Apple Hardware Prototypes: Four Radical New Concepts Revealed

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Apple Hardware Prototypes: Four Radical New Concepts Revealed

iProtection

 

 

A postmodern response to the existential threats of urban living.

 

Sure, you chuckle now. But in 10 years’ time—when the polar caps have melted and wild dogs are roaming the streets—you’ll be glad Apple had the foresight to develop iProtection. This pocket-sized mobile security system is the world’s first hip and mainstream personal safety device. Who says your descent into full-tilt paranoia need not be fun? Music might be your boyfriend, but the arc of an 800,000-volt stun gun is your biker-looking uncle who lets you shoot guns in the backyard.

 

iProtection  pocket-sized mobile security system

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1. A perfectly cylindrical iProtection baton might roll away if dropped. That’s why our design includes a single flat face.

 

2. Releasing the stun gun button resets the biometric safety, ensuring that your iProtection can’t easily be used against you (should, God forbid, the worst occur)

 

3. You’ll be interested to know that iProtection doesn’t carry any version of iTunes and can’t play any type of media downloaded from the Internet. (The soundtrack of postmodern paranoia can be heard in the wind.)

 

Identification, illumination, and electrification are the cornerstones of iProtection safety. If you sense an assault is imminent, you can activate a piercing, 120-decibel alarm siren that immediately identifies the locus of your trouble. A built-in GPS tracker further identifies your whereabouts—as soon as you hit the alarm (which also includes a silent mode), a distress signal sends your coordinates to local law enforcement. The GPS also includes a real-time display, which is perfect for calling in updates of your exact location should you ever find yourself stuffed in the trunk of a moving car, your iPhone conveniently within reach.

 

Naturally, the iProtection system includes a high-intensity LED flashlight. Your acts of urban payback will be nothing if not well lit. All of which leads us to the baton’s offensive component, an 800,000-volt stun gun with a three-stage safety trigger. Press the trigger once, and a biometric sensor immediately recognizes the thumbprint as yours, unlocking the safety toggle. Press the button a second time to arm the stun gun; the electrodes will rise from the baton’s surface. Press the button a third time and iProtection issues a nasty electrical discharge. Your assailant would not want to be mocking your choice of iPod colors right about now.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous

OMG I want a squidget but I think the diameter of it should be like 2 inches more.

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Anonymous

I think there should be a scroll wheel for the windows..... It would be so cool!!!!

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Mob

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Anonymous

I WANT ONE SOOO BADLY! DOSE N E ONE KNOW IF AND WHEN IT WILL BE COMING OUT?!?!?!?!??!?!

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Mohammad

Where can i buy an iCar from saudi arabia

Can i find it in the audi shop

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icar is a prodotypw

it is just a prodotype

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eddbit1

iProtection- I laughed at first but i eventually saw how great it is. Only one flaw just in case it rolls in a backpack, purse, ect. it should have a special protective front so it doensnt tazer you

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surfer33

The Squidget looks soooo cool! I can't wait for that to come out!

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Anonymous

To 75% of everyone who posted above... THIS ISN'T A REAL PROTOTYPE! Mac|Life is just trying to show possible prototypes! THIS THING IS NOT "COMING OUT" ever! Its not even being planned to being planned to consiodered to think abnout to decide if it even has a chance to become a REAL prototype! Capishce? ....having said that, I STILL WANT THE iPROTECTION!

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Squidget?

this is a prototype but it doesnt mean it will never come out. they might come out with it. GO F*** urself

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alexandrastinson

i soo want a squidget when it comes out my parents will buy it for me!!!!

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Anonymous

i want the freakin ieye it is so awesome

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Steve Jobs

I thought we shut down Think Secret!

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alexandrastinson

please make a squidget it would mean the world to me

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Anonymous

Hey this is actually my very first time reading and subscribing to a Technical Magazine and i bought your guys magazine 3 days Ago and noticed the SQUIDGET!! Now you might think this is sooo silly but me and everyone i showed the Squidget to would buy it. And let me tell You i showed ALOT OF PEOPLE!! And i was wondering are you guys goin 2 submit this idea to Apple? If not then I will JK but seriously i really need One!! I SERIOUSLY NEED AND WANT ONE PLZ TELL ME U R GOING TO TELL APPLE ABOUT THIS GREAT INVENTION!!?

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Anonymous

This is just fake !!!!!

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Squidget?

When is the squidget going to vow out?

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Anonymous

when is it coming out and are you sure it will cost $129?

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Anonymous

im telling you, apple is planning on taking over the world! first the iPod, then the iPhone, next is the iCar, then the iHouse, then iRobot. then we are all dead.

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alyssa

I think the squidget is so cool and it's perfect for teens! I def. can't wait for it to come out but I think they should make a pirates of the caribbean faceplate instead of preppy burberry...

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Anonymous

I've been trying to figure out when the squidget comes out because I'm so excited...do you know when it'll be released?

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Anonymous

I thought that all of the products were great but they each had their own flaws

The Squidqet- MAJOR FLAWS! It is a law suit waiting to happen. First off if this product is reaching out to tweens myspace should not be there (if you need myspace so bad, go on the safari). Tweens AND teens should not be included as a main feature. SMS texting is ruining the purpose of the product for parents. $12.99 a month is not what parents want, they want thier kids to get this so they dont hhave to pay for a cell phone. Replace the SMS with iChat. (idea- add in an iSight JUST for video chatting, nothing else)

iEye- not really any flaws, just i think that photobooth effects should be added in.

iProtection- I laughed at first but i eventually saw how great it is. Only one flaw just in case it rolls in a backpack, purse, ect. it should have a special protective front so it doensnt tazer you

iCar- TO MANY FLAWS TO EVEN COMMENT ABOUT!

They all had some graet things too.

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GuerrillaMonsoonDan

Who the hell thought it would be a good idea to merge the iCar concept with a Ferrari? (below)

As if they don't cost enough already!!

I like the concept though, looks awesome! They'd need to offer a range of cars with the option though methinks, I can't afford a TT now, let alone if it had an Apple package.

They could release the Squidget in limited edition gold with a free Argos 'gold' chain, it'd sell like hotcakes to the tracksuit and trainer wearing contingent! Haha

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Anonymous

I think that all of these product ideas would do well. I think that Mac|Life should definetly give these to apple. Apple has already gotten alot of people to use their products, and with these ideas put into action even more people will use apple products. With this kind of creativity put into action the future could be an Apple World!

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Anonymous

I have to have the Squidget. It looks sooo cool! That would be awesome. I wonder what else Apple will think of!

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Anonymous

i have a friend that works for apple. Not one of the highest people, but pretty well into their ranks=)
he told me a few weeks ago that apple will venture into the camera department. If its anything like the prototype above, I'll be one of the first to buy it.

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alexandrastinson

tell him or her to tell apple to make the darn squidget

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Anonymous

Are they sure about the squidget and everything they said in Mac-Life?

Oh, and is the a iProtection a joke? Please tell me it is. I can imagine the commercial now-
"It's an iPod- THAT CAN SHOOT 20,000 VOLTS INTO A MUGGERS
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(1 2 3 4 softly playing in background)

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KSW, Atlanta

I think you missed the biggest part of iCar.

A million mobile wireless sites all with access to iTunes/iTV.
Apple could establish a global wireless network through the
use of auto's capable of 'extending a network' to millions on
the street or walking around. Paid for by the Auto Co's and drivers.
BRILLIANT! All hail Apple!

KSW

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Anonymous

Apple wouldn't fare well if they entered the digital camera industry. There are too many well sedimented segments and niches within the consumer market alone for Apple to land one huge product with the kind of effect had by the iPod. The strategy of revolutionizing should be preferred over jumping bandwagons.

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Nick

are these REAL prototypes??? if so...when will they be coming out? if not...you should work as hard as you can to at least send the squidget idea into mac. it is the most genius idea i have EVER seen in my life! i would definately buy one...is the squidget just txting or a phone too...cuz i have had the idea to make a cheap text only product that looks really neat...looks like youve managed to do that! also for the squidget...does it have a built in iPod as well??? please reply!

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Anonymous

the squidget has a tiny part of it dedicatted to song but there isn't a lot of memory for a bunch of songs but it can hold probably a few hundred around there...

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Anonymous

Yes, the squidget has a music feature...it's more like a music player than a texting device anyways. And I don't believe it is a phone.

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Anonymous

i agree. the squidget is awesome. but it wouldn't matter if it had an iPod becuause i already have one, but not everyone does.

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Anonymous

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