Macworld is here! The biggest bestest event for fans of everything Apple kicked off today at Moscone West in San Francisco, with an all-day session on iPhoneography. If you're interested in the other sessions and speakers taking place throughout the weekend, be sure to download the official Macworld/iWorld official app, or visit macworldiworld.com.
Highlights of what I saw today (day zero?) after the jump!
You've probably read a bunch of "best of" lists over the past few weeks, but I couldn't let 2012 go by without honoring some of the best-designed apps in the App Store. So, without further ado, I present my picks for the 2012 Rounded Rectangles iOS Design Awards. It seemed like all the good categories were taken, so I had to come up with a few of my own...
Rounded Rectangles is a design column that runs every Tuesday on MacLife.com. This week's Tuesday is Christmas, however, the one day of the year when nobody wants to read about awesome technology and the ways Apple finds to make it special. So while we aren't normally in the habit of publishing poetry, we humbly present the following for your consideration.
All-in-ones are meant to be seen. From the Twentieth Anniversary Mac to whatever Dell's selling these days, all-in-one computers are built to embrace their top-of-the-desk status, beckoning users with sleek curves and handsome enclosures. Nowhere is this more true than with the iMac. From the early days of Bondi Blue to the newest aluminum-and-glass marvel, the iMac has always represented Apple's unabashed pursuit of physical perfection. In a sense, it could be the ultimate representation of form over function; every sacrifice has been made for the sake of design, every decision has been made for aesthetics.
Speck's fabric-covered hard cases get a style boost from snowboard gear maker Burton's wild patterns. This one-piece case snaps easily on and off your phone, and features rubberized buttons and perfectly shaped cutouts for all your phone's ports. The fabric covering offers good grip, and comes in three bold patterns to make your iPhone stand out in a crowd.
If you're clumsy, or work outdoors, Cygnett's WorkMate is a heavier-duty case made of flexible plastic and rubber. Molded ridges on the inside claim shock-absorbing powers, but we're a bit skeptical that they'll add much more protection. WorkMate comes in Slate Blue or Khaki, which is actually a military green. The rubber covers make your phone's buttons a bit harder to operate, but you may appreciate the additional protection in rougher environments.
Today is my last day at Mac|Life magazine as your Managing Editor (and acting Online Editor). It's been a pleasure serving you these last three-and-a-half years. I've enjoyed informing you of the latest from the Apple sphere, keeping you entertained on the Mac|Live podcast and The Mac|Life Show, and annoying you with my Android and PC gaming fandom. (Sorry about that, by the way. Old habits die hard.)
I don't like writing goodbyes because -- pardon the cliche -- I don't believe in them. I know our paths will cross again soon. Feel free to keep tabs on me and my Beverly Hills, 90210 obsession on Twitter. And always, always tweet me pictures of your adorable puppies.
It's iPhone 5 day, and Apple Stores around the country opened its doors an hour early to greet hoards of diehard Apple devotees with a new handset. It's a fairly exciting sight to see: people line up early in the morning -- some even camp out for days -- for the chance to be one of the first to get an iPhone 5. Those who were queued downtown at the San Francisco Apple Store, where I participated in the iPhone launch, had lined up on a whim early in the morning without a pre-order to guarantee them a unit. The person at the very front of the line, however, wasn't there for his own iPhone, but to wait in line for someone else. And he was paid to do it.
I am not a Twitter power user. I'm what you would call a lurker--I've sent all of 18 tweets since I created my account several years ago--but I still use my favorite client (Tweetbot) quite a bit throughout the day. My needs are simple: I want to instantly locate tweets I haven't read and scroll through them quickly, explore links easily and effortlessly send articles my Instapaper queue.
In today's afternoon news roundup, Apple's looking for new ways to ditch Google as the default search engine for its Safari browser, iMessages has a brief outage, and Apple's stock prices shoot through the roof.