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Apple design chief Jonathan Ive grabs knighthood

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive grabs knighthood

Apple's Jonathan Ive is already royalty in the design world, the genius behind the iPod and iPhone aesthetics, but now he's been recognized for a second time by UK royalty. Ive has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) in the New Year Honors list, the BBC reports, and as a British citizen can now call himself Sir Jonathan.

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The Future of Retail: Apple’s Grand Central Station Store

The Future of Retail: Apple’s Grand Central Station Store

Earlier this month, Apple opened a new store inside New York City’s Grand Central Station. This is not Apple’s only store in Manhattan and does not make a dramatic architectural statement like its Cube on Fifth Avenue. Much of its retail model has been seen before in other Apple stores. Yet when I visited it just before it opened it felt radically different than any other retail environment – even different from other Apple stores – and serves as an object lesson for how to sell and support digital products at retail in an increasingly online world. Even if you dislike Apple’s products (or just some of its more enthusiastic fans), if you’re in Manhattan, Apple’s store is worth a visit. Apple claims that it sells more per square foot than any other major retailer in the world, and while some of that is due to products that sell well on their own, Apple’s retail store processes, compensation structure, and architecture all play roles worth investigating.

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Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to select users

Apple seeds iOS 5.0.1 early to select users

Apple is seeding the iOS 5.0.1 update early to select users through the AppleSeed program. Two beta versions of the update have already been released to developers and now the company is sending out an email to certain customers based on referrals from AppleCare, inviting them to participate in a pre-release update program.

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Apple to celebrate Steve Jobs’ life on October 19

Apple to celebrate Steve Jobs’ life on October 19

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly sent out an email to employees to inform them of a planned celebration of Steve Jobs' life on Wednesday, October 19. The internal memorial ceremony will be held in the outdoor ampitheater of Apple's Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino and will start at 10am.

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Geek walks into Apple Store with broken Time Capsule, walks out with drive full of Apple documents

Geek walks into Apple Store with broken Time Capsule, walks out with drive full of Apple documents

Sometimes weird things happen at Apple. Losing one iPhone at a bar is odd enough; losing a second, the same way is downright weird. The latest snafu at Apple is firmly on the weird side as well. Apparently, a guy took his malfunctioning Time Capsule back up drive into an Apple Store. When he left with the drive and got home the owner realized he had a bit of extra content on the old supposedly broken hard drive.

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Apple “Assistant” voice control system tipped for iPhone 5

Apple “Assistant” voice control system tipped for iPhone 5

Apple's long-anticipated voice control system for the iPhone and iPad could make its debut in iOS 5 or as an iPhone 5 exclusive later this year, if a leaked screenshot confirming an "Assistant" feature in the platform's settings is anything to go by. According to that image, passed to 9 to 5 Mac by a trusted source, and the iOS 5 SDK itself, Assistant will use a combination of on-device and cloud processing to recognize natural-speech instructions - such as "Find me more music by U2" - and be able to use various data sources to present the best set of results.

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Apple Store 10th anniversary leak: Secret hardware for weekend install

Apple Store 10th anniversary leak: Secret hardware for weekend install

Talk of an Apple 10th retail anniversary event has resurfaced, with new leaks potentially pointing to a significant product launch to mark the occasion on Thursday, May 19. Apple had been tipped to be readying a birthday celebration after news of staff holiday black-outs leaked last month; now, according to BGR's "solid" source, Apple stores have apparently "already received hardware to install" with more tipped to arrive on Friday and Saturday. Installation is expected to take place overnight on Saturday, with 10-15 staff at each store on a top-secret, NDA-protected late shift.

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Apple dynamically-generated video ringtone patent spotted

Apple dynamically-generated video ringtone patent spotted

A new Apple patent application could lead to a new video ringtone system that could dynamically create caller ID clips and animations when your iPhone rings. The application, Dynamically Generated Ring Tones, describes an iPhone automatically cutting together different video clips associated with a particular caller, synching them to a separate audio track and creating, in effect, a unique video montage themed around the incoming call.

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