This Macintosh replica will have you lusting for wood

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Love Hultén has created a beautiful replica of the original 128k Macintosh made almost entirely out of American walnut. Known for his craftsmanship in building replicas and concepts of gaming consoles among other gadgets, Hultén has taken that love and applied it to one of Apple’s most beloved products to date. He calls it the Golden Apple.

What’s even more impressive is that the replica works, though not the way you might expect. Hultén actually built the wooden housing around a functional Mac mini. The additional optical disc drive is in perfect alignment with where the floppy disk drive was on the original Macintosh. Judging by the UI on the display, the Mac appears to be running either OS X Leopard or OS X Snow Leopard.

The keyboard is also made out of walnut and “uses blue cherry MX tactile switches which are covered by gold plated key caps made from zink.” It’s designed to resemble the original Macintosh keyboard as well.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy this stunning creation, since Hultén really just makes these creations to show off but ultimately keep for himself. You can certainly browse through the gallery of photos and check out his very charming demo video on YouTube. Yes, I know, it’s not the same, but a drool-worthy tribute such as this deserves to be cherished even if just through the Internet.

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Jony Ive talks design process, Apple Watch, Xiaomi rip-offs and more in wide ranging interview.

Yesterday evening, Apple design chief Jony Ive sat down for a somewhat rare interview at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. BusinessInsider was in attendance covering the festivities and provided a thorough recap of Ive’s comments on a wide range of issues.

During the course of the interview, Ive touched on the Apple design process, what it was like working with Steve Jobs, the origins of the Apple Watch, how he originally joined the Apple team, and much, much more.

Below are a few of the highlights.

With respect to the design team at Apple, Ive noted that it’s a small team comprised of about 17 individuals. Interestingly, Ive notes that no one has ever left the team voluntarily and that he’s taken measures to ensure that the team remains small and, presumably, manageable.

One of the advantages of being part of a design team that’s been around for a long time is we’ve had the luxury to develop our process. We meet three or four times a week.

The designers gather around the same kind of tablets you see in Apple Stores. We stand around those tables…and we draw.

Later in the interview, Ive touched briefly on the return of rounded corners on the latest iPhone 6 models. Ive explained that he and his team opted for rounded corners because it worked to make the larger iPhone models seem and feel less wide.

Years ago we made prototypes with bigger screens. There were interesting features having a bigger screen, but the end result was a lousy product because they were clunky like a lot of competitors’ phones are still. Years ago we realized this is going to be important that we have larger screens but we need to do a lot of things to make it a compelling product.

When the interview transitioned into a Q&A session, Ive was asked for his thoughts on Xiaomi, a Chinese-based company whose products are so blatantly Apple rip-offs that they make Samsung’s copying seem minuscule in comparison. Needless to say, Ive isn’t one to view imitation as a form of flattery.

There is a danger…I don’t see it as flattery. I see it as theft. When you’re doing something for the first time and you don’t know it’s going to work. I have to be honest the last thing I think is “Oh, that is flattering. All those weekends I could’ve been home with my family…I think it’s theft and lazy. I don’t think it’s OK at all.

The entire interview is chock full of interesting information, and while some of it treads on familiar territory, it’s still worth checking out in its entirety.

Lastly, here’s a video clip of Ive talking about what it was like working with Jobs.

The Apple Watch’s design is even more beautiful round.

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about Apple’s reveal on Tuesday of their first smartwatch was that it was square.

Many of us were expecting something that was at least curved, if not round: a more traditional watch form factor that represented an evolutionary step away from the square displays Apple has embraced since the original Apple I.

Of course, as we all know, the Apple Watch is boxy, at least for now. But as these renders show, the Apple Watch design and UI would work just as well, if not more so, in a round casing, with a round display.

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4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Mockup Comparison to iPod Touch Highlights Design Similarities.

Italian site , which previously published several photos of a fairly good quality physical mockup of the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 based on design drawings from Japanese magazine , has now shared an interesting new photo set [Google Translate] comparing the mockup to a current-generation iPod touch. 

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The photos clearly show how similar the two devices are in design, from the curved edges on the rear shell to the style of speaker holes along the bottom edge. The iPhone 6 at 7.0 mm thick based on the design drawings is clearly thicker than the iPod touch at 6.1 mm, although the iPhone 6 would still be noticeably thinner than the iPhone 5s at 7.6 mm. 

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The iPhone 6 of course has larger height and width than the iPod touch, given that the body must accommodate a 4.7-inch display compared to the 4-inch display of the iPod touch. 

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The style is naturally also similar to the iPhone 5c, which itself took some design cues from the iPod touch, although the bright rear shell colors are the defining features of the iPhone 5c and they are unlikely to make their way into Apple’s flagship iPhone 6. 


In addition to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Apple is rumored to be launching an even larger model with a 5.5-inch display, although that may follow several months after the smaller version. High-quality physical mockups of that device have yet to appear, although users with access to a 3D printer can print their own using files based on the design drawings published earlier this year.

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.

‘Toaster’ dual-iPhone charging dock appears on Kickstarter.

The Foaster is a new novel charging dock for your iPhone and the creators are currently running a Kickstarter to put this neat dock into production. As you can tell from the video, the novelty here is the fact it resembles a toaster. The creators say that the kitchen is one of the most common places where people charge their phones, so they thought they would design a dock to suit.

However, there’s no reason that this funky accessory can’t be located in other rooms. It will fit in quite easily elsewhere as a novelty item. The gimmicky design — surprisingly — does have some functional advantages: the dock can charge two iPhones simultaneously and can be operated with a single hand. The lenient design of the enclosure also means that the dock is quite flexible and supports any iPhone equipped with a Lightning port (i.e. the iPhone 5, the 5s and the 5c). The company claims it will fit many phone cases as well.

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When docked, the phones screen is partially obscured. Whilst the phone isn’t really operable in this state, important notifications can still be seen at a glance. This is meant as a charging station anyway, so isn’t really that much of a drawback.

One of the beauties of the iPhone’s design is Apple’s insistence that it can be used with one hand. Why then, should it take two hands to charge your phone? foaster’s brilliant design makes it easy to insert your phone into one of the slots to begin charging. The size of the slots has been optimized based on extensive study of dimensions of “bare” iPhones, as well as “standard-sized” cases. (Sorry, Otterboxes and other cases designed to take a bullet probably won’t fit foaster.) Ready to get your phone out? Even if one hand is busy holding a kitten or a chainsaw- all you need is one free hand to easily grab your phone and go! (Please do not attempt to hold both a kitten AND a chainsaw while using foaster. Our testing did not end well.)

The Kickstarter campaign is five days into its thirty day window, with $3,500 dollars so far pledged to the project. The project has a goal of $40,000. If the goal is met, Covena Design expects to ship the Foaster to backers in March of next year.

Rumor: iOS 7 will have a “very flat” new look.

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According to the rumor mill today, a few people that have gotten either a quick hands on with the new operating system or have been briefed on its direction have said that the new design scheme will be “very, very flat.” However, it at the same time is said to keep a certain level of familiarity that will not confuse users when the update drops assumedly around the launch of the next iPhone. This is good, because it isn’t a completely new OS that most people want, just one that takes away the ever-controversial skeumorphism – or the use of life-like design schemes in software.

Skeumorphic design schemes have been used for quite awhile in software, and most notably in iOS and OS X. Applications such as Game Center, Notes, Calendar, and Contacts are always the ones brought up in the conversation. From the leather stitching of Calendar, to the green felt background of Game Center, you can see the effects that skeumorphism has had on Apple design. However, with Jony Ive at the helm of iOS, we could finally see something different. I personally love the “flat” interface, such as the one used in today’s launch of Google Now. But that is my opinion, some people think otherwise. Skeumorphism is used to try and make software seem “friendly and familiar” to users, but nowadays it is outdated. I can guarantee my 8 year old brother has no idea why the Notes app has yellow “paper” with a leather top, or why the Contacts app looks like a leather book.

Source: TodaysiPhone.