Apple, Google and Amazon unite to make all smart home products talk to each other

Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance have joined forces to develop a smart-home standard that will mean new devices are likely to be compatible with any of their hubs and voice assistants. Overseen by the Zigbee Alliance, whose board members include representatives of IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly […]

Foster + Partners’ latest Apple Store opens in central Tokyo

The latest Apple Store in Tokyo is fronted by a row of two-storey protruding windows that turn the shopfront into a series of display cabinets. Located near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi district of central Tokyo, the Apple Store has been deigned by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Apple’s design team. Built on […]

Foster + Partners restores “iconic” glass Apple Fifth Avenue

Apple‘s glass Fifth Avenue store in New York City has reopened to the public following a renovation by Foster + Partners that added a spiral staircase, skylights and public plaza. Apple Fifth Avenue is an underground Apple Store in Manhattan, nestled below a plaza that is in front of Edward Durell Stone’s 50-storey General Motors […]

Apple unveils iPhone 11 Pro with “triple-camera system”

Apple has launched an iPhone with three different cameras for ultra-wide photos, along with its latest Apple Watch, enlarged iPad and a subscription service for Apple original movies. The latest collection of products and services were revealed at Apple’s launch event at the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park campus in California. The iPhone 11 Pro, which […]

Wavy white concrete roof tops Foster + Partners’ Apple Aventura store in Miami

Foster + Partners has completed its latest Apple Store in Miami with an undulating white concrete roof that draws on the city’s art deco buildings. The British architecture firm worked closely with former Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive, who left the company earlier this year, on the project. Called Apple Aventura, the store is located […]

Apple credit card must be stored “in a bag made from soft materials”

Apple has advised customers of its recently launched Apple Card to keep the titanium card in a soft bag where it won’t touch other credit cards, keys or loose change, and to gently clean it with a microfibre cloth. Apple launched its credit card this week for customers in the US and issued a set of […]

Apple offers new augmented reality art tours in six major cities

Apple has collaborated with New York’s New Museum to launch a series of augmented reality (AR) experiences that will see six large-scale virtual artworks take over major global cities. Called [AR]T, the AR experiences will feature works by seven artists chosen by the contemporary art museum, that will pop up across London, San Francisco, New […]

The top 10 Apple Macs from the Macintosh 512k to the Mac Pro

Owen Hopkins takes a look back at 35 years of the Apple Mac, from the Macintosh 512k to the recently launched Mac Pro. The Mac Pro will be Apple‘s most powerful desktop, and the last major product launched while Jony Ive – who was responsible for so many of the company’s iconic designs – was design lead. […]

Apple rumoured to scrap controversial butterfly keyboard

A top Apple pundit has sparked rumours that the company will stop manufacturing its unreliable butterfly laptop keyboard for its upcoming MacBook computers. Ming-chi Kuo, a financial analyst with sources in Apple’s supply chain in Asia, has reported that Apple will ditch the keyboard due to high production costs. The company first adopted the keyboard […]

“Jony Ive’s legacy as the most important designer of the last two decades is assured”

Jony Ive became the world’s most influential designer at Apple, says Owen Hopkins. His revolutionary products rescued the company from its decline and have ensured his legacy. According to Apple there are currently something in the region of 1.4 billion active users of its devices. There’s a good chance that you are reading this article […]

10 most revolutionary designs by Jony Ive for Apple

As Jony Ive steps down from Apple, we take a look back at his incredible list of industry-defining career highlights, from the the iMac, to the iPod, iPhone and Apple Watch. iMac, 1998 Described by Apple as a computer for the next millennium, the iMac was Ive’s first major contribution at the tech giant. The […]

Jony Ive to leave Apple and start an independent design company

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive has announced he will leave the company later this year to start an independent design company called LoveFrom, which will count Apple amongst its clients. The British-born designer revealed in a statement on the technology brand’s website that he will be leaving his role before the end of the […]

Apple unveils new OS designed just for the iPad

Apple has launched its first dedicated operating system for the iPad, making it easier to multitask, manage files and use Apple Pencil. Revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, this week, iPadOS offers a range of new facilities that set it apart from the iPhone, including a customisable home screen and […]

Apple keeps it simple with new “monster” Mac Pro

Apple has unveiled the new Mac Pro, its most powerful desktop computer to date, contained in a simple aluminium-covered box. Announced yesterday at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, the processor has been redesigned for the first time in six years. The new Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful desktop computer The […]

Apples introduces dark mode for iPhone and iPad

Apple has developed a dark display mode that will be available on the new iPhone and iPad operating systems. Dark mode will feature on iOS 13 for iPhone, as well as iPadOS, a brand new operating system developed especially for iPad. It was one of many new launches unveiled at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference […]

United Nations criticises voice assistants for promoting gender biases

A United Nations report has found that Apple‘s Siri, Amazon‘s Alexa, and other female-voiced digital assistants “reinforce commonly held gender biases”. The assistants both reinforce negative ideas of women as being subservient and help to normalise verbal assault, a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) argues. “Because the speech of […]

Foster + Partners converts historic Washington DC library into Apple Store

Foster + Partners has collaborated with the Apple design team to transform a neoclassical building in the US capital into a sleek retail space with a skylit atrium, where events are held to “entertain and inspire the local people”. The store, called Apple Carnegie Library, is located in Mount Vernon Square, about seven blocks north […]

Apple pledges support to Notre-Dame as funds pass €600 million mark

Apple has joined the list of donors who have pledged to support restoration of the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, with total donations now exceeding €600 million. Tim Cook, CEO of tech giant Apple, said he was “heartbroken” at the news of the fire, which broke out on the evening of 14 April. “Apple will […]

Federation Square’s Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store axed

A controversial Apple Store designed by Foster + Partners for Melbourne’s Federation Square has been cancelled after plans were blocked by Australian heritage authorities. Heritage Victoria ruled against plans put forward by Federation Square management to knock down the Yarra Building, one of the existing structures on the publicly owned plaza, to make way for a AUS$50 […]

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