New video shows iPhone prototypes going head-to-head

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Apple's earliest iOS prototypes.
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Apple calls iOS “the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” but it was almost the world’s worst.

Before deciding on the icon-based user interface we know and love today, Apple designed an awful prototype UI that was based on the iPod’s software and controlled with a virtual click-wheel. Check it out in the video below.

Instagram’s gorgeous new logo comes with revamped iPhone app

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Instagram is rolling out a brand new user interface on iPhone that ditches bright colors to make your photos look even prettier… but no one really cares about that. The real news is the brand new logo that comes with it.

Filled with beautifully bright colors like a sweet acid trip, it’s the first new logo Instagram has had since it launched five years ago, and it replaces the familiar retro camera, which was starting to look a little long in the tooth.

Designing for Android: an iOS developer’s perspective

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A one-size-fits-all hybrid design for Android and iOS apps is not the best of both worlds. Photo: Diarmuid Miklós/Flickr

As an iOS developer, I’m frequently asked, “When are you going to do an Android version?” Like it is just a matter of time.

But the truth is, we’ll probably never support Android. While there are sound business rationales for this, my motives are rooted in design philosophy.

Add The Final Touch to Your Designs With Over 900 Hand-Drawn Icons [Deals]

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This Cult of Mac Deals offer features a must-have set of icons for all your designing needs. With three different sets of icons available, you have the necessities to make any webpage unique and give that hand-drawn personal touch. The icons are available in 8 file formats, including vector source files, raster images in four sizes, icon font files and vector files for custom font rendering.

All the hand-drawn goodies are creatively doodled, which cannot be substituted by any filters or effects. Its a must have for every designer who wants to create a hand-drawn website, application, presentation or print media. And right now you can get this bundle for just $39!

The Complete Web Designer’s Fall Bundle: Over 700 Professionally Designed Assets, Templates, And UI Kits [Deals]

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The holiday season is quickly approaching, and if your (or a client’s) online storefront needs to be ready for seasonal discounting, we’ve put together The Complete Web Designers’ Fall Bundle from Vandelay Premier to ease your workload.

The bundle includes all of the vital elements that you need to get your new sites looking holiday fresh. And all for 85% off – just $29.99 – thanks to Cult of Mac Deals!

Get Thousands Of Design Elements With The Premium Design Library [Deals]

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I’m big on saving time, no matter what you do. So when an offer pops up that allows you to go to one place to get everything you need, I’m all for it – especially if the quality is top-notch. So if you’re a designer, there’s an offer available right now that gives you a “one stop shop” for plenty of your design needs.

With this offer, you’ll get a slew of design elements for 98% off the regular price – just $49 – in The Premium Design Bundle from Cult of Mac Deals.

Stack Up On Thousands Of Resources With The Summer Creative Design Bundle [Deals]

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As a designer, there is no such thing as too many resources. It’s simple – the more assets you have, the more combinations and unique designs you can deliver. With that in mind, the more designs you can deliver, the more dynamic of a designer you’ll be! If you are looking for a UI/UX bundle that has it all, look no further.

The Summer Creative Design Bundle is a Cult of Mac Deals special offer that gets you lifetime access to literally thousands of high-quality assets…for only $39!

Max Out Your Designer Toolkit With The Ultimate Icon Bundle [Deals]

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Build Beautiful Websites With CoffeeCup Web Editor And Themes Pack [Deals]

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This Cult of Mac Deals offer features CoffeeCup Web Editor – a clever coding machine designed for one specific reason: making web-editing as painless as possible!

Whether you are a web design rookie or seasoned veteran, CoffeeCup is equipped with a variety of helpers, tools, and slick tricks to guide you every step of the way. Organization and efficiency are key to staying sane and producing quality work. Once you really get into Web Editor’s flexible workspace, you’ll wonder how you’ve ever got by without it.

Along with CoffeeCup Web Editor, we have included 5 stylish, responsive editor themes that usually run $18 each. That makes this offer an even greater value: only $29! That’s 81% off the regular price.