Steve Jobs reportedly worked on upcoming iPhone models (Updated)

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Speaking with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, Apple’s government liaison Michael Foulkes suggested that Steve Jobs influenced the design of the next two iPhone models, according to The San Francisco Examiner. Specifically, Foulkes said those designs “precede Tim Cook.”

Apple’s design process typically takes several years on major products like the iPhone, and I suppose it could be true that Jobs had influence over the iPhone 5’s successors. However, a lot of subsequent development has happened since Jobs passed, and I can only assume that the final product will differ from the concepts and ideas that Jobs saw. It’s really not fair to call the next iteration of the iPhone a Steve Jobs design, as attractive as that might be.

When the iPhone 5, the current generation iPods and the EarPods were released, I wondered if they were the last products whose design and function Steve had influenced in a significant way. I can’t say for sure, of course, but I still suspect they are.

Update:I could be wrong.

Minimized – My favorite apps at their smallest

I use Apple’s 11” MacBook Air, so screen real estate is precious to me. When I saw Ged Maheux tweet this image from Gavin Nelson, comparing the relative size of three minimized Twitter clients, I wondered about other apps. With that in mind, I’ve minimized the main window of the apps I use most often. I also took a screenshot to represent how they look on MacBook Air’s small screen. Let’s get started.

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Out Of The Box for Samsung by Vitamins

Out of the box from Vitamins on Vimeo.

This is brilliant. It’s a case, crystal-clear getting started guide/manual and pair of hardcover books.

“Each page reveals the elements of the phone in the right order, helping the user to set up the sim card, the battery and even slide the case onto the phone.

The second book is the main manual – the phone actually slots into this and becomes the center of attention. Arrows point to the exact locations the user should press, avoiding confusion and eliminating the feeling of being lost in a menu.”

Fantastic.

[Via Like Cool]

Apple’s beautiful construction barriers

Photo credit: iPhoneclub.nl

When I saw these photos of the forthcoming Apple Store in Amsterdam, I noticed how great the construction barriers look. Typically barriers like this are erected simply to discourage prying eyes, but Apple often uses them as a marketing opportunity. This practice isn’t unique to Apple, of course, nor does the company always make such an effort. But when it does, the results are often charming. Here’s a look at some clever barriers Apple has used.

Reader Tom Klaver notes that the 3 Apple logos on top of each other are inspired by the Amsterdam coat of arms, and orange is the national Dutch color.

[Via MacRumors]

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