Tim Cook to unveil iPhone 5 on October 4
Finally, we have a date. Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, will unveil the iPhone 5 on October 4 making for his public debut on the big stage. Cook has been in the public eye before with the announcements of the new Apple products, but next month’s event will be the first time the new CEO will take the stage with his new title. And not to mention, his announcement and unveiling of the iPhone 5 is pretty major and has been long awaited by millions of Apple users and fans.
While the nation is so used to seeing Steve Jobs make these product announcements, reports are floating around that he may make a cameo appearance. We already know the anticipated next-generation iPhone will have sky rocketing sales, but a Jobs cameo would just make the day so much sweeter.
There hasn’t been any confirmed design elements from the iPhone 5, but we can imagine an improved camera and body, along with additions to the operating system, will be on the forefront. And there is already a long line of Americans who can’t wait to make their smartphone upgrade.
Reports are suggesting that the product will be available mid-October and we can’t wait to see what sorts of pandemonium the product launch will create throughout the states. Stay tuned for any updates and iPhone 5 speculations.
How innovation is transforming government
According to Washington Technology’s Top 100 list, Leidos is the largest IT provider to the government. But as Lieutenant General William J. Bender explains, “that barely scratches the surface” of the company’s portfolio and drive for innovation.
Bender, who spent three and a half decades in the military, including a stint as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), has seen action in the field and in technology during that time, and it runs in the family. Bender’s son is an F-16 instructor pilot. So it stands to reason Bender Senior intends to ensure a thriving technological base for the U.S. Air Force. “What we’re really doing here is transforming the federal government from the industrial age into the information age and doing it hand-in-hand with industry,” he says.
The significant changes that have taken place in the wider technology world are precisely the capabilities Leidos is trying to pilot the U.S. Air Force through. It boils down to developing cyberspace as a new domain of battle, globally connected and constantly challenged by the threat of cybersecurity attacks.
“We recognize the importance of the U.S. Air Force’s missions,” says Bender, “and making sure they achieve those missions. We sit side-by-side with the air combat command, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance infrastructure across the Air Force. There are multiple large programs where the Air Force is partnering with Leidos to ensure their mission is successfully accomplished 24/7/365. In this company, we’re all in on making sure there’s no drop in capability.”
That partnership relies on a shared understanding of delivering successful national security outcomes, really understanding the mission at hand, and Leidos’ long-standing relationship of over 50 years with the federal government.
To look at where technology is going, Bender thinks it is important to look back at the last 10 to 15 years. “What we’ve seen is a complete shift in how technology gets developed,” he says. “It used to be that the government invested aggressively in research and development, and some of those technologies, once they were launched in a military context, would find their way into the commercial space. That has shifted almost a hundred percent now, where the bulk of the research and development dollars and the development of tech-explicit technologies takes place in the commercial sector.”
“There’s a long-standing desire to adopt commercial technology into defense applications, but it’s had a hard time crossing the ‘valley of death’ [government slang for commercial technologies and partnerships that fail to effectively transition into government missions]. Increasingly we’re able to do that. We need to look at open architectures and open systems for a true plug-and-play capability. Instead of buying it now and trying to guess what it’s going to be used for 12 years from now, it should be evolving iteratively.”