This particular Apple Pencil detail exemplifies what Apple is all about

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 12, 2015

Apple’s legendary attention to detail comes into full view yet again with the iPad Pro’s optional accessory, the Apple Pencil. As first discovered and shared by The Verge in its iPad Pro review, the Apple-branded stylus—which was designed exclusively for the new iPad—is weighted so it won’t roll away on a table top. In fact, it always stops rolling with the word ‘Pencil’ facing upward on its metal band, which is awesome. Read More


Jony Ive talks Apple Pencil

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, sat down with The Telegraph’s Rhiannon Williams today to discuss the iPad Pro launch (see our review roundup here) and in particular Apple’s optional stylus accessory, the $99 Apple Pencil.

The stylus, Ive said, will feel like “a more natural extension” of the pen and paper experience but achieving that degree of natural behavior “was a significant technological challenge,” he revealed. Read More


Apple’s marketing honcho discusses pursuit of perfection, intense team collaboration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2015

Phil Schiller, 55, is a man of many superlatives, not least of which is the famous ‘can’t innovate anymore, my ass’ message to Apple haters during the unveiling of the radically revamped Mac Pro workstation.

And as a guy who oversees Apple’s marketing initiatives across the globe and acts as the steward of the company’s relationship with developers, it’s his nature and his job to promote collaboration between engineers, designers and executives.

In a rare and interesting interview with Mashable editor-at-large Lance Ulanoff (Mashable? This is the new Apple, get used to it), Schiller talks in detail about internal collaboration that makes radical products like the new 12-inch MacBook possible.

He and John Terns, who is Vice President of Mac and iPad engineering, also touch on a bunch of topics that are dear to the hearts of Apple’s many fans, including an upcoming flying saucer-shaped campus, hybrid computing devices, Apple’s design processes and much more. Read More


HTC: Apple ripped off our unibody phone design and antenna bands, not the other way round

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015

Two days ago, HTC unveiled a new flagship phone, the $399 One A9, with most of the headlines calling the device an iPhone lookalike due to its two-tone design, the antenna bands and a protruding camera lens on the back. The device indeed bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s smartphone series.

In an effort to set the record straight and maybe get a little more free press, the Taiwanese handset maker said that “it’s Apple that copied” its antenna design and unibody construction as HTC first released a smartphone with these features about three years ago. Read More


Jony Ive talks growing relationship between tech and fashion

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2015

Ahead of next year’s Apple-sponsored Met Gala, Jony Ive sat down with The Wall Street Journal to talk about the growing relationship between tech and fashion. Ive will be co-hosting the Gala in May, along with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Winter, actor Idris Elba and pop star Taylor Swift.

The red-carpet event is New York’s biggest fashion function of the year, and the main exhibit of 2016 will be “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” The message is that beautiful designs can result from both craftsmanship and automation, whether created by hand or machine. Read More


Designing the new iMacs and Magic accessories…

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

As you know, the Apple news of the day is the official release of a much-improved 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, refreshed 27-inch iMacs and the new Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard wireless accessories.

Speaking with Apple’s engineering leaders Kate Bergeron and John Terns, technology writer Steven Levy shared in a Medium article some rather interesting tidbits pertaining to creating the new iMacs and how members of Apple’s Input Design Lab tackled the design issues encountered while engineering the new Magic accessories. Read More


Have you checked out Google’s new playful logo yet?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

As part of its massive restructuring effort, the Internet giant Google on Tuesday showed off its brand new logo. While the Mountain View company has refined its logo multiple times over the past seventeen years, today’s announcement marks the biggest visual change to Google’s brand identity thus far.

The new logo reflects the fact that people now interact with Google across many different platforms, apps and devices, the company argues.

Check out the new logo and identity family and tell us in comments how you liked them. Read More


Leaked CAD drawing and claimed chassis video show radically thinner iPad mini 4 design

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Claimed CAD drawing published Monday by the usually reliably OnLeaks provides yet another indication that Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will be the slimmest 7.9-inch iPad yet, basically supporting the theory that the iPad mini 4 will match the thinness of the iPad Air 2.

The device’s profile is expected to go from 7.5mm down to the iPad Air 2 thinness of just 6.1mm, or less than the iPad mini 3 thickness of 7.5mm. In addition to the technical drawing of the iPad mini 4, OnLeaks posted a nice hands-on video showcasing a claimed iPad mini 4 housing. Read More


Last chance to pay what you want for the iOS designer bundle

By iDB Deals on Jun 30, 2015

Learn how to create stunning and functional apps simply with our iOS Designer Bundle. Packed full of videos, lectures and online support tools, purchased separately these 5 high-quality training courses retail for $1,297 dollars but – for a limited time only with iDownloadBlog Deal, you can choose what you pay. Read More


Future iPhones could get rid of unsightly antenna bands as Apple invents a new metallic material

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2015

In addition to a protruding camera, those antenna bands represent the most controversial design feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Blame the unsightly bands on the law of physics.

Though iPhones and cellular iPads and iPods would have decidedly looked sleeker without the bands, the radio waves cannot penetrate metal so an all-metal iPhone would be quite useless despite a stunningly seamless appearance.

But if a patent application Apple filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office is an indication, future iPhones could easily get rid of the antenna bands on the back as Apple has apparently invented a metallic looking material that doesn’t interfere with the functioning of RF antennas. Read More


Apple promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer, Tim Cook sends memo to troops

By Christian Zibreg on May 25, 2015

According to an internal memo CEO Tim Cook sent to Apple employees on Monday, Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, has been promoted to a brand new role: Chief Design Officer.

According to the memo, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple has also appointed Richard Howarth, who has been part of the iPhone team from the onset, its new Vice President of Industrial Design in charge of hardware design.

Human Interface chief Alan Dye has received a promotion, too. He is now Apple’s new Vice President of User Interface Design in charge of both desktop and mobile user interface experiences. Read More


Adobe retires Photoshop touch apps & previews Rigel, its new retouching solution for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Photoshop maker Adobe said today it will be pulling Photoshop Touch apps for the iPhone and iPad from the App Store and other mobile platforms next Thursday, May 28. At the same time the company gave a sneak peek of its forthcoming new retouching solution for mobile, Rigel, which should be available later this year.

Adobe said it will sharpen focus on Creative Cloud mobile apps like Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC and Adobe Color CC. Read More


Court rules iPhone looks can’t be protected, adjusts Samsung’s $930 million penalty

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015

Monday, The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said it’s ruled that Samsung violated Apple’s design patents but did not infringe on the Cupertino firm’s trade dress intellectual property.

As reported by Reuters, the appeals court has now reversed part of Apple’s $930 million verdict versus Samsung, ordering that the penalty be adjusted accordingly. Read More


The Apple Watch Home screen is a beautiful mess

By Sébastien Page on Apr 30, 2015

With the Apple Watch Home screen, Apple introduced a new layout and design that is a departure from what we have all been accustomed to with iPhone and iPad. Instead of favoring rows and columns of square-ish icons, Apple had to rethink the user interface and introduced us to an infinite and honeycomb-like fluid grid of apps devoid of pages, folders, or dock.

One could argue this design paradigm modernizes the Home screen as we know it, but beyond the new and refreshing look, I’ve had a hard time getting used to it and actually find it useful. As a matter of fact, I don’t find it useful at all. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at, but it is also a terrible mess to use. Organizing apps, looking for apps, and being able to accurately tap on their icons is something that I have had a difficult time with. Read More


Good deal: 70% off the iOS Design + Code training

By iDB Deals on Apr 25, 2015

Some of our most popular offers from iDownloadBlog Deals have centered around iOS app development. Today’s featured deal also involves iOS development, but focuses on what the user sees rather than the code powering the app in the background. An app’s design is a key element to its function, and the Design + Code will teach you how to make beautiful apps that appeal to the eyes while creating a great user experience. Normally $150, it’s just $45 at iDB Deals. Read More


Astropad now works with FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Astropad, an awesome iPad application which turns your Apple tablet into a professional-grade graphics tablet for your Mac, now works with the Pencil stylus by FiftyThree.

A major update, Astropad 1.1 includes major accuracy and wavy line improvements for the Jot Touch Pixelpoint stylus, improved palm rejection for Adonit styluses, support for Adobe Ink (choose Adonit when pairing), new settings and built-in help. Read More


Great Deal: pay what you want for the iOS Designer Bundle

By iDB Deals on Mar 19, 2015

For anyone interested in iOS app development or design, we’ve got an awesome deal today. With the Pay What You Want iOS Designer Bundle at iDownloadBlog Deals, you’ll get 3 how-to mobile design courses, plus 3 sets of design assets to help you create beautiful apps. The bundle has a total value of $1,297, but with this deal, you name the price! For any price over $1, you’ll get two of the design courses, and if you beat the average price (currently just $12.39), you unlock the whole bundle. Read More


Jony Ive discusses Apple Watch in another fascinating interview ahead of April launch

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 6, 2015

The Apple Watch is just around the corner and Apple’s PR department is in full swing. In addition to a series of fashion magazine covers featuring the device and a wide-ranging interview with Jony Ive in The New Yorker, London’s Financial Times newspaper has now been given access to Apple’s design czar.

Billed as “the man behind the Apple Watch”, Ive shares a few interesting details with FT’s Nick Foulkes regarding crafting Apple’s first wearable device.

He also touched upon other related topics such as the team’s meticulous attention to detail, the myopic approach to designing the Watch, how the device differs from the iPhone in terms of usage patterns and much more. Read More


Ex-Apple engineers write a killer app for artists that turns iPad into a professional graphics tablet

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Former Apple engineers Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli have created an absolutely amazing software solution called Astropad which magically turns your iPad into a professional graphics tablet for your Mac.

The iOS application talks to the Mac client via Wi-Fi or USB which then translates your stylus strokes on the tablet into corresponding actions in virtually any Mac app such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Pixelmator and many more.

Drawing on your Mac with your iPad works with most pressure sensitive styluses on the market. Your stylus strokes are transferred to the Mac in a silky-smooth sixty frames per second, thanks to a proprietary technology called Liquid that provides nearly three times more fluid responsiveness than Apple’s AirPlay. Read More


Wide-ranging profile offers Jony Ive’s thoughts on cars, watches, the future and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015

The New Yorker’s February 2015 issue features a lengthy interview with British-born designer Jonathan Ive who is widely credited with helping revive Apple’s fortunes alongside his spiritual mentor Steve Jobs, who used to call Ive “my best friend in the whole world”.

Suggestively headlined “The Shape Of Things To Come,” the extensive profile offers deep insight into Ive’s brain and centers around topics like the Apple Watch, cars, creating the iPhone 6 and working with Steve Jobs.

Seriously, it’s an epic article you absolutely shouldn’t pass. It also covers other wide ranging topics and reveals a few previously unknown tidbits about Apple’s industrial design czar and his design process.

Here are the most interesting takeaways from the interview. Read More

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