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The Apple-ness of the Macintosh

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 30, 2014

On Daring Fireball, John Gruber reflects on the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh by noting what seems particularly Apple-like about the Mac.

The second aspect of the original Mac that stands out today as Apple-like is putting just enough whimsy into the experience. Most famously, the smiling Mac you saw as the system booted. Had anyone prior even considered a smiling computer? But fundamental to the genius of the smiling Mac is that it didn’t come across as silly or corny. Friendly and fun: yes. Goofy: no. Getting that right required that most Apple-y of talents: taste.

And he’s spot on in that second footnote about the lack of whimsy in iOS 7. There’s nothing funny about those Settings and Safari icons.

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Beginner’s guide to developing iOS apps

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 29, 2012

Very much trying not to read the entirety of this beginner’s guide to developing iOS apps published by Apple because then I’ll be tempted to actually make one.