Today in Apple history: Remember the ‘Flower Power’ and ‘Blue Dalmatian’ iMacs?

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These were two of the wackier Macs in history.
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Feb22February 22, 2001: The iMac Special Edition, sporting custom Flower Power and Blue Dalmatian designs, puts a wacky face on the iMac G3 computer that saved Apple’s bacon at the turn of the century.

A far cry from the super-serious, aluminum-heavy industrial design that will come to define Apple, these colorfully patterned Macs are some of the most irreverent computers Cupertino ever dreamed up (c’mon, when was a real Dalmatian blue?).

Under the consciously tacky exterior hummed a pretty darn great Mac, though.

Why a 10.5-inch iPad Pro isn’t totally crazy

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A 10.5-inch piece of paper on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
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Apple’s rumored plans to launch three different-size iPads this spring has fans a bit confused as to why creating a new 10.5-inch model is a good idea. But according to Dan Provost, the co-founder of Studio Neat, it actually wouldn’t be crazy for Apple to change the screen size when you look at the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Today in Apple history: Relive 10 years of iPhone innovation

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Has it really been that long?
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Jan9January 9, 2007: Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone to an unsuspecting world. It’s immediately clear: Apple’s highly anticipated smartphone is like nothing we’ve seen before.

Standing on the Macworld stage in San Francisco, Jobs describes the new gadget as a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communications device.

10 years and more than a billion iPhones later, Apple’s smartphone has become a lot more commonplace — but no less revolutionary! Here’s our guide to 10 years of iPhone history.

Today in Apple history: Apple invents ‘slide to unlock’

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"Slide to unlock" drew audible gasps from the audience when Steve Jobs first showed it off.
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Dec23 December 23, 2005: Apple files a patent application for its iconic “slide to unlock” gesture for the iPhone.

Although the iPhone is still a secret research project at the time, the ability to unlock the device by sliding your finger across it signifies everything Apple wants the iPhone to be: easy to use, intuitive and technologically miles ahead of the competition.

Mac division has ‘lost clout’ with Jony Ive and Apple design team

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Has Apple forgotten about the Mac?
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Apple’s Mac team has “lost clout” with the company’s industrial design group and software team, claims a new report, arguing that Cupertino has “alienated Mac loyalists.”

The picture painted by the article is of a division with a lack of clear direction from senior management, departures of key employees, and technical challenges — all conspiring to make the Mac one of Apple’s forgotten divisions.

Someday you might get that round Apple Watch you crave

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You spin me right round, Jony, right round!
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Could future Apple Watches ditch the rectangular form factor of current models and opt instead for a round watch design, similar to the Pebble Time Round?

A pair of patent applications filed today suggest this is something Apple is considering. Titled “Electronic device having display with curved edges,” the twin applications make no secret about what they contain.

The question is whether Apple will follow through with them.

Why a secret Apple project may be delaying new Macs, this week on The CultCast

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Are you ready for Apple to make Macs "pro" again?
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This week on The CultCast: Is a secret Apple project stalling Mac updates? It wouldn’t be the first time. Plus: Apple teases Black Friday deals; AirPort routers are walking dead, and the Mac Pro might be next; the future of Time Machine; why iPad should be an iOS/OS X hybrid; and Jony Ive’s new role designing Apple itself.

Today in Apple history: Apple signs damaging deal with Microsoft

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One of the most damaging deals in Apple history.
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Nov21November 21, 1985: Following Steve Jobs’ departure, Apple comes close to signing its own death warrant by signing away the rights to the Macintosh’s look and feel.

The deal, between Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple CEO John Sculley, comes hot on the hells of the Windows operating system’s initial release. The pact gives Microsoft a “non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, nontransferable license to use [parts of the Mac technology] in present and future software programs, and to license them to and through third parties for use in their software programs.”

Oh, boy!

Jony Ive’s design book is much more than an ego trip

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Apple's Industrial Design team has published a book of its work over two decades: Designed by Apple in California.

Increasingly, some Apple fans think Jony Ive has lost it.

He’s killing ports and headphone jacks left and right. The latest MacBooks value form over function. He’s designing gold watches for the 1 percent.

And now his glossy new photo book, Designed by Apple in California, looks like a $300, linen-bound ego trip.

Why the masses are mad about MacBook Pro, this week on The CultCast

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The reviews are in on Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...
The reviews are in on Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...
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This week on The CultCast: Get out your pitchforks — we’ll tell you why a lot of folks are very unhappy with the new MacBook Pros. Plus, we compare the MacBook Pro’s performance to older models and similarly priced machines; Apple calls it quits on external displays; and the end of an era — one of Mac’s most iconic features gets retired.

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