Archive for February, 2011

iPad 2 to be launched on 2nd March

It’s as about as official as it’s going to be…

Apple are sending out invites to an event next week and I’ll eat my hat if they’re not going to be announcing the iPad 2. I don’t think there’ll be any big surprises – slimmer, lighter, faster and with cameras on the front and back for FaceTime support. But that’s probably more than enough to keep the sales going for now…

WorldClock logo

I’ve just posted a logo I’m working on to my Dribble account – have a look if you want a sneak peak of the rest of the project.

If you’re interested in typography, check out FontsInUse.com

Here’s a great little site for all the designers and typographers out there.

FontsInUse showcases some of your favourite typefaces in real world usage. You can filter what’s displayed by industry, format and typeface. A great source of inspiration or just a nice way to browse some cool design work… well worth bookmarking for future reference.

Waldok – iPod speaker charger

I love the look of Waldok, a new little combination charging dock and speaker that just plugs straight into your power socket.

It’s another Kickstarter project and it looks like they’ve raised enough money already to go into production, so you should see these popping up everywhere in a few months.

App Store subscriptions finally arrive

You may have noticed that Apple have finally released details of the App Store’s new built in subscription system and it’s pretty fair to say that opinions are divided.

One the one hand the publishers are very unhappy because a) Apple won’t give them subscriber info without consent from the user and b) Apple want to take their 30% cut from in-app subscriptions. There’s talk of legal action and words like ‘blackmail’ being bandied about so we’ll just have to see where that goes…

On the other hand, pundits that aren’t publishers are very happy with Apple for exactly the same reasons: a) Apple won’t give publishers your subscriber info without your consent and b) the fact that you can purchase and manage your subscriptions from within the app/iTunes environment makes your life much easier. No having to go to publisher’s websites and mess about with credit card details and if and when the publisher changes the price of your subscription you’ll be alerted by Apple.

Anti-Apple protesters claim that Apple are just doing it for the money. Pro-Apple supporters claim it’s because Apple take a user-centric view of things and put us first.

I think the great thing about Apple is that both those statements are true – they can have their cake and eat it too.

A little tale of App Store shenanigans & skulduggery

As you might know my company, Chilli X, has an iPhone app called PhotoFrame and an iPad app called PhotoFramePlus. The other day I did a quick search for it in the App Store (I wanted to copy the link to send to someone) and I came across a competing app called PhotoFrame Pro HD by MAX CA APPS. So I thought I’d have a little look at the competition, and what I found turned out to be rather interesting… Continue reading

New desktop wallpapers

I’ve just uploaded a couple of new desktop wallpapers to my DeviantArt gallery.

They’re pretty high resolution so will scale to pretty much any device you’ve got. If you’re interested, grab them here.

 

BBC iPlayer App launches on the iPad

The BBC’s long awaited iPlayer iPad app was released today. It’s free, so go and grab a copy now and try it out (UK only at the moment – US coming soon).

As expected, it looks great and seems to work flawlessly from what I’ve seen so far. You can watch and listen to live TV and Radio but there’s (as yet) no way to download a programme and watch it later which would have been good for those train journeys.

Kor Hydration Vessels

OK, it’s just a fancy name for a water bottle, but they’re beautifully designed anyway…

Available in two sizes and several colours from Kor

A detailed look at the design of The Daily iPad app

Stephen Coles has put together a fantastically detailed overview of the design element of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad app, The Daily.

Well worth a read in your interested in interactive design and user interface/experience.

Link.

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