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.
A week of praise for the iPhone 5s and a week of blame for it both. And it looks like a distributor has a great tradeback deal in the works, so if you were hesitant about a new handset, this could be your ticket. Plus a great Cupertino employee moonlights for an iconic brand. That and more behind the curtain.
Want to see what Jony Ive's design aesthetic looks like when he's not designing new operating systems for our friends over in Cupertino? AppleInsider revealed images of a Leica rangefinder camera he designed with Marc Newson for a Product (RED) charity auction, and it's a beauty.
We may never know what the "C" actually stands for. There are any number of words that fit the description of the newest member of the iPhone line — the most obvious being "colorful," as used in its tagline — but Apple has been somewhat coy about its true meaning.
I have my own theory. I don't think the "C" stands for any of the words that have been bandied about. I think it's more abstract than an simple adjective, a word or words that speak to the iPhone 5c's importance and what it represents to Apple, something far more personal to its namers than appearance or price.