Everybody misses one thing on this pandemic. Getting on planes. Hugging their faraway family members. Yelling and screaming in a crowded stadium.

Professionally talking, I actually, actually miss going to Apple events. There was a string, relationship again to the late oughts, when I rarely missed one. In these days they had been in or close to the Moscone Middle in San Francisco. Earlier than the occasion began, I’d sit as far ahead as doable so I might crane my neck to see which high Apple executives and what enterprise/political/cultural luminaries had been seated within the entrance row. Was that Al Gore? In fact. He’s on the board. (Nonetheless is.) May that be J.J. Abrams, up from Hollywood? Actually it’s.

If I used to be feeling daring I might wander as much as schmooze with these personages till I used to be shooed away by a PR individual. In any other case, I might watch the bonhomie—a lot of backslapping and broad grins, like the primary day of summer season camp—from a distance.

Music would thump from the audio system, after which, at exactly 10:00 a.m.—you might set your watch to it, within the days earlier than the no-need-to-set-it Apple Watch—the lights would go down, and Steve Jobs, or later Tim Cook, would stroll onstage to thunderous cheers. Pondering again, it jogs my memory of the bleating sheep in Animal Farm, which I simply re-read. (“4 legs good, two legs dangerous!” “iOS good, Home windows dangerous!”)

I’m taking you on this journey down reminiscence lane, in fact, as a result of Apple held an iPhone event Tuesday. Attendance of an Apple product launch has been democratized. Anybody can watch Tuesday’s present here. In the event you’ve by no means been to an Apple gathering, this can be a nice growth. It’s obtained the identical pump-up-the-heart music, the identical slick movies, the identical strained, middle-aged company exuberance.

As for the substance, effectively, it was advantageous. The new iPhones look good, the costs have held regular, and sometime, in all probability not as far-off because the critics say, 5G will likely be thrilling.

But it surely’s simply not the identical as being there in individual. Nothing is.

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Naturally, I’m going to overlook Fortune too: That is my final day. I apologize if I didn’t reply to the fantastic notes so a lot of you wrote in response to my posts at Fortune, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium. I’ll attempt to be extra lively than standard on social media as soon as I resume writing so you possibly can comply with my efforts. Till then, thanks from the underside of my coronary heart.

Adam Lashinsky

Twitter: @adamlashinsky

adam.lashinsky@fortune.com

This version of Information Sheet was curated by Robert Hackett.

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