After returning from a grueling road trip around the entire world wide web — our crack team of cool hunters have put together a Top 10 collection of original Lego-inspired Minifig iPhone cases created to cause instant iEnvy.
Almost two years ago, sculptor Scott Freeland released the original iRetrofone dock in basic black — now he's re-imagined his amazing iPhone docking station in classic white. The end result looks absolutely stunning when paired with Apple's white iPhone 4S.
Each iRetrofone base is hand-cast with heavy-duty, half-inch thick urethane resin — creating a solid work station that routes voice communications through the functional handset. Expect to pay $195 for white or black — both are compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPhone 4 and 4S.
All that's needed now is the Rotary Dialer app ($.99) to make this retro desktop design complete. Instant feelings of childlike wonder come free upon delivery.
Before iOS developers on the West Coast could hit the snooze button on their iPhone alarm clocks — 5,000 tickets for Apple's annual 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) were sold out. Ticket sales priced at $1599 (USD) each for the five-day conference starting on June 11th, sold out in under two hours compared to last year which took 12 hours.
Apple announced ticket sales on Wednesday morning at 8:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time as time stamped on the Business Wire press release — by approximately 7:30 AM Pacific Time, the website posted “Sorry, Tickets Are Sold Out”.
West Coast devs barely had a chance to respond to the ticket sales announcement before the party was already over shortly after the crack of dawn. Apple made a point to announce in their press release that videos of all technical sessions from their WWDC 2012 would be available to view for free after the conference at (developer.apple.com/videos).
It's obvious that the free videos are a consolation prize aimed at taking some of the sting out of Apple's early morning "you snooze you lose" announcement.
“The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Having ample time to grab WWDC tickets does not appear to be included in Apple's list of “fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world”. Maybe someone will design a protest app for that.
So, did you get tickets for WWDC 2012 or are you planning to apply for the student scholarship program?
Apple has announced the official dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) which will take place June 11th through June 15th at San Francisco’s Moscone West. Each 2012 WWDC ticket costs $1599 (USD) with purchases limited to one (1) ticket per person and five (5) per organization.
The 2012 WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps from the past year.
Apple also announced a WWDC scholarship program for students 13 or older. “We want to reward outstanding student developers with the opportunity to attend this year's conference on a WWDC 2012 Student Scholarship.”
Developers will be able to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.
“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”
Updates and more information can be found on Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) where you can also purchase tickets.
Developers who are unable to attend this year’s conference will be able to access and watch all technical sessions from the Apple Developer website for free at (developer.apple.com/videos) as soon as they are posted.
Get your tickets fast — previous WWDC events have sold out in less than 24 hours.
A simple search for Darth Vader iPhone cases on Society6 produces a ginormous collection of original art featuring the Star Wars inspired Dark Lord.
I pulled my Top 5 favorite designs from the lot including Tron Vader, Brand Wars and Darth Kitty — although "I Am Your Farmer" by artist Illograph is the one that caused instant tingling in my geeky parts.
Each artistic interpretation is printed on Case-Mate's "Barely There" plastic hard case and will cost you $35 for iPhone 4 or 4S. You'll find approximately 80 original Vader designs to choose from. Good luck with that!
In Apple's latest iPhone 4S advert "Rainy Day" — Siri helps quirky girl Zooey Deschanel transform a wet afternoon into the perfect day.
The lovely star of "New Girl" airing on FOX — appears in the second celebrity powered iPhone ad for Apple that also included a ho hum Samuel L. Jackson in the first commercial of the series entitled "Date Night".
The official New Girl Companion App is available for iPhone and iPad as a free download that interacts with the television broadcast when it airs each week.
Apple is definitely taking their Siri push in the right direction by featuring celebs barking commands at iPhone 4S like a virtual butler. I tried suggesting to Siri to have tomato soup delivered like Zooey did and the results were actually spot on as advertised.
Check out her awkward dance at the end of the ad... it's simply adorkable!
The dangerous mind of Garry Booth has come up with a new t-shirt design featuring an exploded iPhone 4S in all its glory. Garry's designs definitely make some of the most original looking nerd wear found here on planet Earth.
Grab your Exploded 4S in either Silver or the darker Asphalt for $19 — there's also a screen-printed (18 x 24) poster for those few who would rather hang iPhone art on your walls and not on your smooth, hairless chest.
Magna Doodle became one of the most popular drawing toys for kids in the mid-seventies — a dustless chalkboard that Time Magazine included in its list of "All-Time 100 Greatest Toys".
That magic drawing board has been re-imagined as a retro iPhone case appropriately called "iFoolish". Creators of this magical sheath insist that "It stays magical even when your iPhone is offline or out of battery" and they're hoping there is still enough 70's nostalgia alive and well in the world to sell a bazillion of these at $24 bucks a pop.
If nothing else — iFoolish is a fun snap-on iPhone case idea that will bring instant joy to the chronic doodler in all of us.
Steve Jobs said; "Stay hungry, stay foolish" — I'm not sure this is what he meant.