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Watch the latest episode of the show below: “Apple HQ Glass Wall Problem.”

Apple has been known to prioritise form over function with its founder Steve Jobs infusing this approach in to the company’s DNA. However, this approach has its drawbacks when that form interferes with proper functionality, with a recent example being the news that employees at Apple Park have sustained minor injuries at Apple’s new spaceship campus headquarters in Cupertino by walking straight in to the pristine glass walls that are a feature of the building’s impressive design. Although stickers and well-positioned partial frosting of the glass may fix this issue, it would work against Apple’s pristine design concept for the building with management already removing temporary sticky notes employees have put on the glass to warn others of its presence. Steve and Ben discuss Apple’s strict adherence to form over function, and how it may be time for Apple to let go of some of the concepts from the Steve Jobs era of the company if it is to grow and mature in to the future.

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