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Philippe Starck says Apple to debut ‘revolutionary’ product soon

Credit – Andrea Chang

Philippe Starck

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.”)

He also shared that he had met in California with Apple co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs once a month for seven years and still visits Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell, according to CNET.

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.

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WikiMac’s Tribute to “Steve Jobs – The crazy one who changed the world”

Tribute to Steve Jobs…
Here’s a Steve’s bitten Apple.
Credit of this image goes to — Jonathan Mark.
http://jmak.tumblr.com/post/9377189056

‘Welcome to iCloud’ emails sent out prematurely

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.

Vodafone Germany lists “iPhone 4S” at 16GB, 32GB, 64GB

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.