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The MacRumors Show: Product Designer Marcus Kane Envisions What Apple's AR/VR Headset Could Look Like

Friday April 7, 2023 9:34 am PDT by
On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the design of Apple's upcoming mixed-reality headset with professional product designer Marcus Kane. Marcus is an industrial designer and UX consultant who uses virtual and augmented reality headsets on a daily basis to support his workflow. He recently created detailed concept renders of what he expects Apple's mixed-reality headset...
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'iPhone Ultra' Concept Envisions Apple's Rumored Future Top-Tier Smartphone

Tuesday February 7, 2023 4:38 am PST by
Apple has reportedly considered releasing a new top-of-the-line iPhone alongside future Pro and Pro Max models, tentatively referred to as "iPhone Ultra," and one designer has taken it upon himself to envision what such a device could potentially look like. German industrial designer Jonas Daehnert came up with this impressive-looking concept (pictured) by marrying design elements of the...
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Classic Macintosh Re-Imagined in Modern Fan-Made Ad

Monday June 21, 2021 8:22 am PDT by
A Macintosh 128K fan has created a fun video that re-imagines the original Mac from 1984 in a modern-style advert. The project comes from motion designer Thibaut Crepelle, who outlined the creative process behind the video in a Behance post. I wanted to pursue my idea of creating modern motion design stuff for vintage products. For this piece, since everything is a learning experiment,...

Concept Imagines Augmented Reality Apple Card That Shows Balance Info

Tuesday April 14, 2020 1:43 pm PDT by
Apple has been working on augmented reality features for its iPhones and iPads for some time now, and while there are some AR capabilities built into various apps, Apple could do a lot more to take advantage of the AR features in its devices. A new concept imagined by Volodymyr Kurbatov and shared on YouTube (via Cult of Mac) features augmented reality functionality added to the Apple Card. ...
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iOS 13 Concept Envisions Dark Mode, New Volume Indicator, iPad as Extended Display for Mac, and More

Friday May 24, 2019 9:35 am PDT by
Just days ahead of WWDC 2019, freelance graphic designer Álvaro Pabesio has shared a new iOS 13 concept that envisions many features and changes rumored for the software update, including a long-awaited Dark Mode, a less obtrusive volume indicator, and the iPad serving as an extended display for the Mac. Dark Mode can be toggled in Control Center and is applied systemwide for a darker...
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iOS Concept Reimagines Siri With Non-Intrusive UI, Contextual Awareness, and More

Friday August 3, 2018 6:43 am PDT by
Kévin Eugène, a web developer and UI/UX designer, this week shared a new iOS concept that he calls "iOS Mogi," with the aim of improving the look and functionality of Apple's AI assistant Siri (via Reddit). As Eugène explains in his Medium post on iOS Mogi, his goal was "not to create new commands" or completely re-build Siri, but to display the voice assistant "in a different way" that is "more ...
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iOS 12 Concept Augments the World With New 'Siri Sight' Mode

Monday May 28, 2018 12:19 pm PDT by
Just one week before Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, where the company is expected to introduce iOS 12, several graphic designers have created their own fanatical concepts. The latest comes from Michael Calcada, a fourth-year design student at York University and Sheridan College in the Toronto, Canada area. Calcada's concept envisions several...

Concept Imagines What Rumored Apple Over-Ear Headphones Might Look Like

Friday April 6, 2018 11:23 am PDT by
To go along with the AirPods and the HomePod, Apple is rumored to be working on a set of high-end over-ear headphones that, like its other two products, will be Apple branded rather than Beats branded. The rumor originated in a February report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple's plans. Kuo says Apple is planning to launch high-end over-ear headphones ...

Concept Imagines Gold 'iPhone X Plus' Based on 2018 iPhone Rumors

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:55 am PST by
Apple is working on three iPhones for 2018: one that's an upgraded version of the current iPhone X, one that's essentially an "iPhone X Plus" with a 6.5-inch OLED display, and one that's lower cost with with a 6.1-inch LCD screen. The most recent 2018 iPhone rumors have suggested that the two OLED devices could be offered in a new gold color, with Apple returning to its traditional gold,...

iOS 11 Concept Imagines Overhauled iPad Interface With Drag-and-Drop Functionality

Friday May 19, 2017 12:59 pm PDT by
Apple is planning to unveil its next-generation operating system for iOS devices, iOS 11, in less than a month. Despite the imminent debut date of the new OS, we've heard very little about what we should expect to see in the update. Based on the fact that iOS 10 offered very few features for the iPad, Federico Vittici of MacStories, who uses an iPad for much of his daily work, has imagined an...

iPhone 8 Concepts and Mockups - Part 2

Tuesday March 14, 2017 11:59 am PDT by
With the iPhone 8 set to receive a major redesign that is rumored to add an edge-to-edge display, eliminate the home button, and introduce some sort of touch bar-style feature, it's no surprise that we're seeing dozens of concept images and mockups imagining what such a device might look like. Back in February, we rounded up some of the best iPhone concepts, but designers and artists have been ...
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Fully Functional 'Apple Mirror' Augments Your Reflection With iOS Apps

Thursday November 24, 2016 1:17 am PST by
A web developer and graphic designer has created a fully functioning touchscreen "Apple Mirror", offering a reflective look into an imagined future where Cupertino builds smart screens for the home. New York-based Rafael Dymek created the mirror as a personal project, aping elements of iOS 10 to augment the interface, which appears to run off the back of a modified desktop touchscreen OS. ...

Dark Space Gray iPhone 7 Conceptualized in New Renderings

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:06 pm PDT by
Following rumors suggesting Apple's iPhone 7 will be available in a much darker Space Gray color that's close to, but not quite black, designer Martin Hajek has created renderings exploring what such a device might look like. Using the iPhone 7 design rumors pointing towards a larger camera, no headphone jack, and relocated antenna bands, Hajek has created an iPhone 7 rendering in a deep shade ...
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iOS 10 Concept Simplifies Lock Screen With Collapsed Notifications

Thursday June 16, 2016 9:35 am PDT by
Apple previewed iOS 10 earlier this week with new rich notifications that enable iPhone users to view photos and videos, listen to audio, or respond to messages directly within notification bubbles. If you receive an iMessage, for example, you will be able to reply to the conversation without leaving the Lock screen. Apple has also provided developers with the ability to update existing...
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Concept Imagines What a 'Deep Blue' or 'Dark Blue' iPhone 7 Could Look Like

Monday June 13, 2016 1:16 am PDT by
Following rumors that Apple is prepping a "Deep Blue" or "Dark Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such handsets might look like. Hajek's renderings reflect myriad rumors pointing towards only minor changes for the 2016 iPhone. When it comes to size and thickness, the ...

Concept Imagines What a Dynamic OLED Touch Panel Could Look Like on a MacBook Pro

Thursday June 9, 2016 4:17 pm PDT by
Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel that replaces the function keys, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like. Hajek's design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the ...

iOS 10 Concept Features Dark Mode, Split Screen for iPhone

Monday June 6, 2016 4:47 pm PDT by
There's been some speculation that the dark theme of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference website and WWDC app are hinting at a potential dark mode set to be released as part of iOS 10, and a new set of concept images from iHelpBR imagines what a dark mode setting could look like on iOS devices. A system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker...

iOS 10 Concept Imagines Customizable Control Center, Siri API, Dark Mode and More

Wednesday April 20, 2016 9:43 am PDT by
Federico Vittici of MacStories has teamed up with Sam Beckett to create an iOS 10 concept video covering "wishlist" features Vittici hopes to see in the next version of iOS. Most concept videos we see are fanciful and filled with features unlikely to make it into iOS, but Vittici's vision of the future of iOS is logical and well thought out. Major features covered in the video include a...

iOS 10 Concept Video Integrates 3D Touch into Control Center

Sunday February 28, 2016 3:34 pm PST by
If Apple follows its usual upgrade cycle, iOS 10 should be announced at WWDC this summer with a public release in the fall. In anticipation of the release, our forum members have been discussing iOS 10 wishlist features since October. One common request has been a more customizable control center. Visual designer and animator Sam Beckett has incorporated his views on what a more advanced...

Designers Imagine Fanciful Concepts for What an Apple Car Might Look Like

Tuesday April 7, 2015 10:47 am PDT by
Job site recently hosted a contest that called on designers to imagine what the rumored Apple Car might look like. We don't have any details on the car that Apple is said to be developing, so the designs submitted to the contest have no basis in reality. That said, it's a fun look at how different designers took Apple design aesthetics and applied them to imaginative,...