Jony Ive Says Apple iPhone X Took Five Years to Develop

And there were plenty of prototypes along the way.

Apple design chief Jony Ive said his company’s new iPhone X took some time to get to store shelves.

Speaking in an interview at the New Yorker TechFest on Friday, Ive said that his team at Apple had been working on the concept for the last five years. He added that his company “had prototypes” of what a smartphone with a display that nearly entirely covers its front panel and a facial scanner might look like.

“For 99% of the time, it didn’t work for us,” Ive said of the iPhone X prototype processor, according to the India Times, which earlier reported on his comments. “For the vast majority of the development cycle, all we had were things that failed. By definition, if they didn’t fail halfway through, then we’d be done.”

However, as time went on, Apple apparently worked out those problems, ultimately culminating in the iPhone X’s announcement last month.

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Apple’s AAPL iPhone X, which was announced alongside the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is what the company calls the “future” of smartphones. It has a 5.8-inch display with small bezels all around, leaving no room for a physical home button. There are two rear-facing cameras on the back and a glass finish allows for wireless charging support. Apple’s front-facing Face ID scanner is used to verify a person’s identity and allow him or her access to the software or to make a purchase via the company’s Apple Pay mobile-payments service.

All of those features combine to make the iPhone X the most expensive smartphone Apple has ever released with a starting price of $ 999. A model with 256GB of storage instead of the base 64GB will cost customers $ 1,149 when the handsets are released on November 3.

Looking ahead, Ive didn’t discuss in detail what he might have planned for new iPhones. He did say, however, that new processor technologies that combine high power and small designs create “opportunities (that) are extraordinary” for future product designs.

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Levitating Apple Watch charger turns smartwatch into futuristic art

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Whether you love or hate the Apple Watch, charging it is often one of the first encounters many users have with the magic of wireless charging. 

Now that magic has been taken to the next level with a new kind of Apple Watch charger that mixes wireless charging with magnetic levitation. 

The Lift is a wireless charger designed to work with the Apple Watch and the Pebble smartwatches, offering a cool way to recharge your wearable while enjoying what looks like a piece of museum art from the future. 

Using magnetic levitation, a method that has become common for the latest, high-end Bluetooth speakers, the charging unit that holds your Apple Watch hovers over the charging base while delivering a charge to your device.  Read more…

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Apple CarPlay Review: Siri’s a Boring But Useful Travel Pal

The first time I saw CarPlay in action, I couldn’t believe it . You could plug your plug your iPhone into the infotainment system and then get iOS on your dashboard?! It seemed like Apple finally found a way to turn an automobile into a rolling computer like Knight Rider.

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Apple drops iCloud prices, matches rival storage services from Google and Microsoft

For the second year in a row, Apple reduced prices for its expanded iCloud storage plans, putting costs in line with rivals like Google, Microsoft and Dropbox.

Apple announced changes to iCloud extra storage pricing earlier this month at the event where it unveiled new iPhones, the larger iPad Pro and a revamped Apple TV.

Although the Cupertino, Calif., company did not boost the amount of free storage space — as Computerworld speculated it might — and instead continued to provide just 5GB of iCloud space gratis, it bumped up the $ 0.99 per month plan from 20GB to 50GB, lowered the price of the 200GB plan by 25 percent to $ 2.99 monthly, and halved the 1TB plan’s price to $ 9.99.

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with numerous bug fixes

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More than a week after the frenzy surrounding iOS 9 and its rocky start, Apple is already releasing an update.

When iOS 9 was released, users received error messages saying the software update failed, while others had success downloading iOS 9 via iTunes.

During the installation of iOS 9, many users got stuck on the “Slide to Upgrade” screen. The iOS 9.0.1 update addresses that issue as well as multiple other bugs. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating

  • Fixes an issue where alarms and timers sometimes failed to play Read more…

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    Apple will host Xcode on Chinese servers following malware attack

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    Apple’s developer software Xcode will soon be available to Chinese developers.

    First spotted by Apple Insider, this news comes on the heels of a malware attack on apps in the App Store.

    Last week, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered the infected apps and publicized an analysis report detailing the malware’s spread and impact. Xcode is a set of software tools developers use to create iOS apps, but a modified version of Xcode containing the malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, made its way into the App Store.

    As Palo Alto Networks explains, the standard Xcode installer is nearly 3GB, which means it could take even longer to download large files from Apple’s servers in other countries. In response to this, some Chinese developers choose to download the software from other sources or obtain copies from colleagues. It’s also hard for developers to detect malware like XcodeGhost because it’s deeply hidden. Read more…

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    Today’s Best Deals: Cheap Battery Pack, Packing Cubes, Apple Watch, and More

    Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.

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    In pictures: Apple faithful already forming lines in front of Friday’s iPhone 6s launch

    Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. Reuters/David Gray

    Yes, it’s that time again, when the Apple faithful/crazy line up way early to buy the next version of the iPhone, this time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

    This year, people are standing out in the elements — and sleeping there overnight — to buy a phone that looks identical to the one they already have, but with, um, an updated camera and a new kind of screen press.

    Here are the lines, in cities around the world.

    New York

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    Above: Waiting in line in NYC (Eli Blumenthal ‏@eliblumenthal)

    Apple fans line up at the "Church of Apple" in New York to buy an iPhone 6s Friday.

    Above: Apple fans line up at the “Church of Apple” in New York to buy an iPhone 6s.

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    San Francisco

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    Periscoper Justin Harris reported that around 16 people were already camped out at the downtown San Francisco Apple Store Thursday night. Check it out here.

    Boston

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    Hamburg, Germany

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    Above: “Oh man wie arm ist das denn. Wegen einem Telefon?” (Daniel Knott ‏@dnlkntt )

    Sydney, Australia

    Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. Reuters/David Gray

    Above: Marcus Barsum waits outside the Apple store in central Sydney Thursday. (Reuters/David Gray)

    This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)

    Above: This buyer, a media exec in Australia, sent a robot proxy to wait in the line. (photo: Mashable)


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    Apple embraces high-fashion luxury in a way the masses can’t afford

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    Apple products were always high end, but now they’re shooting for being downright rich

    This week, Apple made itself more appealing to people with money to burn. It debuted a new Apple Watch collection from designer brand Hermes, an Apple TV app from high-end fashion site Gilt — where some outfits cost more than $ 1,000 each — and rose gold iPhones. The mass-appeal, cheaper iPhone 5C was quietly shelved. Apple was putting on the ritz

    Given its heavy focus on design, this isn’t surprising. Apple has always behaved more like a fashion house than a computer manufacturer. The Cupertino company is famously high-minded about aesthetics, and the grandiose celebrity-packed product launches it holds a few times a year are reminiscent of those of a designer label Read more…

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    WaterField Unveils 5 Custom-sized Cases for Apple iPad Pro, Smart…

    Quick to market, WaterField Designs announces five handsome, custom-fitted iPad Pro Cases for carrying and protecting the iPad, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil—the Dash sleeve, Suede Jacket, Ultimate…

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