Sir Jonathon Ive recently made an appearance on Blue Peter, a children’s show on BBC airing since the past 50 years, where he gave a glimpse of what Apple’s industrial design workshop looks like, and shared a few of Apple’s philosophies about approaching an entirely new product category.
Harmut Esslinger is one of the people who shaped our lives in so many ways, but many of us—I certainly didn’t—probably don’t know his name. While today Jony Ive is “showcased” as part of Apple, in the past, the brilliant minds behind the designs that made Apple “Apple” weren’t so well known. Design site designboom received a copy of Harmut Esslinger’s new book Design Forward and shared some pictures of early Apple products that, you can see, influenced a lot of what would come later.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed already—Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA Soon and Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”—the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
Today Nokia HERE hit the app store and from the comments (and my own quick look at the app), I’d say it’s okay. Not awesome, but passable. That’s not important though, not by a long-shot. It shows something that is even more important—Apple is okay with competition with Maps. And maybe, just maybe, this will reach into other core iOS apps too.
Business Insider is citing Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in speculating that Apple could release an Apple Television (versus the Apple TV puck-sized device) this time next year as well as a slew of other updates throughout 2013.
Back in 1997, Jony Ive was “Senior Director, Apple Design Group” (and he sported hair!) and was talking about the design of the new, limited edition 20th Anniversary Mac. This was a Mac that was premium priced (and delivered by limo and set up by a white-gloved concierge) and had some design features that, well, still look good now (cable management!).