There’s a couple Apple secrets competition would LOVE to have answers to.
God bless your grandma for having even more interesting secrets than those!!!
Each of those products represent new multi billion dollar markets...
There’s DEFINITELY some exposure here for for Apple, if these products weren’t halted & are now being worked on in insecure locations (employee’s homes).
 

cmaier

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which secrets?
most innovative iphone have 3 cameras while other androids already had 4
catalina have more bugs than both windows millenium + win 8
reinforced support stand for Pro display at tag price 5k ($, not resolution)?
maybe AR googles? naaah. Tim is waiting for someone else release them first so he can copy better
Ok got it! Tim cook is gay! ops, we already know this

Nowadays my grandma have more interesting secrets than apple
yes, she actually does. And she should be ashamed of herself.
 
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CarlJ

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Maybe they use the yet unreleased "facetime for business"?
They don't need (or want) several thousand people talking all at the same time ("okay, 173 of you still haven't muted your microphones - we can hear two dozen kids yelling and someone's vacuum cleaner - please everybody mute!") and they certainly don't want video from several thousand at once - they can have a single stream from Tim (or a combination of Tim and a dozen other high-level staff / experts / key personnel) that is viewed by thousands, and then have questions/concerns/comments submitted over email, or Messages, or some such, by any of the thousands of employees.

Surely they've already been working on the "get video streams from two dozen different remote locations and combine into a nice looking stream to send out to tens of thousands" technology, as they'll need this (complete with a backchannel for questions and comments) in order to put on WWDC this year. WWDC isn't going to happen over Zoom, or FaceTime (or WebEx or similar). Likely neither will this meeting.
 

JWiLL1988

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In a way, this ‘meeting’ also seems like more of a way for employees to kind of decompress by explaining their own life changes they’ve had to make with work life/personal Alterations life given the circumstances. If you think about it, a lot of these employees are out of touch with each other where they’re not conversing, collaborating or working with each other on a daily basis as they had been, and The adjustments have been polarizing to the point where I don’t think this is a ‘Question only’ round table, but rather a way of how the employees have coped during this transition, And what lies ahead how Apple will continue to conform these economic changes With the uncertainty of a timeframe that no one really knows when things will ‘normalize’.

As large as a company as Apple is, I think it’s Beneficial that they have this ‘virtual meeting’, because there are a lot of questions/concerns employees have, that Apple probably doesn’t even have all the answers yet Due to the pandemic really is a ‘day-by-day’ basis, but at least there showing that they value the employees input in some form or fashion.
Apple employee here.

we have multiple weekly virtual meetings.
 

bb9

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Apple CEO Tim Cook will hold a company-wide virtual meeting later this month for employees to ask questions about working-from-home arrangements that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1400x-1.jpg

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple sent a note to staff on Wednesday advising them of the plan.
Apple last week informed employees that its retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May, and Apple employees will continue to work from home until then.

In Santa Clara County, where Apple Park, Infinite Loop, and many other corporate offices and retail stores are located, there is a shelter in place order that will remain in effect until May 3.

The order prevents all nonessential businesses from being open and requires employees to work from home. Apple's corporate offices will not be able to reopen until that order is lifted.

Apple continues to review its flexible work arrangements in light of the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts.

In an earlier memo to employees, Apple said it was particularly focused on ensuring parents have the flexibility to adjust their schedules as necessary, with many children no longer able to attend school.

Article Link: Apple CEO to Address Employees at Virtual Company-Wide Meeting Later This Month
That is going to be one heck of a FaceTime call. 😆
 

stevet

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In a way, this ‘meeting’ also seems like more of a way for employees to kind of decompress by explaining their own life changes they’ve had to make with work life/personal Alterations life given the circumstances. If you think about it, a lot of these employees are out of touch with each other where they’re not conversing, collaborating or working with each other on a daily basis as they had been, and The adjustments have been polarizing to the point where I don’t think this is a ‘Question only’ round table, but rather a way of how the employees have coped during this transition, And what lies ahead how Apple will continue to conform these economic changes With the uncertainty of a timeframe that no one really knows when things will ‘normalize’.

As large as a company as Apple is, I think it’s Beneficial that they have this ‘virtual meeting’, because there are a lot of questions/concerns employees have, that Apple probably doesn’t even have all the answers yet Due to the pandemic really is a ‘day-by-day’ basis, but at least there showing that they value the employees input in some form or fashion.


Haha, I don't think the employees are going to be chiming in with their life changes.

"As large as a company as Apple is, I think it’s Beneficial that they have this ‘virtual meeting’, because there are a lot of questions/concerns employees have"

How do you know that? I think people at this point understand what's going on. You're acting like people are wrongfully being thrown in jail.
 
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forza1976

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So not unique. My company does this weekly with our CEO and his directs since this all started. Also a very visible company in San Francisco.
 

stevet

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My CEO is having daily video chats to explain what our company is doing and to answer questions. I’m guessing many comapanies are. Sorry Mark this isn‘t a scoop.


Everyday? Explain what the company is doing? I think you're either exaggerating or work for a very small company. I don't think many companies are operating that way.
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I wonder what video conferencing they use since Facetime has a limit of 32 participants. :)

Haha, they are probably using Zoom, the most insecure, data mining, Trojan horse out there.
 

jonnysods

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which secrets?
most innovative iphone have 3 cameras while other androids already had 4
catalina have more bugs than both windows millenium + win 8
reinforced support stand for Pro display at tag price 5k ($, not resolution)?
maybe AR googles? naaah. Tim is waiting for someone else release them first so he can copy better
Ok got it! Tim cook is gay! ops, we already know this

Nowadays my grandma have more interesting secrets than apple

As much as you don’t like Apple, and some of your criticism is accurate, yes they have quite a lot of secrecy to safeguard.
 

I7guy

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which secrets?
If you knew they wouldn’t be secrets.
most innovative iphone have 3 cameras while other androids already had 4
So adding a camera is now the low bar of innovation?
catalina have more bugs than both windows millenium + win 8
reinforced support stand for Pro display at tag price 5k ($, not resolution)?
maybe AR googles? naaah. Tim is waiting for someone else release them first so he can copy better
Ok got it! Tim cook is gay! ops, we already know this

Nowadays my grandma have more interesting secrets than apple
Hyperbolic nonsense.
 

V_Man

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In a way, this ‘meeting’ also seems like more of a way for employees to kind of decompress by explaining their own life changes they’ve had to make with work life/personal Alterations life given the circumstances. If you think about it, a lot of these employees are out of touch with each other where they’re not conversing, collaborating or working with each other on a daily basis as they had been, and The adjustments have been polarizing to the point where I don’t think this is a ‘Question only’ round table, but rather a way of how the employees have coped during this transition, And what lies ahead how Apple will continue to conform these economic changes With the uncertainty of a timeframe that no one really knows when things will ‘normalize’.

As large as a company as Apple is, I think it’s Beneficial that they have this ‘virtual meeting’, because there are a lot of questions/concerns employees have, that Apple probably doesn’t even have all the answers yet Due to the pandemic really is a ‘day-by-day’ basis, but at least there showing that they value the employees input in some form or fashion.

Really. When I’m not working. I don’t want to see coworkers. I want nothing to do with work stuff.

nothing wrong with the ceo doing this. But I hope it’s not mandatory.
 
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