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10种最美丽的苹果产品(和5种最丑陋的产品)

+$Apple doesn’t have a monopoly on producing beautiful tech hardware, but surely even the most rabidly anti-Apple observer would agree that it’s been responsible for some of the most arresting, engaging, cute, beguiling and just all-round beautiful designs in history.

+$What follows, then, is my list of some of the most important among them. It was a wrench to leave out so many stunning and important designs, but since nobody’s ever heard of a list of things on the internet that wasn’t ten items long, I had to make some tough decisions.

+$Unlike Abba, though, Apple hasn’t just pumped out hit after dependable hit. Along the way we’ve seen some designs that, shall we say, history has not remembered kindly – in fact, history, if you could do us a solid and just forget about them entirely, that’d be swell – and so let’s remember, revile – and maybe even reconcile – its flops with equal fervour.

01. Apple IIc

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Apple IIc永恒的复古未来主义

在其历史早期,Apple与青蛙设计公司签约,为其硬件设计出一种设计语言;它会被称为白雪公主,并强调通风条纹,使案件看起来更小,细微的纹理和其他细节。

Apple IIc - 或者经常编写的'// c'是第一个使用它的硬件,直到今天它看起来不仅漂亮而且引人入胜且友好,特别是它的爽快,急切的小监视器栖息在它上面。虽然没有人会把它误认为是现代电脑,但IIc及其硬件时代具有永恒的复古未来主义品质,这是非常引人注目的。

02. Macintosh Classic

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原始一体机Mac的终极表现

原版Macintosh的厚实形状 - 所有厚厚的倒角和米色和棕色塑料 - 具有一定的历史吸引力,我知道许多Macheads拥有强大的SE / 30亲爱的,但对我来说,原始的所有最终表达一体机Mac是经典之作。

干净,必不可少,从各个角度全面考虑,并具有苹果早期硬件特有的趣味性和拟人化感。

+$03. Siri on the HomePod

Apple Homepod

+$Apple's HomePod feels genuinely organic and lifelike. Image credit: Apple

+$The HomePod itself might not be a design to get terribly over-excited about – it’s well-executed, for sure, and with its soft, textured exterior and diminutive size, it does feel like a product for your living room rather than an office. But can I, please, take a moment to get a little uncomfortably close to you and talk in a distressingly intense way about Siri on the HomePod.

+$Siri is Apple’s voice assistant, and it lives in iOS devices and Macs, but it also lives in the HomePod. Say “Hey, Siri; play some relaxing music” and it will oblige. But when you activate it with that “Hey, Siri”, and while it’s parsing your request, a little circle on top comes to life with a pretty, shifting pattern of pink and green and blue and white.

+$Under the top surface there’s a simple little array of 19 LEDs and a diffuser that creates this pattern, but I was careful in my choice of words when I said ‘comes to life’; it feels genuinely organic and lifelike, and does a really good job of humanising this AI tech – even if there are slight echoes of HAL 9000.

04. EMate

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奇特但令人难以置信的未来感

这款奇特的小型野兽专为Apple的MessagePad掌上电脑而设计,专门销售给教育市场,是Apple首次使用半透明塑料。它是一款非常友好且具有特色的机器,这种个性感也延伸到音频设计中。

当你点击屏幕上的项目时,你每次都没有得到相同的咔嗒声,你会得到一个愉快的'bik','bok','beek'声音。如此甜蜜。

05. IMac G4

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IMac G4 - 人体工程学的杰作

Apple目前的设计语言产生了难以置信的金属和玻璃板,但其早期的设计更加友好和平易近人。这种美丽的机器就是一个很好的例子,说明在快乐的同时,某些东西仍然看起来既聪明又专业;就像我们将原版Macintosh与它的'下巴'拟人化一样,当你将显示器向下推并向上倾斜时,这款Mac看起来就像一个可爱的小朋友。

这些天,它让我想起了小型皮克斯灯Luxo Jr。屏幕倾斜和旋转机制 - 你可以用指尖调整但完美地保持其位置 - 仍然是无与伦比的,而且自从iMac G4向人体工程学倒退后,苹果公司所生产的每台计算机都是无与伦比的。

06. PowerBook G4

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PowerBook G4可以说仍然是现代MacBook Pro的基本模板

在笔记本电脑的这些日子里,你可以近乎剃光了,一台厚度为1英寸的计算机值得称赞的想法很有趣,但是当第一台PowerBook G4出现时,它就是惊人的苗条。

更重要的是,它看起来像以前没有任何东西,屏幕周围有一个挡板,即使在今天看起来也非常纤薄,令人兴奋的是,它由钛制成 - 它赢得了绰号'TiBook'。它的光滑,理想的外壳包含一个真正强大的计算机只是增加了它的吸引力。

07. IPod

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每个人都记得他们第一次使用点击式转轮的时候!

虽然Apple的前三代标志性音乐播放器获得了向iPod推出世界的积分,但是第四代以及之后的基本设计已经沦为其本质。

点击式转盘不仅可以作为触摸板使用,而且可以作为播放控制的四点式按钮,它简直就是天才,而这款美观,简约但却改变生活的精彩设备是如何简化设计的对象课程它更强大,而不是更弱。

+$08. Airpods

Apple AirPods

+$The AirPods are one of the best-designed products in Apple’s entire history. Image credit: Apple

(图片来源:苹果)

+$There’s a line from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." And on that count, the AirPods are one of the best-designed products in Apple’s entire history. It’s not just what they look like, how that warm, chunky pebble of a case feels in your hands, or the delight in dropping the AirPods into the case and snicking it shut, but they really do feel magical.

+$They are an intensely pleasing thing to own; they seem only to be fun, and though, yes, you still have to keep them charged, and yes, there are occasional issues getting them to swap between devices, they really don’t seem to come bogged down with anything like the same level of background anxiety of other tech products. And that’s a beautiful thing.

09. IPhone 5

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由于iPhone看起来越来越不像原版,iPhone 5就是最终的

你可以选择原始的iPhone或令人惊艳的密集iPhone 4,但对我而言,iPhone 5看起来最好 - 尤其是黑色版本。我完全沉浸在iPhone 5c的鲜艳色彩中,或者Champagney金色Apple正在使用越来越多,但黑色iPhone 5的隐形造型对于特定品牌的男性美感有些打击。

+$Its almost military appearance makes it look like a prop from a film set it the near future, a feeling compounded by how light it feels when you hold it.

+$10. Apple Watch Hermès Series 4

Apple's Watch Hermès Series 4

+$Apple and Hermès created something genuinely special. Image credit: Apple

+$Apple these days is very good at colour – witness the confident choices in its silicone iPhone cases, as well as its Sport Bands for the Apple Watch – but it took iconic fashion house Hermès, working in partnership with Apple on the most recent iteration of its smart watch, to create something that I think is genuinely special. The mix of dusty navy, cream and the classic Hermès orange in this colour combination looks stunning, I think, and I dearly wish I owned one.

+$Now: 5 of the ugliest Apple products ever made...

01. Macintosh Color Classic

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Color Classic按比例歪斜

虽然Macintosh,SE / 30,经典,经典II和Performa 200都看起来平衡而且经过考虑,Color Classic--最后一款围绕9英寸屏幕构建的标志性紧凑型Mac机 - 令人憎恶。

当然,你得到一个彩色屏幕,这是一个大问题,但看看那个造型!这个比例已被彻底摧毁,病例在不自然的地方凸起,好像它注射了类固醇一样,整个效果完全刺激了眼睛。不喜欢。

02. Power Macintosh G3(多功能一体机)

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这个米色的盒子在你的教育期间几乎不会激励你

对于普通大众来说,这种怪异只限于教育市场,尽管可怜的孩子们所做的一切都是为了保证将其强加给他们,这是任何人的猜测。

这是一个传统米色盒子的可爱的混蛋爱孩子和iMac和蓝色和白色Power Mac G3的刚刚转角的俯冲造型 - 或者说它更温和,它是一个'过渡'设计 - 和造型令人难以置信的不舒服。它的绰号是“磨牙”,因为它在边缘设置牙齿似乎完全合适。

03. Performa 6400

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同时还不够,设计太多

乍一看,这个设计没有什么特别的错误,但是我看得越多,我就会越来越厌烦不必要的“设计”层,它被覆盖在它上面。你可以看到他们想要的东西 - 柔化传统塔楼设计的锋利边缘,它看起来更友好,更现代 - 但实际上它最终只是看起来像有人拿了一个完美的,诚实的木块,然后无法停止当他们开始磨掉边缘时自己。

那个看起来很傻的脚!在软盘驱动器上方看起来笨拙,顶部重的突起! (它实际上是一个备用驱动器舱,但看起来像海豚的额头凸出。)呃。

04. Apple键盘

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试着保持这个干净......粗略

当你在2003年将这款新键盘从盒子中取出时,你可能会认为它非常有吸引力。就在那时,它就是这样。但是哦,我的;给它几个月。我不在乎你是多么挑剔地保持干净而不是在你的桌子上吃东西,它会把面包屑,灰尘和头发拉到它上面,就像一个非常挑剔的黑洞。除了它不是黑色;情况很清楚,所以你最终得到的是一个完美的窗口,可以看到在(现在也是肮脏的)键下积累的所有恶心的垃圾。

我不止一次地给这一个打击中的一个打击,只是为了得到一个满脸的古老碎屑和深深的怨恨和悲伤的感觉。这个键盘已经持续了大约两个星期,但是你在野外看到的每一个现在看起来都很糟糕;让它们灭绝。

+$05. iPhone 6 Smart Battery Case

iPhone 6 Smart Battery Case

+$Author Phin has an ulterior motive in including this design here. Image credit: Apple

+$I have to come clean: I have an ulterior motive in including this design here. I know for a lot of people it’s utterly hideous – and feels like Apple barely designed it at all, just slapping a rectangular battery on the back of its normal silicone case – but I actually like it. I like the balls-out, screw-you-edness of the approach (quite as well as acknowledging the technical constraints the designers were operating within, including leaving wireless antennas free), and I like how it feels in the hand; the hump gives a little extra place for your pinkie to rest when holding it. It’s Brutalist architecture made out of soft-touch silicone, and I think we could do well to try to rehabilitate some design choices and vernaculars that are often called ugly.

+$Many of the images in this post were kindly supplied by Jonathan Zufi, the author of one of my favourite indulgent books about Apple design,标志性的。 Jonathan为Iconic拍摄了数百张照片 - 其中一些照片之前从未发布过 - 并且与苹果行业中一些了不起的人谈到其持久的设计实力。如果你像我一样爱苹果的硬件十分之一,我恳请你善待自己。天啊,特别版!

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