Posts Tagged as: apple

October 22, 2014

Retina OSX on the Original Macintosh

I saw this great post about how tiny the original Macintosh screen was compared with the current (and enormous) Retina 5K iMac screen.

So I thought I’d take the opposite approach. Below are 1-to-1 pixel mockups of how Mac OSX Yosemite would have appeared on the original Macintosh’s 512×342 pixel screen.









September 11, 2014

iPhone 6 Size Comparison

Watch the whole thing.

March 6, 2014

Is that a MacBook charger on the top of the World Trade Center?

While browsing the fantastic GigaPan image in’s amazing story about the new World Trade Center, I zoomed into the junk at the top of the spire and discovered what looks like a MacBook charger! Maybe they’re using some Apple hardware to control the lights? Or maybe it’s just a similar looking cable… Can anyone confirm this?

Here are some screenshots, followed by what the actual charger looks like.






October 7, 2013

Steve Jobs and the Leadup to the iPhone

This New York Times article about Apple’s internal prep for the iPhone is a great read. One of my favorite quotes is about how Steve Jobs would belittle employees.

Very rarely did I see him become completely unglued — it happened, but mostly he just looked at you and very directly said in a very loud and stern voice, ‘You are [expletive] up my company,’ or, ‘If we fail, it will be because of you.’


August 7, 2013

Mac OSX’s Responsive Font Panel

My habit of unconsciously resizing my browser window surprised me when I accidentally resized the Fonts panel in OSX and discovered that it was “responsive.” Depending on the available width, it smartly switches between list views and dropdown menus, and removes non-crucial elements as space gets really tight.

Pretty cool.

July 10, 2013

The New iPhone and 120FPS Slow Motion Video

Apple is apparently testing a slow motion video feature for its next iPhone. This Petapixel article includes an example video of 120FPS slow motion, and it immedlately reminded me of Apple’s new “Designed by Apple in California” ads.

See for yourself.

120 FPS Demo:

Apple’s TV Ad: “Our Signature”

Slow motion video can create some beautifully sentimental moments, and it seems Apple is already utilizing it in its ads. Soon it’ll be our turn.

This also relates to the Apple strategy suggested by Marco Arment in his article, iOS7 As Defense. If true, this slow-motion feature would once again leapfrog other handset manufacturers, giving Apple another lead in the market. Judging by how few cameras can do 120FPS, I can’t imagine this is easy to achieve in a consumer device.

May 9, 2013

Pegatron and the iPhone 5s Speculation

After enlarging the logo of Apple’s manufacturing partner Pegatron, I found a hidden clue about the production of the upcoming iPhone 5s. I’m surprised nobody else found this sooner.

December 30, 2012

My Steve Jobs Email Story

As an Apple fan, one of the greatest thrills I’ve ever had was when I emailed Steve Jobs and he wrote back.

When it happened in 2010 I debated whether to talk about it online, and decided that as personal correspondence it wouldn’t be right to publish. But now, as more and more “Steve Jobs stories” bubble up to the surface more than a full year after his death, I thought it’s worth sharing as a reminder of his persona.

Here’s how it happened. Back in the summer of 2010 I was trying to take a photo with my iPhone 3Gs and the damn thing froze. It was completely frozen – not even the home button would work. Of all the years I’ve endured a sluggish iOS experience as an early adopter, this was the first time I was holding a completely frozen iPhone. This was huge, I thought. This needed to go straight to the top.

After restarting my iPhone I opened up the Mail app and fired off a friendly complaint to I’d heard that Steve Jobs used that email address, but I was skeptical about whether it was actually him. But what the hell – I was just venting.

I got a response in less than one minute:

What’s wrong?

So I wrote back with an accurate description of the bug. And when I got a reply it contained an apology, but with some classic Jobsian misdirection:

Sorry. Lots of bugs fixed in upcoming software release. Plus some cool new stuff too.

Very rarely did Steve Jobs apologize for anything. In fact, he’d only publicly apologized a handful of times. So at this point I was skeptical about whether this was Jobs, so to mark the occasion (and, a little bit, to mock the PR person I thought might have been emailing me) I wrote back that I accepted Steve Jobs’ apology and that we were still cool.

In retrospect I realize this comes across as kind of dick, so for that I owe the apology. But how often have we all regretted what we’d said (or hadn’t said) in important situations? You always think of a better line when you’re walking away.

So was it really Jobs? At the time my assumption was that emails to got filtered through some elaborate system of public relations experts, secretaries, assistants, and other Apple staffers. Maybe, I thought, a tiny portion of those vetted emails would eventually make their way into Steve’s inbox. But I assumed the majority of the Emails from Steve Jobs that were out there had been written by PR folks, or at least initially drafted by them. Why would the CEO of one of the world’s most powerful companies be responding to random customers?

But now I realize it must have been Jobs for a few reasons.

First, Steve Jobs was a control freak. Would he really allow anyone other than himself to send an email from where it could be quoted and attributed directly back to himself? Not likely.

Secondly, the fact that I got a response in less than one minute (accounting for the 3 hour NY to CA time difference) should have tipped me off that it was Jobs. There’s no way any sort of multi-person filtering/vetting system could process and reply to my email that quickly.

And lastly, I usually subscribe to Occam’s razor: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

Anyone who’s curious or still doubtful can download the raw email source here.

So that’s my Steve Jobs story. It’s not incredibly exciting or informative, but I’m proud to have had an interaction with such an important man.

And every so often just for kicks, I’ll search my email for “Steve Jobs” and find this thread. For me it’s a more personal reminder of what’s true for us all; that as long as we have these slick little pieces of technology in our pockets, Steve Jobs will never really be gone.

December 29, 2012

Windproof Umbrella Video

Even though this is a promotional video, it’s an amazing promotional video.

Sometimes the best advertisements are the ones that simply show the product being used. It’s true with many Apple ads, and it’s true here.

The umbrella featured above is the Senz Umbrella by Totes.

December 25, 2012

Comparing Canon’s 1Dc 4K Pixel Resolution

It looks like the camera pixel wars are evolving into the video front. Canon’s new 1Dc is aimed at pro photographers who want the best of both worlds; the ability to shoot video large enough to pull still frames from.

This promotional video is pretty impressive in showing off the capabilities of the new Canon 1Dc, and I like how honest they are about the tradeoffs of pulling stills from compressed video, VS shooting raw:

We know we’re not shooting RAW. We may see RAW in the next generation of DSLRs, so it does mean you do need to have things pretty spot on like exposure, white balance in-camera.

As far as promotional videos go, it’s extremely well done. But I thought I’d do a simple visual comparison of how the resolution stacks up, compared with a selection of common devices that are known for their impressive resolution.

The takeaway is that 4K does seem like an alternative to shooting stills when you want to be sure you’re capturing everything. Sacrificing about half the pixel count of a 5D Mark II is a small price to pay for making sure you get the shot. Available for a paltry $11,999 at B&H.

Tip of the hat to Canon Rumors.