apple’s next iphone will use modems from intel, replacing qualcomm chips in some versions of the new handset, a move by the world’s most-valuable public company to diversify its supplier base. no mention of performance. via adage [RK]
apple says itunes movies, book services closed down in china. a report says china’s media regulator shut them down. via adage
above> looking east towards lake michigan, orleans street bridge in foreground
last january 2014, mayor rahm emanuel gave notice that he envisions big plans for the chicago river. the news included continued development on the chicago river walk project and evening lighting concepts along the walk and the bridges.
below > rendering of mayor rahm emanuel’s proposed city lights competition in chicago | looking west, dearborn street bridge in foreground | city of chicago
below> june 2015, two new sections of the riverwalk opened to the public: the river theater between clark and lasalle streets | loop spy jennifer
october 2015, emanuel unveiled plans (the jetty) for the final six blocks of development along the chicago river’s main branch, from state street to lake street. this project, developed for the chicago department of transportation by sasaki in collaboration with ross barney architects and benesch engineers.
below > rendering of the jetty between wells and orleans streets | city of chicago
above> new apple flagship in the works on michigan avenue | renderings courtesy of chicago department of planning and development
november and december 2015 several big names feel drawn to the river – were they following river development the past 23 months? in november, apple announced a new flagship store, a glass pavilion with a michigan avenue street-level steps that spill down to the chicago river’s riverwalk. the architect for this project is london-based foster + partners. [ details ]
above> nike turned a barge on the chicago river into a floating gym
december 2015, nike, nearing the culmination of its month-long #GetOutHere social media campaign urging followers to exercise outdoors during the winter, turned a barge on the chicago river into a floating gym. it’s important to keep in mind, this is a first, a major brand, heck any brand, using a barge ON the river, if only for a week, for the purpose of promoting their business.
worth mentioning, nike started planning a single national #getouthere event more than six months ago. chicago was selected as the location for this december event, per jim beeman, a nike vice president. “we always hold that chicago has some of the hardiest athletes in the world when it comes to battling the elements,” he said.
sadly, a very smart man, robert boudreau didn’t take into account that docking up on the river requires the usual red tape one might imagine. going back to september 2015, when the chicago architecture biennial was launching, boudreau, in 1974, wanting to build a 200 foot floating ‘outdoor concert hall’, was smart enough to hire esteemed philadelphia architect louis kahn to design it. he also was smart enough to ask the city of chicago if he could host concerts on the river walk in front of the steps of the river theatre during the opening week of the biennial. he asked the city just several days notice. a real shame it didn’t happen. [ details ]
anyway, floating a pop-up on the river is a no-brainer. please allow for the red tape.
below> point counterpoint ii | louis kahn
steven jobs made a big point that apple products don’t need a stylus, just use your fingers. most recently apple’s new leadership has announced the new apple pencil i.e., a stylus. the pencil is expensive, $99, compared to others and only works on the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. The less expensive styluses are designed for smaller screens while the large-screened Pro, if you wish make the best of high-powered painting and design apps, needs this pencil. a precision tool with zero latency.
[ features ]
> you can open apps, navigate and scroll
> you can delete apps and open links with long presses
> you can type on the iOS 9 virtual keyboard for urls, passwords and searches as well as long narratives
> you can invoke Spotlight search by dragging down
> you can scroll to the left to access siri
> you can use 3rd party swipe keyboards
> you can write even with your other hand on the screen, i.e., palm rejection
> you can charge directly via Lightning into your Pro or to a regular lightning cable
> you can trace through a piece of paper
> you can’t work on an older iPad or iPhone
> you can’t use the pencil and multi-finger gesturing together, it’s one or the other
> you can’t gesture with the pencil, swiping with from the top or bottom of the screen does nothing
> you can’t multi-task, like invoking slide over or split view or pushing these features of the screen with the pencil
> you can’t resize apps in split view
> you can’t use the opposite end of the pencil as an eraser, erase software does that
the apple pencil is as accurate as a pen on paper. [ apple ]
click on image to engage lightbox | 6 images | renderings courtesy of chicago department of planning and development
rumored in august that apple was going to erect a new flagship store on pioneer court near the michigan avenue bridge is now a reality. the owner of the property will present the following proposal to the chicago plan commission thursday.
the proposal calls for on the 401 north michigan plaza, a 14 foot high glass pavilion with a thin wright prairie style looking roof. street-level steps are to spill down to the chicago river’s riverwalk. the pavilion concept matches apple’s glass cube entrance in front of the general motors building on fifth avenue, new york city.
though the nyc cube, as well as the original flagship store on michigan avenue, and recent lincoln park store, were all designed by incumbent apple architecture firm bohlin cywinski jackson, the architect for this project is london-based foster + partners. f+p also designed the space-station-like apple headquarters in cupertino, california, which is currently under construction.
the existing michigan avenue flagship, built in 2003, seems to always have people wrapped around the building waiting in line to get in. pioneer court has also proven to be a popular venue, remember marilyn monroe several years ago? not sure this location will add to the store’s success, but the glass kiosk style entrance concept mirrors the design-centric mentality of apple. the new store will sit below street level and occupy 20,000-square-feet. construction to start next year.
marilyn monroe on pioneer court 2011
apple targets electric-car 2019 shipping date. apple has recently hired a number of engineers with backgrounds in automotive and battery design. via wsj [RK]
dow plucks apple and drops at&t. index bets on brand, innovation and future. via chicago tribune [RK]
chicago designer scott wilson makes a case for the apple watch. literally. apple looks set to launch the apple watch on 9 march and wilson will be ready to return to kickstarter to help fund a new case design for the watch. many remember his launch of tiktok + lunatik on kickstarter in 2010: 13,512 backers, pledged goal $15,000, funding $942,578.
left> anticipated apple watch with white sport band.
wilson has a prototype ready above>below and he said when the watch is made available he’s gong to buy one.
the apple watch is expected to offer three styles: watch, sport and edition and wilson believes owners will be looking to use the watch in extreme conditions. it will be interesting to see what his kickstarter pledged goal will be this time around.
your iphone has a secret undo button. just shake your phone like you’re furious. via business insider [VK]