The unexplored history of translucent Apple design
Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:54 AM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:39 AM
Designers of all sorts play a game with us. They create something outlandish and somehow make it a must have (i.e. bright translucents). Once sales begin to slacken, they come up with something different (white), rendering that former must-have into a must-not-have. Not me. I prefer function over form and some classic and enduring over a fad.
Ingrid Bergman once made an interesting comment about the dress she wears when she first appears in the 1942 film, Casablanca. It was so classic in its design, she said, she could wear it again in almost any film at almost any time and still appear stylish.
We need more of that. To Apple's credits, many of their current products are attractive, classic designs that should age well.
Apple's only current silliness is an obsession with thin. Desktop computers, for instance, don't need to be as thin as the next iMac will be. That much thinness merely makes them harder to built and harder to fix.
The primary reason I've not upgraded my MacBook to a MacBook Air is the latter's hardly better battery life. I'd rather have a MBA was a bit thicker with twice the battery life (perhaps as a EL-Extended Life model). Thin is worthless. I'm not going to use it to cut bread. Knocking a quarter-inch off the thickness matters not at all when I'm going to be carrying it around in a case thick padding. It'll still be the same thickness.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 09:48 AM
We also have a translucent Newton.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:38 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:29 PM
I also rather liked its integrated AppleWorks-like Newton Works software!! Fabulous stuff.
I swear there was another Apple laptop which had some translucency before the iBook, but maybe I'm just thinking of the eMate...
The G3 "Molar Mac" actually has a rather attractive, er, back side that evokes the Power Mac G4.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:16 AM
I bought a Mac Mini for Apple's OS (I couldn't take the stress of using Windows any longer), NOT because I wanted a tiny, silver box for a woman's make-up desk.
Time for Apple to bring back normal-looking machines that can be maintained/upgraded by the user. Many people would switch to Apple if they did.
Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:56 AM
Jobs could NOT program, let alone design or build computers. Steve WOZNIAK created the first Apple computer, turning Jobs - a nobody at the time - into a billionaire. Jobs spent his whole life stealing from others, creating an image of himself that bears no resemblance to reality.
It was Jonathan Ive, a British designer, for example, who, along with others, created the look of the first iMac and the first iPod, not Jobs.
Smartphones were NOT Jobs' idea either. IBM came up with the first smartphone in 1993, the "Simon Personal Communicator". And there were PDAs with phones, too, at that time.
It's the engineers and others who do all the work. CEOs told them: stop making smartphones, so they stopped. Then a CEO said: make a new smartphone, so they did.