This is what your Instagram app might look like soon

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Instagram’s reportedly been testing a fresh new design for its mobile application for iOS and Android, MacRumors discovered yesterday. If leaked screenshots are anything to go by, in adopting much of iOS’s aesthetics the overhauled app sports a simpler, monochromatic look providing a cleaner, flatter appearance.

It’s unknown when the new design will launch for everyone. For now, Instagram appears to be testing the forthcoming app refresh with a small subset of its massive user base. Read More

 

YouTube’s revamped Home feed is smart, too, thanks to Google’s deep neural network algorithm

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Google just said that YouTube’s mobile apps for iOS and Android are gaining a revamped homepage design today. The newly redesigned Home feed within the mobile app has a clean look and a simple format “that invites you to discover and enjoy,” said Google.

More importantly, the overhauled Home feed now does a better job spotlighting content you might be interested in with smarter recommendations based on deep neural networks and larger high-resolution video thumbnails which make it easy to identify videos you want to watch. Read More

 

Ultra-thin MacBooks with metal injection mold-made hinges due in second half of 2016?

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

Apple is expected to revamp the rest of its notebook lineup around ultra-thin MacBook models later this summer, which poses questions regarding the future of the existing MacBook Air lineup as Apple’s thinnest notebooks. In a new report Friday, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes cited local component makers as saying that they are starting to see increasing competition for related component orders ahead of a rumored launch of “new ultra-thin MacBooks in the second half of 2016.” Read More

 

A member of Apple’s elite industrial design team has just joined GoPro

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

A longtime member of Apple’s closely-knit 19-person elite industrial design team has joined action camera maker GoPro, according to an exclusive report published Wednesday by the former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin’s The Information.

The article, hidden behind a paywall, states that Apple designer Danny Coster is now joining GoPro to head up a new hardware design group there as Vice President of Design.

On a somewhat related note, a murky rumor recently alleged that Apple was interested in acquiring GoPro. In a company-wide email today announcing the hire, GoPro said the executive would begin his role by month’s end. Coster, who worked for Apple since the early 1990s, was apparently curious to explore the new opportunity at GoPro. Read More

 

Check out redesigned account pages on Apple’s Developer Center portal

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2016

Apple’s Developer Center portal has received a facelift last evening with reports of much revamped account pages. The redesigned account section on Dev Center has at last adopted a more user friendly two-column layout, with links to the most important account-related sections now conveniently provided in the lefthand column.

The navigation column is divided in two sections: Program Resources and Additional Resources. In your Program Resources, you’ll find such sections as Overview, Membership, iTunes Connect, CloudKit Dashboard, Code-Level Support and Certificates, IDs & Profiles. Read More

 

KGI: 5.8″ AMOLED iPhone with iPhone 4-like curved glass design due in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2016

Last month, supply chain sources claimed Apple was working to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone featuring rigid AMOLED display panels some time in 2017.

And now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said pretty much the same thing in his most recent analysis issued to clients yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

The device should have a curved glass casing similar to the design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s and a “completely new form factor design” with narrow bezels providing a “more comfortably grip.” Read More

 

Rejecting reason to innovate and other tidbits from new Charlie Rose interview with Jony Ive

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

Nearly three months following its wide-ranging interview with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, revered CBS journalist and television talk show host Charlie Rose sat down with Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer and arguably the most powerful figure in the Cupertino company after his boss Tim Cook.

Ive explained how you “have to reject reason to innovate,” talked Steve Jobs and how Apple can stay hungry, discussed how Apple’s products are “the physical manifestation of a set of believes” and more. Read More

 

Tim Cook and Jony Ive talk watches, fashion and iSpaceship in Vogue interview

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2016

Apple’s boss Tim Cook and Jony Ive, its Chief Design Officer charged with blue sky thinking, have discussed several topics of interest in a new interview published in the March 2016 edition of the Vogue magazine.

The two executives talked the synergy between Apple and fashion, the Apple Watch, partnership with the luxury French brand Hermes and the upcoming flying saucer-shaped Campus 2 building, Apple’s future headquarters. Read More

 

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

 
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