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Following Tuesday's event, Apple Design Chief Jony Ive did an interview with The Independent, where he shared some thoughts on Apple's new product lineup and what makes a device "appear magical."

Ive explained that the design of the iPad Pro is "so singular and integrated" that it stands out from "99 percent of other complex technology products."

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Specifically, Ive pointed out the display of the device, which uses a subpixel anti-aliasing technique to produce rounded corners that flow into the sides of the screen smoothly and without distortion.

Ive said he finds traditional displays with square corners "disappointing" because it turns the display into a distinct component when assembled into a design without square corners.
If you look at the iPad Pro, though, you can see how the radius, the curve in the corner of the display, is concentric with and sympathetic to the actual enclosure. You feel it's authentic, and you have the sense that it's not an assembly of a whole bag of different components: it's a single, clear product.
Ive said that one of Apple's goals with the iPad was to create a sense that the product is not oriented in a specific way. The new iPad Pro, says Ive, doesn't have an orientation because there's no Home button, speakers are all around the device, and Face ID works in landscape and portrait modes.

The simple flat edge of the iPad Pro is also an achievement, something Apple was able to implement when the engineering teams were able to pare down the thickness of the iPad Pro. Ive says Apple couldn't have attempted a straightforward edge detail like that when the products weren't as thin.

These seemingly simple changes are "the most difficult thing to do." Ive said Apple is most proud of the things that should be there but aren't. "It's an odd thing when you're most proud of those things which aren't there.

As for the second-generation Apple Pencil, the way that it snaps onto the side of the iPad Pro is an example of "a magical feeling." The new Apple Pencil connects to magnets built into the iPad Pro's enclosure, and when connected, it both pairs and charges.

Ive says that designing products like the Apple Pencil that introduce features no one knew they wanted until they debuted is a "fundamental part" of his job. He doesn't work with articulated problems and he says it's rare that new Apple designs come in response to a known problem.

Ive said when changing a well-known and loved product like the iPad, there's a need to not "fall into the trap of just making things different." It's important when changing things not to "make it different, but make it better."
"If you are making changes that are in the service of making something better, then you don't need to convince people to fall in love with it again. Our sense of habit and familiarity with something is so developed, there is always that initial reaction that is more of a comment on something being different rather than necessarily better or worse. In my experience, if we try very hard to make material improvements, people quickly recognise those and make the sort of connection they had before with the product."
Ive's full interview, which goes into more depth about the design decisions made for the iPad Pro, can be read over at The Independent.

Article Link: Apple Design Chief Jony Ive Talks iPad Pro Design in New Interview
 

mi7chy

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Here are some suggestions. A centered telescoping zoom camera that can double duty as an adjustable stand. And, might as well fully copy the magnetic Surface pen with replaceable battery that lasts for months since the common complaint with Apple pencil is the battery is usually dead when you need to use it. Otherwise, it's a nice design but hobbled by iOS.
 
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"Ive said when changing a well-known and loved product like the iPad, there's a need to not "fall into the trap of just making things different." It's important when changing things not to "make it different, but make it better."

So, this includes removing the 3.5 mm audio jack? You people have lost it...
 

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If you look at the iPad Pro, though, you can see how the radius, the curve in the corner of the display, is concentric with and sympathetic to the actual enclosure. You feel it's authentic, and you have the sense that it's not an assembly of a whole bag of different components: it's a single, clear product.

If you look at the picture of the iPad on this story, the curve in the corner of the display is a little too sharp to look "concentric with and sympathetic to" the actual enclosure. I don't mean in any way to take away from the new iPad which is a fine looking machine and nothing really to complain about (besides price). I only say this to point out that the bull crap spewing from Sir Jony these days is so copious, you can smell it from across the pond.

And anyway, who talks like that. Every time he opens his mouth, i feel ashamed to let people see I'm using Apple products.
 

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"Ive says that designing products like the Apple Pencil that introduce features no one knew they wanted until they debuted is a "fundamental part" of his job."

Uhhh - people wanted a stylus against Steve Job's wishes. We also wanted a place to put it. And I actually use a magnetic sleeve on my Pencil 1 to snap it to the side of the iPad. And we wanted a side button because it's insane to have a pencil with no eraser. Wouldn't any user want these things? What I don't care as much about is the styling.
 

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Sir Jony's hardest job must be narrating Apple product videos knowing the roadmap of products yet to come. Apple Pencil gen1 video comes to mind. Because gen2 blows it out of the water.
 
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Ive said that one of Apple's goals with the iPad was to create a sense that the product is not oriented in a specific way. The new iPad Pro, says Ive, doesn't have an orientation because there's no Home button, speakers are all around the device, and Face ID works in landscape and portrait modes.

Let's see if some of the games for iPad can be played now with the USB-C port on top (while charging of course).
 

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Jony Ive's superpower is hyperbole.

I'm not going to comment on his skill as a designer

but whenever he speaks, holy crap. it's excessive hyperbolic buzzwords out the wazzooo. trying to break down and understand what he says is a nightmare as most of it generally just sounds like "I do good stuff" in fancy wording.

there's so much... fluff when he talks that it distracts from getting any real detail out of him. He's either a master at it, or maybe he's just one of those type whose not great at speaking his mind.

this quote:
If you look at the iPad Pro, though, you can see how the radius, the curve in the corner of the display, is concentric with and sympathetic to the actual enclosure. You feel it's authentic, and you have the sense that it's not an assembly of a whole bag of different components: it's a single, clear product.

Literally means nothing. there's no meaning here. it's roughly translated to "We like the look of rounded corners"

"is concentric Sympathetic to the actual encloser = We rounded the screen to match the case
"You feel it's authentic"... literally means "we think it looks good"
"it's a single clear product" ... means absolutely nothing.
 

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I think this guy is quite the gifted designer. It will be a sad day for Apple when he goes elsewhere. Not to mention, he’s a great narrator.
We all agree, but the question is until which moment.
Joni’s second/third/fourth/fifth coming (coïnciding with any rectangular shape becoming rounded, or round becoming rectuangular - or simultaneously) got from annoying to unacceptable/heartbreaking. He became his own worst parody
 
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Ive says that designing products like the Apple Pencil that introduce features no one knew they wanted until they debuted is a "fundamental part" of his job.
That shows how arrogant Apple has become. No one knew they want that feature? The old pencil has been rediculed ever since it was out on the market and, if I remember it correctly, some poster in Macrumors has suggested the idea of side mag-attachment before, probably last year.
 

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That shows how arrogant Apple has become. No one knew they want that feature? The old pencil has been rediculed ever since it was out on the market and, if I remember it correctly, some poster in Macrumors has suggested the idea of side mag-attachment before, probably last year.

I'm going to claim responsibility for that :p I know i've said it since they released the pencil on day 1 (probably can find it in my history if you can bear to cringe through it)

it's tradition :p. after major product announcements, the execs all go around and do their usual media shpeils. Johnny goes around mking claims like this. Its not that he's disconnected. it's that it's an intentional media blitz in order to convince consumers about the "magicalness" of their products and to sew seeds about how they invent/innovate better than anyone else.

its' nothing more than Marketing.
 
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