I was pretty scathing about Apples new maps for a variety of reasons: business listings which were mispelled, years out of date or hundreds of metres from where they should be, building outlines that aren’t properly aligned with the street layout, and a whole lot of stuff which is just missing: not just shops but […]
Posts tagged with ‘Apple’
I really use the maps on my phone a lot. I’ve found it to be the most surprisingly transformative aspect of having a smartphone: never feeling lost. So I was slightly worried about Apple replacing Google’s maps in the new version of iOS, but I assumed they knew what they were doing. That it might […]
On the desk in front of me are a computer and an external hard drive for backup. The computer is a 24″ aluminium iMac from 2007, and the hard drive is a Western Digital My Book Pro from about the same time. The iMac is 4 years old, so the novelty value has long worn off, […]
Apple’s publicity seems to be focussing on the video chat, and that’s all very Jetsons and everything, but I don’t suppose I would often find myself in a situation where I wanted to video chat with another person who also had an iPhone 4 and we were both in WiFi hotspots. But I’m really really […]
I think one reason people have a hard time visualising how the iPad will fit into their lives is that they assume it will mainly be a mobile device; i.e. something they will actually carry around with them all the time. I don’t think that needs to be true for it to be successful. I […]
Among all the speculation about the forthcoming Apple Tablet/iSlate/iPad has been a thread of uncertainty: no one is really sure what it’s for; what niche it fills. Everyone has been missing the obvious: it’s an e-reader for birdwatchers. I have two field guides on my iPhone: butterflies and birds. I haven’t had a chance to […]
The BBC’s tech blog has posted a piece about the new iPhone, and, inevitably, the comments are full of people whining about how the iPhone is rubbish because it lacks some feature that competing phones have, or has inferior specs, and that people only buy it because of they are stupid fashion victims. This comment […]
WWDC, for those of you who don’t avidly follow Apple’s annual publicity cycle [for shame!], is the Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Which is being held next week in California. Everyone’s expecting a new iPhone with slightly better specs, but I’m not quite geeky enough to get excited about wireless data standards. Obviously faster=better, but it’s not suddenly […]
Tomorrow Steve Jobs gives his keynote presentation at the Macworld Expo. If, as is often suggested, the love of Apple goes beyond mere fandom and reaches the status of a cult: well, this is our Christmas. I guess on that analogy, the World Wide Developer’s Conference must be Easter—closer to the true mysteries of the […]
I made a super-large iTunes icon for Leopard’s coverflow mode, based on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
I’m having serious computer problems—like not being able to turn it on—so posting is liable to be sporadic. Just fyi. EDIT: I’ve seized the opportunity while my computer is running of posting a new picture at Clouded Drab.
I am for the moment busy trying to get my stupid computer to not be a complete pain in the arse. It does this weird thing where I ask it to sleep and instead it messes up one of the other system functions (Exposé and Dashboard and so on, for the Mac users). When it […]
I thought it would be fun to make a whole set, with different record labels. I’ve added Trojan, Upsetter, Chess, Apple and Sun: You can get a zip of them as .icns files here.
I decided that while the coloured vinyl was ok on its own, the addition of a coloured note was just too garish. The anti-aliasing round the note needs tweaking, but I think it looks pretty good. Better than the original: EDIT: OK, I’ve tweaked it. Here’s the final version: For Mac users, there’s a zip […]
I’ve updated my new iTunes icons for the release of iTunes 7. I’ve switched to using LaVern Baker.
Some more thoughts on design in the tech industries. This time, the slow death of what I think of as the ‘gadget aesthetic’. The gadget aesthetic was a product of the novelty and glamour of electronics; it fetishizes the look of hi-tech gizmos. Lots of buttons, lots of LEDs, curvy moulded plastic, metallic-looking silver plastic: […]
There’s a rumour doing the rounds that the next iPod will be designed for reading as well as music and video. It remains to be seen whether that happens, and indeed whether the iPod is well-suited for reading (as compared, for example, to the more specialised Sony Reader). Whether or not their time has come, […]
Creative have launched a competitor to the video-capable iPod. It looks rather like the iPod except clumsier and uglier. But this is the bit I thought was extraordinary: Creative are touting the Zen as a far more powerful player than Apple’s offering, with additional functions such as FM radio and a built-in mic. “We are […]