Apple today rolled out a new look for the main iTunes Store for those using iTunes 12 in the Yosemite beta just days ahead of the operating system's expected launch, and it champions the "flatter" look that's been so popular at the Cupertino company lately. That brings the design of the site more in line with the flat look of Yosemite itself.
If you're looking to get into the mind of Apple design chief Jony Ive and his thoughts on the Apple Watch and Steve Jobs, you'd do well to go check out a profile of the tech celebrity by Robert Sullivan over at Vogue. The article contains many details about the day-to-day activities of Jony's home and work life, and details his rise to Apple from a humble design shop in London.
By next week, the hottest stories will all be features unveiled in the newest release of iOS 8 and of course, the iPhone 6. And maybe, just maybe, we'll also be talking about the iWatch. It's only a matter of time, so while you wait, lets see what else has been going on.
Today Apple's already strong reputation for good design received a further boost with Vanity Fair's revelation that famed designer Marc Newson is joining the Cupertino company's design team. Newson has reportedly been close friends with Apple's lead designer Jony Ive for years, and duo should produce great things in the future. And considering current rumors, it doesn't hurt that he's spent much of the last couple of decades designing luxury watches.
This morning Apple refreshed its betas for iOS and Mac OS X, adding a number of new, comparatively minor tweaks as iOS 8 and Yosemite both nudge ever closer to their official launches. But nestled among these tweaks is perhaps Apple's biggest surprise of all — it's updated the aging Apple TV interface to better resemble iOS 7.
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
A big week for stories about Apple competitors. There's a real rogues' gallery of names here from Google to Samsung from Microsoft to Amazon. And if you're a fan of the actor Christian Bale, then you're in for a treat. Meanwhile, it's not too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. All that and more beneath the fold.
On Steve Jobs' birthday last week, Tim Cook tweeted a remembrance of his friend and mentor that summed up Steve's genius in just a few words: "Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right."
Meanwhile, a few thousand miles away Samsung was getting ready to announce its newest "next big things," the Galaxy S5, along with a couple of Galaxy Gears, a fitness tracker and some refinements to its TouchWiz interface.
The overlapping dates were a happy coincidence. The choice of quote was not. Cook was sending a message to anyone criticizing Apple for bringing up the rear in the smartwatch race: Slow and steady is how we win.
If you've ever wanted a clear idea of how opposed Apple is to the idea of customizable interfaces, consider the case of poor Themer, which was pulled from Google Play earlier this month following a copyright claim from Apple. The offender? According to TechCrunch, it's a little Android skin called Seven that mimicked the look of Apple's latest mobile operating system for devotees of Cupertino's mobile arch rival.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.