Remember back in March, when Swiss watchmakers were said to be dismissive and unwilling to work with Apple on its rumored Apple Watch project? Some are apparently already regretting that attitude as we inch closer to the device's launch. Today LVMH watch head Jean-Claude Biver announced that he'd "changed his mind," reports Reuters, and he's partnering with unspecified tech companies as he attempts to make a smartwatch of the company's own.
Apple design chief Jony Ive made a special appearance at London's Design Museum yesterday, where he covered multiple topics with museum director Deyan Sudjic and provided some insight into the design process of Apple.
Samsung usually gets the most flack for blatantly copying the design of an Apple product and passing it off as its own, but the Korean company's going to have to try really hard to up the ante Lenovo just put down. The Chinese manufacturer's new "Sisley" S90 smartphone looks appallingly familiar; indeed, at a casual glance, one might easily mistake it for a certain large smartphone Apple released just last September.
Apple design chief Jony Ive might be best known for designing the iPhone, but according to the man himself, it was the Apple Watch which posed the greatest design challenge of his creative career so far. Speaking to a crowd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night as he accepted the accepted the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award for lifetime achievement, Ive called the Apple Watch a "difficult and humbling program."
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."