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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indonica Hamdani

how amazing. im getting one for suuuure
but i thinkit would be better if the shape was a little rectangle than a circle. It looks liek its easy to slip out of your hands and it looks lieka little powder compact....Im still getting one though haha

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Anonymous Apple Fan

The Squidget is the absolute coolest thing I have ever seen. MacLife, I saw this in your magazine and went straight to the web. The 'spaz lightning' is the really innovative part. You should call it iPaging...

Anyway, the push songs is a good idea, but by using a mini-jack to mini-jack cable and the Line-in port on a computer, you could just record it in Audacity/GarageBand and not have to pay.

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Anonymous

do you have to have a squidget to communicate with some1 who has a squidget???

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Anonymous

tha squid get is hell gay.

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Michael

I would prefer to see the iCar implemented in a Jetta or Beatle.

Jetta has a cool design and Beatle has the awesome colors like the original Powerbooks and iMacs.

Also being a lower end vehicle would make them more affordable and thus marketable.

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Anonymous

when does this come out?

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Anonymous

the squidget looks soooo cool! i'd def. buy one. i'd also buy the ieye. but for the i car it would be not so cool they definitly should partner with bmw or Ferrari not audi!

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Anonymous

the iCar needs more cupholders.
which bring me to my next point: must be waterproof and very easy to clean.

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Personsen

I want one so bad, you guys should send the idea to apple and they might make it. A LOT of people will buy them, it looks so cool!
:(

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Anonymous

You may have touched on something with the iEye. Apple should definitely look into the digital camera market; both still and video. An Apple camera would do for photography and videography what the iPod did for digital music and the iPhone is doing for smartphones/communications/PDAs.

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inspired

The icar would become the most stolen car in America

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Crtaylor

I would really like to buy this camera if it ever comes out! It just looks plain awesome, and i love Apple!

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Anonymous

I am not sure if Apple would ever make mats with their logo to put your dirty shoes on.

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alpha

I think as long as you were wearing their shoes (not the nike ones) they'd be ok.

http://redlightrunner.stores.yahoo.net/vinsixcolaps.html

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kim krause

doesn't anyone remember the first icar...it was a white smart with a built in ipod cradle.in fact smart was the first car manufacturer to offer an ipod kit over 3 years ago.i have one in my smart cabrio and even the newest ipods still fit in the cradle. sad actually that this little car was so ahead of its time yet still isn't totally accepted as a real car. maybe when oil hops over the 100 buck mark people might wake up.....

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Anonymous

What's with the SONY Ads? Is this some Synergy thing... Mac/Life is about Apple, Apple is Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs sits on the Board for Disney, Disney Uses Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray is SONY, therefore sony advertises in Mac/Life.

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Anonymous

NO, apple and sony are completely different companies competing in both different and the same fields. you cannot compare apple and sony like that. What if steve jobs passed away, he would no longer be on the board of directors for disney and therefore the relationship you made with apple and sony would be cut off.

yes i believe that apple and sony have some relation but i believe the one you made is not the appropriate one.

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JonPhillips

Love the theory! (Seriously, I do...) Mind if I put this in the letters section of the magazine?

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Omer Zach

I would sell my soul for an iCar.

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:oetze

then you must call 666 66 666 6 and ask for S. Atan :)

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Anonymous

There are some very creative ideas in this intentionally over-the-top feature... for instance, having a "distress" button on GPS-enabled phones that calls the police and sends your GPS coordinates. If only police departments had the ability to respond quickly and find you by GPS- my guess is that if officers want GPS, they have to buy it on their own.

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Anonymous

Most large departments do have GPS. I am an Officer in a major city and we have a really good GPS system on our in-car Panasonic Toughbooks (I'm exclusively Apple at home). I think it would be a great tool to add to phones as we usually have to use triangulation methods through the carrier. It would make it a lot easier if we could just go to the GPS coordinates, especially if once activated, the phone was tracked until reset.

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Michael Dunlop

NO! Apple needs to partner with BMW to make the iCar! after all they do have iDrive in there cars...

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Crtaylor

Audi should have the iCar, in my opinion. They are already very luxurious as it is. Therefore, it would be the ultimate marriage between a cool car and an Apple computer. The idea of putting this in a Beatle would just be too cheesy. :[

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Anonymous

Yep, iDrive is just begging for an Apple-like interface

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Anonymous

I can't wait to buy that Squidget one day - definitely the Burberry one.

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