Apple opened its very first store in Thailand this past Saturday at the ICONSIAM Center, welcoming both locals and visitors to experience hands-on the best of the company’s products. It’s situated alongside storied sites, cultural landmarks, and is seamlessly connected to an outdoor roof terrace, while the store’s clean, trapezoidal design lines and glass surfaces accentuate the natural beauty of its surroundings. Read more for another detailed video walk-through, additional pictures and information.
Popular YouTube user “JerryRigEverything” decided to test the durability of Apple’s new 11-inch iPad Pro, and as you may have already guessed, the tablet quickly cracked and then folded under pressure. Some claim that it’s due to its expansive use of flat aluminum on the back, as well as the new flat edges for charging the Apple Pencil. Unless you’re another popular video creator with millions of subscribers to earn you ad revenue, we don’t recommend trying this at home, even with Apple Care. Read more for more fascinating images.
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This year’s new iPhone lineup has just hit the market, but Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has just released a report with a few details about next year’s models. Apparently, Apple will still use the same 5.8-inch (OLED), 6.1-inch (LCD) and 6.5-inch (OLED) panels, while either reducing the notch, or completely eliminating it, similar to the new iPad Pro. Other upgrades could include: an A13 processor, improved Face ID sensors, a triple rear cameras setup, and possibly Apple Pencil support. Read more for additional pictures and information.
There’s Apple Watch stands, and then the Pod Case by Joyce Kang and the C.O Design Lab. Simply slide the Apple Watch Series 4 body into the silicone case and you have a miniature iPod of sorts. Unfortunately, the job wheel is just for aesthetics and doesn’t actually function, though we could see the designers integrating one that actually works via Bluetooth some time down the line, if this concept actually make it into production. Read more for additional images.
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Rahel Mohamad’s 10-month-old iPhone X allegedly “exploded” as he was installing iOS 12.1 this past Friday. As installation began, he decided to plug it in using the official bundled Lightning cable and wall adapter, when he noticed “dark grey smoke started coming from the phone.” The update then soon completed and as it turned on, the smoke lead to the device catching on fire before exploding. Read more for additional pictures of the aftermath.
Before the Galaxy tablets of today, there was the $5,000 Samsung PenMaster from 1992. The device featured a sleek case, or at least for that time, and was based around an Intel i386SL CPU processor. One other interesting fact is that a re-bodied version was sold as the GRiDPad SL. It ran Microsoft’s newly released Windows for Pen Computing operating system, while the touchscreen relies on a chipset by Wacom, paired with a battery-powered pen. Read More of two more in-action videos and additional information.
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Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Sir Jony Ive, and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson, together designed a one-of-a-kind ring, made exclusively for (RED) by Diamond Foundry.The duo did not want to work with the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create ‘diamond rings’, so they decided to remove material rather than adding. The result? A diamond block that will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers. It’s estimated to fetch between $150,000 – $250,000 at auction. Read more for another image and additional information.
If you happen to be in China, you’ll be able to pick up a pair of Xiaomi AirDots, a set of wireless earbuds that features Bluetooth 5.0, and aim to give AirPods some competition. They’re priced at just 199¥ ($28.60 USD), and unlike Apple’s version, these come with silicone tips for better sound isolation and a more secure fit. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Spotify is currently beta testing its Apple Watch app, and The Verge’s Tom Warren was able to get some hands-on time with it ahead of its official release. Currently, it only includes basic functions, and unfortunately, there’s no offline support for playing songs away from your iPhone, nor can you stream songs to an Apple Watch over LTE. Simply put, the current iteration is basically a Spotify Connect controller to let you change music on any device playing Spotify content and linked to your account. Continue reading for a short video and more information.
Caviar is known for their luxurious smartphones, but the iPhone X Tesla is the company’s first with an integrated solar panel on the back. The panels feed into a dedicated battery, which then provides charge to the iPhone’s battery at the push of a power button. Despite looking like a case, the panels are attached directly to the handset, increasing the thickness from the original’s 7.7mm to 16.2mm. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.