Credit – Andrea Chang
Famed designer Philippe Starck, his wife, Jasmine, right, and daughter Ara go shopping at a Big Lots store in Hollywood in 2008 to show how far a dollar can go in recessionary times. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / April 13, 2012)
If French designer Philippe Starck is to be believed, Apple Inc. is getting ready to launch a “revolutionary” product this year.
Starck told French newspaper Le Figaro that he had teamed up with the Cupertino, Calif., company to design the product but declined to give more details, citing Apple’s “religious cult of secrecy.” (Actually, what he really said was “culte du secret religieux.”)
An obvious guess for Apple’s new product would be the much-anticipated Apple TV. Or Starck might be helping the tech giant design its newest iteration of the iPhone, which is expected to be released later this year. Or — brace yourselves, Apple fans — the company could have something completely new in the works. What do you think?
Starck has designed mass-produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, furniture and houses. He created a line of products for Target and has also worked as an interior designer on projects including Hollywood restaurant Katsuya.
This won’t be the first time Starck has worked on a tech product. In 2004, Microsoft unveiled acomputer mouse designed by the cutting-edge designer.
Tribute to Steve Jobs…
Here’s a Steve’s bitten Apple.
Credit of this image goes to — Jonathan Mark.
Created by Twitter’s ‘Information design nerd’, Miguel Rios, this poster includes all the public #thankyousteve Tweets sent over about 4.5 hours on the evening of Oct 5, 2011. The Tweets are ordered by number of Retweets, from the top left – view high res here. Arnold Schwarnznegger’s tweet was the most retweeted.
Get the high resolution one here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/twitteroffice/6219082960/in/photostream/lightbox/
Between the upcoming media event on October 4 and recent downtime on MobileMe, it’s looking likely that iCloud’s public launch is coming soon. An email sent to an AppleInsider reader, reprinted below, adds yet more evidence for an imminent debut of iCloud.
“Welcome to iCloud. The Apple ID for your iCloud account is [redacted] and it’s what you’ll use to get your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC set up. Just follow these instructions and you’ll be up and running in no time.
Once iCloud is set up, it stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices. For example, buy a song with iTunes on your computer, and it will appear on your iPod touch and iPad. When you snap a photo on your iPhone it will automatically be sent to your iPad. You can start creating a Pages document on your iPhone, and put the finishing touches on it from your iPad. There’s no need to dock or sync to your computer. With iCloud, it just works.”
AppleInsider obviously feels the email is legitimate, though it was apparently leaked early since the setup instructions page is not yet live on Apple’s site.
iCloud replaces Apple’s existing MobileMe services and is free to all users. Apple has given no firm release date for the service other than “fall,” but according to feedback we’ve heard from developers the service appears ready for launch should Apple decide to publicly debut it at the October 4 event.
Tomorrow is Apple’s big press event and, as expected, rumors about the upcoming iPhone models are beginning to escalate. In the past several days, the iPhone 4S has been spotted at Cincinnati Bell’s website and Apple’s inventory system and the iPhone 5 has surfaced at Radio Shack. Today, we can add another entry to this list – Vodafone Germany.
The above placeholder for the iPhone 4S was spotted in listings for various iPhone accessories on the mobile carrier’s website. The listing includes both white and black models of the iPhone 4S in 16, 32, and 64 GB capacities. These sizes and colors match perfectly with one expectation for the next generation iPhone model.
Fortunately, we only have to wait until Tuesday to find out whether Apple is releasing either the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 or both.
Source – Kelly Hodgkins
According to a Bloomberg report, well-known motherboard and chipset manufacturer Via has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Filed in Delaware Federal court, the complaint accuses Apple of infringing three US patents that cover microprocessor technology used in smartphones and tablets. Presumably, this lawsuit is targeting Apple’s A4 and A5 processor used in the iPhone 4, iPad and the iPod touch. The Taiwanese manufacturer is asking for an injunction against Apple products containing these microprocessors and a jury trial. Apple, as expected, has not commented on this latest lawsuit.
Macworld posted a new article yesterday showing the performance of a BTO Mac mini with a 2.7GHz Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD. Needless to say, this machine did quite well in their series of testing. It outperformed the two base models of the 2011 Mac mini by a significant margin in just about every test. It even smoked past the entry-level 21.5″ iMac in tests depending on hard drive performance. This boost in performance doesn’t come cheap though. The BTO Mac mini prices out at $1499, which is $700 more than the base 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac mini and $300 more than the entry-level 21.5″ iMac. That isn’t exactly a value proposition for most people, but it’s still fun to see how they compare. So, head on over to Macworld for all the details.
Bloomberg’s Rich Jaroslovsky reviews Apple Inc.’s revamped MacBook Air laptop computer. The Air comes in two models. The smaller, weighing in at just under 2.5 pounds, has an 11.6-inch screen and 2 gigabytes of memory. Starting at $999, it is the cheapest MacBook of any kind. The larger, weighing just under 3 pounds, has a 13.3-inch display and 4 gigabytes; it starts at $1,299. (Source: Bloomberg)
Apple’s current quarterly earnings should receive a nice boost from brisk sales of Mac hardware says analysts. This summer increase can be attributed to the July introduction of OS X Lion and new MacBook Air and Mac mini models.
The latest NPD report suggests Mac sales may climb 26% year over year, which is six times the growth of the overall PC market. Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes is a bit more conservative with his estimate of 18% year-over-year growth for Mac sales. And, lastly, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is similarly optimistic about Mac sales. Munster believes enthusiasm for the new hardware and software will help Apple ship 4.5 million Macs this quarter.
Based on these estimates, it’ll be a good year for the Mac. Mac sales will continue to grow and Apple will gain market share in the PC industry. These glowing figures are a refreshing change from the rest of the PC industry which is slumping.
This Saturday, Apple is opening a new international store at the Carré Sénart shopping mall south of Paris.
Last week, Apple opened three new retail spots in the United States, England and Spain and this week the company continues its ambitious retail expansion with three grand openings scheduled Saturday in France and America, ifoAppleStore reports. The publication says two new stores will open in American states of North Carolina and Arkansas. The latter is interesting because it will be Apple’s first store in the state of Arkansas, found in Little Rock’s Promenade at the Chenal mall. Another store is set to open for business at the Northlake Mall in Charlotte, North Carolia. Apple has also been operating the Southpark store in the area since 2004. The publication sums up Apple’s retail gains in the US:
With the addition of Arkansas, Apple now has stores in the District of Columbia and 44 states. Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, West Virginia and Vermont are still without an Apple store.
A new store in south of Paris will also be interesting, found at the Carré Sénart shopping mall south of Paris and seen in the above shot. “The store will be the fourth store in the region and the ninth in the country”, ifoAppleStore writes. Apple is also set to open its priciest store ever in Hong Kong next month and has inked a ten-year deal on ‘world’s biggest’ store that will be integrated right inside New York’s landmark Grand Central Terminal station. A pair of new stores is also set to open in Germany’s City-Galerie and Jungfernstieg and three in Spain.
And in Bologna, Italy, Apple has changed the shape of some windows and the roof in order to uniform the store building in the city center, as seen in the “before” and “after” photographs courtesy of SetteB.IT. The Bologna store is most likely to become Apple’s ninth retail spot in the country, following planned store openings in Marcianise (EC), Misterbianco (CT) and in Campi Bisenzio (FI).
Apple has been granted a patent that covers magnetic coupling connectors that could be used in future iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. The patent, titled "Techniques for coupling interfaces parts using moveable magnetic elements," describes a technology similar to the MagSafe connectors Apple introduced in 2006 to its MacBook lines that allows the power cord to separate from its host device if too much pressure is applied to it too quickly, as happens when one trips over a power cord attached to a laptop.
The patent application specifically shows a figure that looks like the first generation iPad with a MagSafe power connector. The patent does not, however, describe a MagSafe dock connector. Currently the 30-pin dock connector is how iOS devices receive power, but one can assume Apple could adapt the MagSafe technology to fit dock connectors, or of course, Apple could conceivably eventually eliminate the 30-pin connector and replace all iOS devices with a smaller MagSafe/Thunderbolt hybrid port that would allow for lighting-quick syncing complete with MagSafe's "anti-trip" technology. Interestingly, this is the second patent granted to Apple that refers to a MagSafe-like connector on an iPad. The first was in October 2010.