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Design Thoughts: The Edit Menu

A few weeks go, it was brought to my attention again, through a conversation with my grandmother, that editing contacts or other items such as mail messages seem to be an odd practice at first and not intuitive. Even in the previous iOS 6 interface, this button always appeared to be an odd concept. Odd in the sense that new users, the thousands I’ve worked with, have a difficult time distinguishing what its purpose is. It may sound obvious to a common computer user, because the edit menu is where we go to cut, copy, and paste such as in word processing. However, many newborn users of iOS, even after reading the edit button, exploring for options, reading a manual, etc., do not know what the word means on a mobile device or why they should edit in the first place.

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Apple Q1: $54.5B Revenue, 47.8M iPhones sold, 22.9M iPads sold

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In what may be the most anticipated earnings release in recent memory, Apple has unveiled their first quarter numbers, and they are huge. Apple posted its largest quarter ever, with $54.5B in revenue, and $13.1B in net profits, compared to revenues of $46.3 billion and a net profit of $13.1 billion year over year.

The world’s largest company sold a record 47.8M iPhones in the quarter, up 10M from 37M in the year-ago quarter, although they came up short when compared to the Streets’ expectations of 50M iPhones sold. 22.9M iPads were sold, meeting the Streets’ expectations, and up from 15.4M in the year-ago quarter.

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CES 2013: Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch starts shipping January 23rd

PebbleHeroThe Pebble smartwatch was the first big Kickstarter success story. In a little over a month, Pebble raised over $10.2 million dollars, thanks to nearly 69,000 backers. Today, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced at CES that Pebble has finally entered manufacturing, and that the first devices will begin shipping out to backers on January 23rd. At full power, Pebble’s manufacturing partners will crank out 15,000 watches per week, so Migicovsky says it will take 6-8 weeks to fulfill all of their Kickstarter orders, at which point Pebble will start shipping to those who preordered through getpebble.com after the Kickstarter campaign ended.

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2012 in Review: Apple

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Join Current Editorials as we take a look back at the top trends, gadgets, and companies of 2012 in our year-end series “2012 in Review.”

2012 was a tumultuous year for Apple filled with triumph and tribulation. As the first full year without Steve Jobs comes to a close, we are looking not at a company standing still as so many had predicted, but at a company who has revised virtually every product that it sells in the midst of a controversial misstep and a management shakeup.

The year got off to a rocky start as harsh criticism was leveled at Apple’s assembler, Foxconn for their labor practices. Enter Tim Cook – who gathered the data, made changes, and now looks to do more of its manufacturing in the United States.

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iOS SVP Scott Forstall and Retail Head John Browitt out at Apple, Employees are ‘Pleased’ With Browitt’s Departure

iOS VP Scott Forstall and retail head John Browitt are leaving Apple at the end of the year. Forstall leaving isn’t too unexpected — there have been rumors of Forstall clashing with other members of Apple senior leadership.

According to my sources, Apple employees are ‘pleased’ with the news that John Browitt is leaving, stating that ‘the changes he implemented in retail have not been the best choices.’

Eddy Cue has been tasked with bringing Siri — which is still in beta — and Apple Maps up to par with the rest of Apple’s services. Cue has been running iTunes, the App Store, iBookstore, and iCloud with great success.

Craig Federighi will run both OS X and iOS, bringing Apple’s two operating systems closer together, and Bob Mansfield will stay on as head of ‘Technologies,’ which “combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization.” Mansfield’s group includes Apple’s semiconducter teams, who, according to Apple, “have ambitious plans for the future.”

The best news in this whole situation is the promotion of Jony Ive taking over leadership of Human Interface for the entire company. He is the backbone of the Industrial Design that Apple has employed over the past few years, and his touch on the interface level will only increase the quality of all the interfaces Apple customers see on a daily basis.

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri® and Maps, placing all of our online services in one group. This organization has overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store®, the App Store℠, the iBookstore℠ and iCloud®. This group has an excellent track record of building and strengthening Apple’s online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.

Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X®. Apple has the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems, and this move brings together the OS teams to make it even easier to deliver the best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms.

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include the semiconductor teams, who have ambitious plans for the future.

Additionally, John Browett is leaving Apple. A search for a new head of Retail is underway and in the interim, the Retail team will report directly to Tim Cook. Apple’s Retail organization has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level who will continue the excellent work that has been done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services for customers.

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Your iPhone 5 May Have A Mismatched Serial Number

A highly reliable source has sent us documentation that Apple has sent to Apple Stores around the country, stating that iPhone 5s manufactured before August 26 may have mismatched serial numbers. According to the document and our source, the serial number present in iTunes, iOS, and iOS Diagnostics may not match the internal serial numbers on the CDMA-version of the iPhone 5 (A1429).

There is no telling how many devices were built before August 26, but Apple does say in the document that it will still service the device if it has not been tampered with.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 Event by the Numbers: 400m iOS devices sold to date

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Apple CEO Tim Cook threw out a lot of numbers at today’s iPhone 5 launch event. To help you keep track, here’s a convenient list of all the sales figures and retail numbers he cited:

  • 380 stores in 12 countries, 13th country coming this Friday with store opening in Sweden.
  • 83 million visitors in the last quarter, between April and June.
  • 7 million Mountain Lion upgrades sold.
  • Apple’s notebooks are ranked #1 in the US market, capture 27% of the overall market.
  • 17 million iPads sold last quarter, April – June. 84 million total iPad sales.
  • iPad has 68% tablet marketshare, accounts for 91% of tablet web traffic.
  • 94% of Fortune 500 companies are using iPads.
  • App Store now contains over 700,000 apps, 250,000 iPad-specific apps.
  • The average customer uses over 100 apps.
  • Apple has sold over 400 million iOS devices to date.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch updated to support iPad Retina display

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Adobe Photoshop Touch for the iPad has finally been updated. Yes, the most ironic icon on your Retina iPad has finally lost its ugly now that it has been updated to take advantage of the current generation iPad’s Retina Display. New features include the ability to work on and maintain the quality of images up to 12 mega-pixels, support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese languages, and support for Photo Stream. The absence of Photo Stream in the past has been a hindrance to Photoshop Touch as convenient options for importing photos are limited on the iPad versus a Mac. Obviously Adobe would prefer that users utilize its Creative Cloud service over iCloud, but if Adobe is serious about diving into Apple’s current device ecosystem paradigm, it pays to support the features that the general user base depends on to keep devices working together simply.

Adobe user interfaces often feel very much like PC software running on Apple devices, and Photoshop Touch has been in the past, and continues to be very much in the same vein. One can’t help but think when using this application that in many ways, it looks like Adobe was shooting for a Metro/Google mash-up to run on iOS, which honestly seems stretched and awkward on an Apple device.

Version 1.3 includes two new effects, Shred and Colorize, along with smoother animation and scrolling in the organizer, tutorial browser, and file picker. There is also a new three-finger tap gesture which toggles the view to 100% and fit to screen. Additionally, PS Touch now boasts a new pixel nudging mode, which is intended to aid in precise movements, as touch screens are not generally renowned for easy pixel precision.

This update to Adobe Photoshop Touch is currently available in the App Store. Cleansing your screen of that non-Retina icon alone is worth hitting the update button this time around. Have you found any worthwhile uses for Photoshop Touch? Have you created a masterpiece or designed something you are proud of with it? Let us know. We’d love to see it!

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