Apple has scheduled a big press event tomorrow, at which it promises it will “brighten everyone’s day.” This, we presume, is a veiled reference to the colorful plastic iPhone ”lite,” possibly called the iPhone 5C, that has been revealed in a number of leaks through the summer. But what else may Apple have planned for us tomorrow? (We’ll be live-blogging the entire event here).
“I can picture Steve [Jobs] running into the Macintosh design group and saying really excitedly, ‘We’ve got this fantastic concept.’ His idea was that a nontechnical secretary should be able to go into a room alone with a Mac in a box and a letter opener and be doing useful work in one hour.”
"I designed the boot image-a happy Mac-because we wanted the computer to be friendly. That was a word we tossed around a lot. The icon was inspired by those yellow smiley-face buttons, of course, and by the kind of things I used to draw when I was fourteen years old. We did the happy Mac, and then we did the unhappy Mac, which was never supposed to be seen. You know, like the bomb.”
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"We’d meet with Steve [Jobs] on Tuesday afternoons. He would come up with the craziest ideas. At one point, Steve wanted to do all of our error messages as haikus. He would leave, and we would all think, What is he smoking?”
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This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.
Apple’s WWDC event kicked off yesterday, with Apple announcing a new OS X, a MacBook Air with better battery life, a redesigned iOS 7, among other things. Here are some WWDC resources to help you keep up:
- The best (and the rest) of the announcements from WWDC so far
- Things the new, cylindrical Mac Pro inescapably reminds us of (R2D2, anyone?)
- Oh, and if the new designs look familiar, that’s because they were probably stolen from Google, Twitter and Microsoft
- See how Apple’s designs have changed from iOS 6 to iOS 7, in photos. The new iOS 7 is flat, flat, flat. And speaking of which…
- Why Jony Ive is flattening iOS 7
- But the web is getting better so fast that Apple’s brand new OSes look… broken
- And if you couldn’t get into WWDC, try this alternative
- How to get the best features of iOS 7 right now: “iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now.” (via Lifehacker)
- Apple’s WWDC keynote playlist: A collection of all the songs played before and during the event. (via Mashable)
- iOS 7 gives you the option to block calls and texts from specific numbers (via TechCrunch)
- Apple’s new “kill switch” might just save lives (via TheWeek.com)
We’ll be updating this list as new, great resources come to our attention. Feel free to flag great Apple or WWDC reads for us in the comments. Have you found any?
Some interior shots of the new cylindrical Mac Pro
Photos by Mark Wilson for Fast Company
Mac users donate significantly more ($181.51) than Windows ($137.30) and Linux users ($116.54). Bill Gates may be a philanthropic legend at this point, but the less openly generous Steve Jobs apparently has more charitable fans.
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