Scott Forstall on skeuomorphism: infused in Apple's design sense by Steve Jobs since the original Mac

Scott Forstall answers about skeuomorphic design at the 2:04:11 mark.
Scott Forstall was clearly an important and controversial figure at Apple. Head of iOS software, he had a close relationship with Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, but not long after Jobs’ passing, Forstall left the company amidst the disappointing launch of Apple Maps.
We have not heard an official explanation about the reasons behind him leaving Apple, but chances are that he was forced to leave as he had disagreements with Tim Cook and refused to sign an apology …


The Bluboo S1 brings an all-screen design and powerful specs at an affordable price

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Google Pixel 2 rumor round-up: Design, specs, and all we know thus far

Despite the availability issues, it’s pretty safe to consider the Google Pixel and Pixel XL as two of the better top-end phones launched last year. Their most profound feature was the camera, which really set a high bar for all other flagships to jump over.
Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that after the good start, Google will be willing to use the gained momentum and one-up itself and the competition in 2017 with the second generation of Pixel devices. Right now, we are not exactly sure if we will get treated to 2 or 3 new handsets as we’re hearing …

Apple iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, iPhone 8 rumor round-up: design, specs, features, price, release date

In 2017, we are expecting Apple to announce its next batch of iPhones. If logic is anything to go by, and it usually is, these will most probably be the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. Even if that’s not what Apple ends up calling these, it’s certain that the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhones are going to get succeeded by excellent devices.  
We should not forget that 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone lineup and Apple’s been wildly rumored to have something quite exciting in the pipeline. 
What is that exciting …

What's new in Control Center in iOS 11: design, functionality, customization

With its launch in 2013, iOS 7 brought more than just a radical visual redesign to Apple’s mobile platform. It also added tons of functional, practical tweaks to iOS, Control Center being a prime example of that. With a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen, it provided iPhone and iPad users with easy access to various settings and controls from any screen.
Fast-forward to 2017, and iOS 11 is now introducing the biggest Control Center overhaul we’ve seen yet. We’re now about to walk you through it, but before we proceed, a disclaimer is due. …

Report: Android UI design issues could secretly open up your phone to malicious attacks

Being the most popular smartphone OS worldwide, it is no surprise that Android is provoking great interest among hackers. That is why Google is constantly striving to improve the security of Android-based smartphones by monthly software updates that cure known bugs and security holes. But it is not always just the errors in the code to blame for vulnerabilities – it appears that some deliberate features of the Android user interface can also put mobile devices at risk.

A small team of security experts have recently exposed “design issues” in the Android UI, which, according to them, could …

Early LG V30 design shown off in leaked images

Following the LG V10 of 2015, and the LG V20 of 2016, LG is expected to release a V30 smartphone sometime later this year. While both the V10 and V20 feature secondary ticker displays in addition to their main screens, the upcoming V30 might differ slightly in this regard.

According to two leaked images that reportedly show “old-ish mockups of Project Joan, a.k.a. the LG V30”, LG seems to have envisioned the new handset as a slider phone. More exactly, the device would sport two independent touchscreen displays, with the lower (and smaller) one sliding out to reveal a larger area for interacting …

Latest Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) leak reveals interesting design and color variations

Samsung has been producing some really appealing mid-range phones as of late, with the company’s 2017 A-series handsets providing excellent value for their price. 
If the recent specs leak is anything to go by, the upcoming Galaxy J7 (2017) is shaping up to become another worthy member of this excellent budget-friendly lineup, and the latest render reveals that hardware improvements won’t be the only selling point of the device. 
Reliable tipster Roland Quandt took to Twitter to share a hot new render image of the smartphone …

Samsung's new Battery Pack Kettle design is a cool new take on the external battery

Samsung has a brand new battery pack it calls ‘Kettle Design’ that looks unlike any other external battery and brings a neat additional functionality: it doubles as a kickstand for your phone.
The Kettle Design is a 5,100 mAh battery pack that also features a neat wrist strap and comes with 1 USB type A port and 1 microUSB port for charging the battery pack itself. The port for charging your devices outputs 9 watts of power (5 volts at 1.8 amps), so this is charging quicker than your regular standards, but not as fast as the latest quick charging …

Patent might be giving us a sneak peek at LG V30's design: secondary display with a twist

Note: The image on the left is our interpretation of the patent image.

Two days ago, during Google’s I/O 2017 keynote, it was announced that the Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG’s next flagship phone will eventually support Daydream later this year. 

This was news in more than one way: firstly, it single-handedly confirmed that an LG V30 is on the way, and secondly, it heavily hinted that this one will be donning an OLED display, which is one of the hardware requirements for Daydream support. 
And it seems that right after this high-level confirmation, …