Combine Every Display From Every iPhone Ever Sold And You’ll Get This Brilliant Masterpiece!
Ever imagined what would be the result of combining every display from every iPhone ever sold? Not exactly the latest scoop on the next hardware release to come out of Cupertino, but it’s still pretty interesting to know that one single combined iPhone made out of the displays of every iPhone ever sold since the original launch in 2007 would stand over 5,000 feet tall. Sounds epic doesn’t it? Read for more!
The guys on the Internet obviously have a little too much time on their hands, which, in this instance, has resulted in the imagining of a single super monolithic iPhone that stands extremely tall and proud in the center of Manhattan. The fictitious device would stand approximately 5,059 feet tall and would definitely fall into its own device classification type with a horizontal dimension of 2,846 feet. If such a device were ever to exist then it would have a surface area of a mind blowing 2.07 billion square inches. And you thought the Galaxy Mega was huge, right?
It may seem like a rather mundane calculation to undertake without much risk of actually coming to any beneficial or tangible conclusion, but it actually throws up some interesting facts about the iPhone’s success in its six year existence. More than 352 million iPhones have been sold since 2007, with 217,073,000 of those devices being pre-iPhone 5 models. To put the sheer size of this fictional monophone into context then it’s worth pointing out that New York’s Central Park is 2,640 feet wide making it no match for the super iPhone.
It sounds like a relatively simple(ish) task; take the total screen area of an iPhone and then multiply it by the number of devices sold to get an overall physical size of this creation. However, with the iPhone 5 having a larger 4-inch display compared to earlier models, it does make the calculations involved a little trickier.
With this year’s WWDC fast approaching, it’s being widely speculated that Apple will forego the opportunity to revert to a more traditional iPhone announcement schedule and keep the next-generation device under wraps until later this year. Still, it’ll be extremely interesting to see how many seventh-generation iPhones the company will sell to add to this Manhattan based technological giant.
The last great bastion of skeuomorphic design, Apple Inc., is rumored to be completely revamping its mobile OS, ahead of a relaunch at the Apple WDDC on June 10th. Speculation is that the next version of iOS, which powers Apple’s mobile devices, will both adopt a predominantly monotone look and abandon the textures associated with it for the last six years.
Whilst there are plenty of designers who still advocate skeuomorphic design, many more are embracing flat design. Flat design proposes that faux-3D effects, drop shadows, and anything else that imitates real-world objects in a screen-based environment is essentially deceitful. Proponents of flat design believe that simplifying, minifying and ‘flattening’ designs produces user interfaces that are easier to understand, easier to use and more suitable for the contemporary landscape.
The legions of web designers adopting flat design increased ten-fold when it was realised how simple flat design makes responsive design; a flat responsive design can produced in a fraction of the time of a skeuomorphic version. Increasingly it seems that the era of the mobile web is becoming synonymous with flat design.
Apple have a reputation for innovation: the mouse is one of theirs, as is the folder > file graphic interface. However, in recent years Apple have taken a back seat in innovative areas, preferring to adopt technology once it had proven valuable. In fact, you could argue that the most innovative thing Apple have produced since the first iMac has been their corporate branding: iPods were not the first MP3 players, the iPhone was not the first smart phone; they were simply the most well rounded, well branded and commercially appealing versions.
It would be a huge coup for flat design advocates therefore, if this barometer of commercial design abandoned its flagship look in favor of flat design.
Following a larger trend for reducing the number of executives and expanding the remit of those at the top, iOS7 is receiving its overhaul curtesy of Jonathan Ive — Apple’s Vice President of Industrial Design, who is responsible for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch hardware. Ive is reported to hold a certain distain for skeomorphism — preferred by both Steve Jobs and former iOS chief Scott Forstall — stating that software design based on physical metaphors does not stand the test of time.
Oft-repeated rumors currently circulating include a change to the current glossy lock screen, making it flat and black; a change to the pin-code entry, with the addition of round buttons; app icons losing their gloss; and alerts losing their texture to become white on black.
Counter rumors suggest that this is simply a clever marketing exercise by Apple to raise interest in iOS7, and like the hardware designed by Ive, any actual changes will be slow and incremental.
Will Apple switch to flat design for iOS7? Will a similar change to MacOS follow soon after? How will a non-skeuomorphic approach maintain a consistent iOS feel? As you might expect, designers have been publishing their ideas for some time, and we’ve included our favourites below.
WordPress is 10 years old today: Here’s how it’s changed the Web
WordPress, the blogging and content management system, is 10-years old today. The platform has evolved in the past decade from being a basic blogging service to something that has helped people and brands become more social and changed how we communicate on the Web.
Samsung ranks first for smartphones sales in Q1 2013, but Apple leads on profit: Strategy Analytics
Samsung was the world’s number one smartphone seller for the first quarter of this year in terms of revenue, overtaking Apple, data fromStrategy Analytics show.
According to a report from Yonhap News, sales of Samsung’s smartphones topped $23.63 billion during the first three months of 2013, toppling the iPhone maker which had occupied the top spot in the previous quarter.
Apple posted $22.95 billion worth of smartphone sales in the first quarter, down $7.71 billion from the previous quarter. Comparatively, Samsung’s first-quarter sales figure was up $952 million from the previous quarter.
Data released by Strategy Analytics yesterday saw Samsung chalk up a record figure of 12.5 million smartphones being sold in China during the first quarter of 2013.
The latest Yonhap report said solid demand for Samsung’s high-end smartphones that run on the long-term evolution network helped to boost its sales.
Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 passed 10 million channel sales within a month of its launch, becoming the company’s fastest-ever selling smartphone. The Galaxy S3 took two months to reach the same milestone.
In the latest Strategy Analytics data, Nokia came in third with sales of $3.64 billion, followed by LG Electronics with $2.95 billion in sales.
Apple, however, ranked first in terms of operating income earned by handset makers globally in the first quarter, taking a 31 percent share. Samsung came in second with a 21.8 percent share, LG third with 4.1 percent, followed by Sharp with 3 percent, the report showed.
Samsung posted operating profit of $$7.9 billion and net profit of $6.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013, while Apple recorded $9.5 billion in profit for the second fiscal quarter of 2013.
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