Free iOS 8 Vector UI kit

iOS 8 Vector UI Kit
Apple’s UI changes from iOS 7 to iOS 8 are subtle, yet incredibly extensive. Spacing, positioning, and font sizes and weights were liberally tweaked and adjusted. Almost every icon was redrawn as well. Mercury has released their fully vectorized iOS 8 UI kit, absolutely free, and it’s definitely worth downloading.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Jim Dalrymple’s initial thoughts

iPhone 6
The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, famous for his ‘yep’ or ‘nope’ posts when commenting on the validity of an Apple rumor, has posted his initial thoughts on using the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for the last week. This is not a full review, but rather a first impression of using each device.

I liked his angle on this post. We all know what the iPhone is, and what it can do. There’s really no reason to post all manner of techno-babble like everyone else.

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Apple updates iCloud Drive pricing/storage options

iCloud Drive pricing
Apple has updated the storage options and pricing for their iCloud Drive service. It’s a lot more reasonable now, though still not competitive in the market on pricing alone. Fortunately, iCloud Drive will have the benefit of working seamlessly with all your Apple devices. No other vendor will be able to offer the accessibility that Apple will with iCloud, and that (in my mind) justifies a little more in cost.

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Watch: Initial thoughts

Apple Watch

Watch is finally here! We can finally put the rumors and speculation behind us, and start reading article after article from the usual suspects about how great it is, what a huge failure it is, and how Samsung had the smart watch first. Good grief.

As I watched the keynote video, my initial thought was that it was ugly. But then they showed the various bands that will be available, and the smaller size watch that will also be available. I found at least three that fit my personal style. I think this will be key to the Watch’s success. My only concern with regard to the bands are with the ones that use magnetic closure. How strong are those magnets? Will they hold tight with vigorous exercise? Time will tell.

The next question I had about bands is “will I be able to buy different bands?” I suspect Apple won’t sell bands separately, but I’m betting 3rd party vendors will make bands that fit the Watch almost immediately. And I predict it will be a huge market.

Some initial questions immediately came up on Twitter and Facebook as the keynote went on. In reading follow-up articles yesterday, at least some of those questions were apparently answered by Apple reps in the demo hall. Here are just a few: (more…)

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Apple Campus 2 construction video

Some great video of the current construction progress at the Apple Campus 2 site. Apple certainly isn’t wasting any time here. The size of this thing is just amazing. The “raised” circular area will be the courtyard in the middle of the building and will actually be the ground level. The area around it will eventually be sub-ground level floors and parking.

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Magic Hub: The coolest USB hub I’ve come across

Magic Hub
The Magic Hub is a fully powered USB hub for the Apple iMac or Cinema Display, but it’s missing one significant thing found on most powered hubs; a power cable. That’s because it mounts to the back of your iMac/Cinema Display and uses the built-in power port. It adds four USB 3.0 ports and can charge your devices even when the iMac or display is turned off.

You can pre-order the Magic Hub for $49.90 now, with shipping set to begin on October 1st.

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