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Apple Prototypes

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Keep it Simple by frog design founder Hartmut Esslinger showcases some rarely seen Apple prototypes. If you've never heard of Esslinger, he collaborated with Steve Jobs in the 1980s and by way of this parntership, Apple grew from an originally tech-focused company into one of the world's most successful, global brands, thanks to intelligent design. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the streets of Japan and its supercars, in 4K.

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Power Mac G5

Designer Klaus Geiger unveils BENCHMA, a line of sleek furniture made from old Power Mac G5 cases. After the internals are removed, he adds in drawers to the cases and / or wood planks, as well as glass, to form furniture. The Power Mac G5 is Apple Inc.'s marketing name for models of the Power Macintosh that contained the IBM PowerPC G5 CPU inside an anodized aluminium chassis. The professional-grade computer was the most powerful in Apple's lineup when it was introduced, widely hailed as the first 64-bit PC, and was touted by Apple as the fastest personal computer ever built.

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iPad Mini 3

Priced from $399, the iPad Mini 3 is not much different from its predecessor, aside from the new gold color and TouchID fingerprint sensor. Other features include: 7.9-inch (4:3 aspect ratio) Retina display, an A7 CPU with 64-bit architecture, and a 5.0-megaipxel iSight camera. Pre-orders begin October 17th and will begin shipping October 24th. Continue reading for more hands-on pictures, a video overview and additional information.

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iPad Air 2

Measuring in at just 6.1mm thick, Apple's iPad Air 2 is now the world's thinnest tablet. It features a 9.7" (2048 x 1536) display, 64-bit A8X chip (based on iPhone 6 version), 8.0-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, 10-hour battery life, TouchID fingerprint-sensor, and Apple Pay integration. Available at the end of this month, priced from $499. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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Apple Campus Food

Unlike at Google, Apple employees actually have to pay for their food at Caffe Macs, but as you can see, it's well worth the price. First up, we have a stack of French toast with a side of strawberries, and both smothered with maple syrup. At most breakfast places, you'd probably expect to pay somewhere around $8-$10 for something like this, but Apple employees can enjoy this tasty breakfast entree for $4. Continue reading for more.

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Apple US Treasury

Believe it or not, Apple has more money than the US treasury. According to one report, "Apple has three times as much cash on hand as does the US government, and over twice as much as does the UK. These figures come to us from the Bank of America's wealth-management arm, US Trust. In its most recent quarterly SEC filing, Apple reported that it had $158.8-billion in cash and cash equivalents plus short- and long-term securities. US Trust reports that the cash-strapped American government has reserves of just $48.5-billion." Continue reading for more.

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Apple Ranch Home

Apple isn't known for designing homes (ever), but that doesn't mean the company won't delve into the industry sooner than later. This is what a ranch home designed by the likes of Peter Bohlin (architect behind many of the Apple Stores), would probably look like. This owner commissioned Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects to create the "Hupomone Ranch", a living space nestled on a sprawling 160 acres in California's Chileno Valley. Continue reading for more images and information.

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iPad Air 2

It's confirmed, Apple will be holding an official press event on October 16, and the new iPads, along with Retina iMacs are purportedly going to be announced. Here's a first look at the iPad Air 2, which is half a millimeter thinner than the current generation, at 7mm, and boasts a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. There's also a rumor saying that Apple is working on a 12-inch iPad that will be released next year. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Fake iPhone Charger

If you see something that's too good to true, in this case, a $.99 iPhone charger, then it's probably best to avoid it. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there are many things that may look real in China, but are just bad knockoffs, especially when using "Designed by Aggle in California" is printed directly on something. Continue reading for more suspicious products and things you should probably avoid.

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iPhone 6 Official

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Priced from $199 (16GB), the 6.9mm thick iPhone 6, complete with a new curved design, will be available in dark black and gold. Unlike previous models, this model features Apple Pay, the company's new payment system compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. It works by holding phone up to a generic card reader and pressing a finger on the TouchID button. The NFC chip is fitted across the top of the phone, with all details being encrypting and the system stores payment information securely. Continue reading for more hands-on images, another video and additional information.

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