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Today in Apple history: Scott Forstall gets forced out of Apple

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The disastrous Apple Maps showed Scott Forstall the way out of Cupertino.
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October 29: Today in Apple history: Scott Forstall gets forced out of Apple after disastrous Apple Maps launch October 29, 2012: Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iOS software, is ousted from the company after the disastrous Apple Maps launch.

Apple divvies up the roles previously handled by Forstall, who once seemed on a path to the top, among other high-level execs. Jony Ive assumes leadership of the Human Interface team. Craig Federighi becomes head of iOS software. Eddy Cue takes control of Maps and Siri. And Bob Mansfield “unretires” to lead a new technology group.

Apple design chief Evans Hankey leaves, 3 years after succeeding Jony Ive

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Evans Hankey, fourth from left in the front row, is leaving Apple.
Evans Hankey, fourth from left in the front row, is leaving Apple.
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Three years after the influential Jony Ive vacated the role of hardware design chief at Apple, it’s opening up again, according to a report.

Vice President of Industrial Design Evans Hankey, who stepped into the top job in 2019, plans to step down. And Cupertino hasn’t said yet who will take over when she goes.

Today in Apple history: iMac goes big with 27-inch display

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The 2009 unibody iMac proved a watershed design for Jony Ive and Apple.
Unibody aluminum iMac design FTW!
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October 20: Today in Apple history: iMac goes big with 27-inch display October 20, 2009: Apple goes big with its iMac redesign, introducing the first 27-inch all-in-one Mac.

The sleek, sophisticated aluminum unibody design looks so good that the iMac will remain virtually unchanged for years. As with the first Macintosh with a built-in CD-ROM drive, the iMac’s 27-inch display represents a sea change for tech. The big, beautiful screen signals that larger displays need no longer remain the domain of pampered professionals.

Today in Apple history: iOS 7’s major redesign divides fans

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Here's how iOS 7 (right) compared to iOS 6.
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September 18: Today in Apple history: iOS 7 major redesign divides fans September 18, 2013: iOS 7 launches with a radical redesign that divides the tech world.

The biggest overhaul Apple’s mobile operating system has seen in years, iOS 7 ditches the skeuomorphic objects, dials and textures of previous iterations. Instead, it boasts stark patches of white space, simpler icons and more abstract controls for settings. The Jony Ive era of software design is truly underway.

New Steve Jobs Archive aims to share his ‘sense of possibility’

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A new archive will celebrate Steve Jobs' life and values with an array of materials and programs.
A new archive will celebrate Steve Jobs' life and values with an array of materials and programs.
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Something unexpected came out of Vox Media’s Code conference Wednesday — a birth announcement for The Steve Jobs Archive. The new repository celebrates the Apple co-founder’s life and strives to share his values. Various programs are planned.

In a panel discussion, Apple CEO Tim Cook, former design honcho Jon Ivy and Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, discussed the man’s legacy and introduced the archive.

Today in Apple history: iMac G3 arrives to save Apple

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On this day in 1998, the world says "hello" to the computer that will save Apple.
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August 15: Today in Apple history: iMac G3 arrives to save Apple August 15, 1998: The iMac G3 — Apple’s brightly colored, translucent Macintosh relaunch — goes on sale to a rabid audience.

Steve Jobs’ first major new product since returning to Apple, the internet-ready iMac cements his legacy as a forward-thinking tech visionary. It also introduces the world to the design talents of Jony Ive — and pretty much saves Apple in the process.

Just another day at the office, eh?

Download striking ‘Apple Stage’ wallpaper for Mac, iPad and iPhone

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Basic Apple Guy's new wallpaper is based on Jony Ive's work.
Basic Apple Guy's new wallpaper is based on Jony Ive's work.
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Designer and Apple maven Basic Apple Guy offered a delightful surprise Friday with his new “Apple Stage” wallpaper for Mac, iPad and iPhone.

The stunning rainbow wallpaper sports a design inspired by the real-life, six-color stage structure created by Cupertino design legend Jony Ive at Apple Park.

Today in Apple history: iMac G4 gets super-sized screen

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The iMac G4 brings a "breathtaking" giant screen to desktops everywhere.
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July 17: Today in Apple history: iMac G4 brings super-sized screen July 17, 2002: Apple ships a new super-sized iMac G4, offering a 17-inch widescreen LCD display that becomes the envy of most computer users at the time.

“The best consumer desktop just got even better,” says Steve Jobs of Apple’s new all-in-one computer in a press release. “Having this gorgeous 17-inch flat screen floating in mid-air right in front of you is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing like it in the PC world.” He wasn’t wrong!

And the world’s hottest laptop is … the M2 MacBook Air! [The CultCast]

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The CultCast Apple podcast: Nobody's got anything bad to say about the new MacBook Air.
Nobody's got anything bad to say about the new MacBook Air.
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Everyone’s raving about the new M2-powered MacBook Air — and so are we. Although Erfon just bought a different Apple laptop (and offers up a pro tip for anybody thinking of getting the hot new MBA).

Also on The CultCast:

  • Bye-bye, Jony Ive. We’re gonna miss ya. Mostly.
  • The emoji people scrape the bottom of the barrel.
  • Toys are about to get personal (but brace yourself for disfigured plastic selfies).
  • BMW foists an outrageous subscription plan on car buyers.

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