Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What happened to Apple design?

Apple today announced its very own battery cases for the iPhone 6 and 6S. And where Apple design chief Jony Ive and crew may have seen a practical way to improve the devices' longevity, the rest of the world saw a terribly designed case — one that makes your smartphone look as if it's undergoing some type of painful evolution into a crappier product. The case is another misfire from the company often lauded for its revelatory design and just the latest instance in a series of confounding Apple hardware decisions.

It's not that Apple is ruining its core products — the iPhone is still as gorgeous as ever, and many Mac and iOS accessories still look and feel like premium, well-made tech. But increasingly Apple products seem to come with...

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