These Are The Fabulous Rides Of Sir Jony Ive.

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Today, Apple designer Jony Ive turns 47. One of the threads of his incredible career has been a passion for hot wheels. Before going on to become one of the world’s most famous designers, Jony Ive went to London’s Central Saint Martins Art School fueled by an early passion to design cars. Eventually, though, he took a detour that led him to revolutionize design in personal technology.

Apple hasn’t gotten around to making an iCar yet, but Jony’s passion for automobiles is still revved up and cruising for thrills. The famed designer hasn’t been afraid to fork over some fat stacks for a nice car on a whim – even if one of his brutal beauties almost cost him his life – and has gathered a nice little collection of luxury cars over the years.

Here’s a look at some of the fabulous cars that have puttered their way into Jony’s garage, with insider information about each one pulled from the pages of Leander Kahney’s new book, “Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products.”

Orange Fiat 500

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Jony drove himself to school each day, arriving at Walton behind the wheel of a tiny Fiat 500 that he nicknamed Mabel. This toy-like Italian job would be the only non-British car that Jony would own. It was the early 80s and Jony sported long black hair, teased into spikes several inches high that was so monumental that it scraped the roof. Jony devised a solution that teachers still remember: he drove it with a mop of spiky black hair poking out the sunroof.

“Frogeye” Austin-Healey Sprite

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Jony eventually upgraded from the Fiat 500 to an entire stable of luxury vehicles, but his love for four wheels started when he was a teenager. He and his dad were restoring another car, a vintage “frogeye” Austin-Healey Sprite with spherical headlamps that seemed to rise out of its hood like a couple of wide-open eyes.

Aston Martin DB9

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The Aston Martin DB9 is a supercar known for its association with James Bond. Jony had the car delivered to New York and drove it cross-country with his dad, Mike. It cost about $250,000, but just a month after he got it, Jony wrecked the car on Interstate 280 near San Bruno. The accident nearly killed him and his commuting partner, Daniele De Iuliis, who was riding in the passenger seat.

“Jony was going pretty fast, although he said he was not going over 80 miles per hour,” said a colleague. “Something happened in the traffic. Jony lost control of the car, which went into a spin. It sling-shotted the back end, whacked into a panel truck and knocked that over, and went straight into the median. The whole car was smashed. They were lucky to get out alive. The car was a mess; totally fucked up on all sides.”

The airbags went off, filling the car with the smell of the explosive that set off the airbags. Jony found the smell unsettling as he came to. “He woke up with the smell of gunpowder in the car and that was weird. He was distressed by that,” said another source. “Ironically, the car crash alerted Apple to how important Jony is to the company and they gave him a big pay raise.”

Aston Martin Vanquish

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Jony was undeterred in his quest for speed and cool cars: He bought a second DB9. When it burst into flames parked outside his garage, he complained to Aston Martin. “Him being English and his relationship with Steve and Apple, he went to Aston Martin and they told him they’d give him a great deal,” said a source. The company offered him a discount to move up to the Vanquish (2004–2005 model), a $300,000 grand touring car with a monstrous V12 engine.

As well as being fast and powerful, Aston Martins are known for their innovative production methods. Their cars are built from unusual, lightweight materials like aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber. The all-aluminum chassis is glued together rather than welded, which makes it incredibly strong and resistant to cracking. Jony would soon introduce similar production methods to Apple’s manufacturing arsenal.

White Bentley Brooklands

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Soon after his purchase of the Aston Martin Vanquish, Jony looked to British luxury car manufacturer Bentley for his next miracle whip – a white Bentley Brooklands. With its classic Bentley waterfall grille as well as dual headlights with wraparound parking lights, the Brooklands looks like a rich man’s luxury vehicle built for comfort more than performance, but don’t be fooled, Jony’s White Lightning boasts over 500 Horsepower and tops out at 183.9 mph.

Land Rover LR3

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Being the most powerful person at Apple comes with its perks, like being able to go buy a luxury SUV on a whim just because you’re jelly of a fellow co-worker’s wheels. That’s exactly what happened with Jony’s purchase of the Land Rover LR3, after one of his colleagues in the design studio bought one. “Jony wanted one as well and got one within days,” said a source.

Black Bentley Brooklands

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Later, Jony added a black Bentley Brooklands to his stable. Costing about $160,000, the Brooklands was hand assembled with lots of interior wood and leather. It’s another powerful machine, capable of reaching 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in five seconds.

Source: Cult of Mac.

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Airframe, The Pocket-Sized Car Mount For iPhones.

Airframe, The Pocket-Sized Car Mount For iPhones

Despite the fact that you’ll probably end up killing someone because of it, you’re going to keep using your phone in the car. With this in mind, I bring tidings of the Airframe from Kenu, a tiny smartphone mount which clips to the louvers of your car’s ventilation holes and hugs the phone tightly. The idea is that your iPhone is now secure and convenient, making it less likely that you’ll mow down a cyclist while you try to compose a Tweet.

The part I like best about the Airframe is the name of the company that makes it: Kenu. Founded by Ken Minn, Kenu is clearly just his name with a U attached. We should all take inspiration from this. I will call my next endeavor “Charlieu,” which has the added bonus of sounding French and therefore very classy. Our own Killian Bell could start a company called Killianu, which would be some kind of deadly canoe bristling with guns.

And Erfonu could be… Well, pretty much any social networking product.

Back to the Airframe, which clamps onto any phone thanks to two spring-loaded, plastic-covered jaws and holds it right over the car’s heater, leaving the bottom and top edges free for you to insert cables (as you’re driving, of course).

How much for this wonder-device? $25, available for pre-order now.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Siri Eyes Free to feature on 2013 Honda Accord, along with several Acura models.

Siri ‘Eyes Free’ was one of the many iOS 6 features that Apple showed off at it’s annual WWDC event in 2012, and it’s only just starting to emerge on select models from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. The feature allows its user to activate Siri via a button on their steering wheel, in order to minimize the distraction of the iPhone, while still keeping its functionality.

Happily, if you’ve been waiting for a car to be released with this feature (I’m guessing this is a very narrow audience now), then you’ll be happy to hear that Honda has just announced that the 2013 Accord, and Acura RDX and ILX will all be available with Siri Eyes Free as a dealer-installed optional extra.

American Honda Assistant Vice President of Automobile Product Planning Vicki Poponi said this about the announcement:

“Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”

Honda’s pricing for this feature is yet to be released, so stay tuned for more information.

Source: TodaysiPhone.

Sally Park ~ Park stress-free Lets You Forget Where You Parked Without Losing Your Car.

by Lory Gil from appadvice

Sally Park ~ Park stress-free Lets You Forget Where You Parked Without Losing Your Car

Sally Park ~ Park stress-free by Azurcoding iconSally Park ~ Park stress-free ($0.99) by Azurcoding is a convenient parking app that will help you remember when you parked, where you parked, and how long you have before the meter maid slaps you with a $48 parking ticket. If you’ve ever forgotten where you parked, this app will save your tired feet some unnecessary walking.

IMG_2680This app is so easy to use it is ridiculous. All you have to do is open the app and tap the big “Park” button. The app will automatically drop a pin at that location. You can head out to that rock concert with complete confidence that you’ll still be able to find your car in the dark after a few beers when the concert is over.

The app will tell you how many feet you are from your car. If you need more help, you can tap the map to see the best route to get to your car.

If you want a little more from your parking experience, have no fear. Sally Park also includes a timer to remind you of when your meter is about to run out. You can set it for between one minute and two hours and forty minutes. You will get a reminder when you have five minutes left and an alert when your meter has expired.

Users can also take a picture where are parked with this app and write a note to help remind them of where their car is. If you park in a six-floor parking garage, you can snap a quick picture of your car and the surroundings and write a note to remind you that you parked on the third floor near the stairwell. This will make things a lot easier for you when you get back from a business trip and can’t remember where you parked your car in that giant airport parking structure.

This is a very useful and convenient app. The fact that it is so simple to use makes it a great buy for anyone with a car. We’ve all forgotten where we parked at least one time in our lives. Sally Park will make sure that never happens again.

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