Apple-inspired designs to fulfill every tech lovers dream!

Apple’s WWDC just wrapped up and the highlight of the event is Apple’s switch to ARM instead of Intel. While that would be a major transition and not an easy one, we thought we would showcase the best of Apple-inspired designs to get a headstart on what we imagine the next set of hardware designs would be like. From touch-based MacBook concepts to Apple accessories for your existing gadgets, there is a design in here for everyone!

MacBook Pro 2018 concept

Designed with designers in mind, this MacBook Pro 2018 concept by Daniel Brunsteiner explores the integration of a full-size touchpad in place of the traditional keyboard. It relies on Apple’s own Taptic Engine system to give the user the feel of physical buttons or even emulate a scroll wheel or sliders. It retains the touch bar for shortcuts and function keys but the entire surface is touch-enabled! Better yet, now Apple Pencil is compatible with the new MacBook Pro, helping creative professionals in their workflow and allowing for new applications using the touchpad area.

If you look at the iPhone X Fold’s OS by  Roy Gilsing Design, you see that it’s essentially an iPad Mini folded in half… a desirable #bendgate if you will. It features a secondary screen on the front that resembles the iPhone X (why it features the notch, I’ll never know), but its most unlikely yet apt inspiration comes from one of Apple’s most reliable products ever, the MacBook. The XFold features an inward screen as the MacBook does, and even comes with the same anodized aluminum finish. Look at the rim and you’ll even see a slight cutout on the frame to slide your thumb in and open the phone, just like the MacBook has.

Ludovico’s MacBook redesign takes similar routes to the iPhone X and rather appropriately christens itself the MacBook X. Featuring a body that’s curved, rather than wedged, the MacBook X does a hat-tip to the iPhone and looks less susceptible to horrible denting given the lack of a sharp edge. It also explores a more expansive display that has those incredible curved edges and absolutely no bezels. The absence of a notch means there’s no webcam on the MacBook X, which does raise questions, but none too serious, considering this is purely conceptual. Look down at the bottom half and you’ll see the touch-bar is still there, sitting above what I can only say is a keyboard that feels much too different. Deviating from the regular square-keyed board, Campana’s MacBook concept takes on a circular key design, which I honestly have conflicting opinions about, but then again, conflicting opinions are all too common in the domain of consumer electronics… aren’t they?

Apple may have killed the AirPower, but if anything, it’s still the most customer-friendly company out there! Take for instance this Dongle by Ryan Geraghty that truly empowers iPad Pro users into connecting pretty much anything to their iPad Pros. With one USB-C port at one end and a WIDE variety of possibilities at the other, the latest dongle lets you connect everything from a LAN cable, to a pair of headphones, to memory cards, to even iPods (Hallelujah!). The dongle even comes with a proprietary cable technology that ensures that the dongle’s multitude of wires don’t get entangled, and is available in a wide variety of colors.

Now while Apple doesn’t have a reputation of listening to its consumers, most third-party OEMs do. Take the AirBar for instance. This amazingly thin little beaut is capable of turning your MacBook screen into a touchscreen. It broadcasts invisible light-waves to detect movement, allowing virtually anything to become a stylus. Use anything from chopsticks to a paintbrush to even your fingers (with or without gloves) to touch, navigate, zoom, swipe, or even paint on your MacBook! All you got to do is plug the AirBar into a USB port and mount it on the bottom of your screen. The only drawback here is the lack of pressure sensitivity since the AirBar only works in the X & Y axes.

The Wanle phone case for the iPhone turns your futuristic device into a slice of retro gaming heaven. It uses the backside of your phone and turns it into a retro Gameboy of sorts, letting you play classic games like Tetris, Tank, F1 Racing, and the legendary Snake. Without inhibiting any of your iPhone’s functions or ports, the Wanle case sits nicely on the back of your smartphone, turning what would be just a plain metal surface into a gamer’s paradise. It uses its own button-cell battery to power the video games at the back, allowing you to simply flip your phone over when you want to game without draining your iPhone’s battery. The cover case is beautifully designed with a curvature that feels great to the touch and actual 3D buttons that feel like the real thing.

The Retroduck stand does something rather noteworthy. Phones are light, portable, and have a reputation for being multi-tasking devices. Televisions on the other hand are the exact opposite. When you dock your phone into the Retroduck, your perception of your phone instantly changes to that of a television, therefore allowing you to watch content on your phone’s screen with much more attention… as you would on a TV. The Retroduck works as a rather neat multimedia dock, with its beautiful vintage-inspired design (even built with dummy controls and antennae!). It’s thick/hollow design helps channel sound better, allowing sound from your phone’s speakers to resonate within the empty space, effectively making it louder/punchier, while evenly channeling the sound through both the front as well as the back of the dock.

‘Reality leaves a lot to the imagination’, this quote by John Lennon is what I believe must be the inspiration behind this wonderful mix of reality and imagination displayed by designer Philip Lück. Philip has been adding a twist of imagination to the mundaneness of our daily lives. Now here’s a version of the iPhone 11 Pro that adds some fun to the 3 camera setup, and keeps the trypophobia at bay! Not to forget, the hours of screen-free analog procrastination it would provide when the phone was not in use.

The guys at Caviar, famous for their custom-made iPhones, have launched the Cyberphone, an iPhone 11 Pro’s soul in the body of a Cybertruck. This pimped-out iPhone 11 Pro comes with a PVD-coated titanium body featuring a polygonal edgy design reminiscent of the ‘polarizing vehicle’. The body extends all the way to the front, entirely covering the screen like a clamshell phone (so there’s never a repeat of the ‘shattered-glass’ incident), but with the hinge located at the bottom edge. The unique hinging mechanism allows the phone to immediately have a kickstand that you can use anywhere to prop the phone up on a table as you show it off.

The designer of DGRule Nicole Chang describes it as an “invisible hub” and I guess we can see why. The DGRule promises to be a convenient alternative to the limited Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports since they aren’t always compatible with all devices. Subtle, discreet, and far from bulky, DGRule snaps onto both sides of the MacBook Pro. Available in Space Gray or Silver, it camouflages with your laptop, appearing to be a natural extension of it. Created from CNC aluminum, this allows the hub to comfortably merge with the MacBook Pro. The DGRule encloses two Thunderbolt ports on the same side, leaving the two others on the opposite end completely free. The invisible hub connects your Thunderbolt 3, HDMI display, USB-C, Mini DP, three USB 3.1, one MicroSD, SD, and your headphones!

If you love everything Apple, this curated selection of Apple accessories and the list of iconic Apple Store Designs is exactly what you need!

SATECHI’s magnetic dock lets you charge your Apple Watch using your iPad Pro!

Go ahead and add yet another incredible feature to the iPad Pro. The tablet already did have the ability to reverse-charge devices, but with Satechi’s Apple Watch dock, the iPad Pro can charge and dock your smartwatch right beside it! The way the Apple Watch docks on the iPad Pro is similar to the way the Pencil does. It sits right on the edge, allowing you to wirelessly charge your watch while you comfortably use your tablet uninterrupted.

Like all of Satechi’s products, the USB-C Magnetic Charging Dock comes with Apple-certified MFI charging, and works across all generations of the Apple Watch. The dock plugs right into the side of the iPad Pro or the MacBook Pro, although you could just as easily use it with any power-bank too. The sleek aluminum design does a pretty good job of blending in with Apple’s design language, while inbuilt magnets securely hold onto your watch as it charges, allowing you to dock your iPad on a stand without worrying about the watch slipping or falling off. Neat, eh? Maybe you could even use it as a small extended display too, running a timer, your clock, or the weather app right beside your screen as you work or browse the web!

Designer: Satechi

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Apple Announces Powerful New 13-Inch MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Apple announced an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, with an enhanced Magic Keyboard. The keyboard is expected to bring the best in typing experience. Apple has also made sure that its users no longer have to worry about storage space. The new laptop comes with double the storage across all configurations. In addition, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is 80% faster in terms of its graphics performance. 

Here are some unique features of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro

It comes with quad-core processors, a 13-inch Retina display and immersive stereo speakers. This means, people can run complex applications and still get their machine to run quickly. The 13-inch display is a godsend for those who are particular about vividness of picture quality. The laptop boasts of all-day battery life, which is very important for those who are always on the go. 

In fact, MacBooks are mostly popular because of their thinness and their battery longevity. For instance, those who work on the go do not have to carry their bulky chargers all day long. They will still be able to use their MacBooks throughout the day. The MacBook starts at $1,299, and if one has a valid student ID card, one can purchase it for $1,199. 

What is so special about the Magic Keyboard?

MacBook Pro

Many people have complained that the butterfly keyboard on existing MacBooks are not as efficient as they are made out to be. Some have noted that the keyboards feel tight after sometime. Getting keyboards replaced a MacBook is very trick, as the entire unit will need to be replaced. The new Magic Keyboard aims to solve all these problems’ and make typing a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

The Magic Keyboard is not exactly new, as it was introduced on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air. It comes with a scissor mechanism and an inverted T arrangement for the arrow keys. Playing games, working with spreadsheets, and simply typing text can all be very easy on the new keyboard. 

The pandemic may cast gloom on Apple’s sales figures

Certainly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is a great device that will likely do very well in the market. However, it must be noted that due to the coronavirus pandemic, people will not be able to splurge much on electronic goods. The economy is suffering across the world, and this may affect the sales of not only MacBook Pro, but all electronic gadgets in general.

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