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iOS design startup Play lets devs share app prototypes easily via App Clips

iOS design startup Play lets devs share app prototypes easily via App Clips

Apple introduced App Clips in 2020 with iOS 14. The idea was to let developers share a part of their app with users, who can experience the functionality of an app without installing a full version. Native iOS design app Play has launched an interesting new feature — it lets developers share prototypes of their apps easily through App Clips (like this one). The company’s co-founder and co-CEO Dan LaCivita told TechCrunch over a call that designers and developers face a problem when it comes to sharing prototypes with their team or users. “If I am developing an app, and I want to share a prototype that someone can experience on their phone, they either need to see a video, try a web simulation or install another app. Because we are a native design tool, we can leverage all of Apple’s system elements to give a full experience of using an app through a prototype,” LaCivita said about including App Clip functionality in Play. Its finally here—a breakthrough way to share native iOS prototypes. You …

Images of Ultra-Rare Apple Watch Band Designed for Sir Jony Ive Surface Online

Images of Ultra-Rare Apple Watch Band Designed for Sir Jony Ive Surface Online

Images of an Apple Watch band designed to celebrate former Apple design chief Sir Jony Ive’s 50th birthday have emerged online, providing a look at what could be one of the rarest official Apple Watch bands ever made. The images come from “Stella Fudge” on X (formerly Twitter), who claims that the unit is one of just ten prototypes made to test the unusual product before the finalized one was given to Ive with a 42mm Ceramic Apple Watch Series 2 “Edition” model in February 2017. The Apple Watch band itself is “Cloud” white and features a personalized “J50” monogram engraved on the ceramic pin in silver lettering. Ive departed Apple in June 2019 and now runs an independent design firm called LoveFrom. Story goes that this unique Cloud Sport Band would’ve originally come with a Ceramic 42mm Series 2 Watch as a gift to Jony Ive for his 50th birthday, hence the “I50” engraved on the pin. Allegedly around 10 or so exist, most are a test batch with the finalized one given to …

Lightning: one-click tool transforms prototypes

Lightning: one-click tool transforms prototypes

Singapore-based frontend development platform Locofy launched a groundbreaking one-click tool called Lightning. This innovative solution converts Figma and AdobeXD prototypes into code seamlessly. Co-created by Honey Mittal and Sohaib Muhammed, the tool is built on the startup’s Large Design Models (LDMs) and draws inspiration from OpenAI’s cutting-edge work in LLMs and ChatGPT. By streamlining the traditionally tedious process of transforming design prototypes into functional code, Lightning frees up developers to focus on more critical aspects of their projects. Established in 2021, Locofy has successfully raised $7.5 million from prominent investors such as Accel and Northstar Ventures. The funds acquired will expand operations, enhance product development, and strengthen the startup’s market presence. Locofy aims to further revolutionize the industry by offering innovative solutions and fostering meaningful collaborations with key stakeholders. Compatibility with major design platforms Initially introduced as a Figma plugin, Lightning will soon be available on other design platforms like AdobeXD, Penpot, Sketch, Wix, Canva, and Notion. This expansion is part of Locofy’s plan to become an indispensable tool for startups and enterprises, streamlining workflows …

MagSafe Charger Prototype Reveals Abandoned 2010s Design

MagSafe Charger Prototype Reveals Abandoned 2010s Design

Images purporting to reveal the original version of Apple’s MagSafe charger today surfaced online, providing a look at how the company conceived of the accessory over two and a half years before its release. The images, shared by the Apple leaker and prototype collector known as “Kosutami,” claim to show the original version of the ‌MagSafe‌ charger that Apple considered launching. The prototype has a production date of March 2017, a key period in the development of Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat. This version of ‌MagSafe‌ was apparently developed directly alongside ‌AirPower‌. The earlier version of ‌MagSafe‌ for iPhone features a rubberized outer shell that feels similar to the base of the HomePod, rounded edges, a different array of magnets with opposite magnetism, and a large Apple logo. It is apparently the same approximate size as the final version, but noticeably thinner. The design language distinctively harks back to an earlier period in Apple’s history that more generously used white rubberized plastics and featured its logo more prominently. Unreleased prototype of MagSafe Charger. It’s super …

Band Designed for Black Apple Watch Ultra Surfaces Online

Band Designed for Black Apple Watch Ultra Surfaces Online

Images of an Alpine Loop prototype designed for a black Apple Watch Ultra model today surfaced online, supporting rumors that Apple had plans to release a darker version of the device last year. Prior to the release of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, multiple rumors suggested that Apple had plans to release a new darker color option that was originally tested for the previous model but ultimately canceled. When the device was announced in September 2023, it continued to only be available in the same natural titanium color as the first-generation model. Now, further indication has emerged that Apple had plans to release a darker color option. The latest images, shared by “DongleBookPro” on X, show a blue Alpine Loop prototype with an anodized black titanium hook and lugs. The released version of the Alpine Loop has natural titanium trim to match the Apple Watch Ultra’s casing. Apple released the blue version of the Alpine Loop alongside the ‌Apple Watch Ultra 2‌, supporting previous indications that the company had concrete plans to release the ‌Apple …

Jaguar Land Rover begins road testing electric Range Rover prototypes | Jaguar Land Rover

British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has begun road testing prototypes of its electric Range Rover, in its first foray into building electric cars in the UK as it tries to catch up with rivals. JLR, which makes the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, said it had opened a waiting list for pre-orders of the new Range Rover, its flagship vehicle, which is seen as a crucial step towards its electric future. The carmaker, which vies with Japan’s Nissan to produce the most cars in the UK, has been relatively cautious in embracing electric vehicles. However, in April it announced a £15bn investment plan to upgrade its factories and launch electric versions its models, starting with the Range Rover. JLR already sells electric cars, but its award-winning battery electric Jaguar I-Pace model has been built in Austria by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr since 2018. In the following five years, JLR’s rivals have launched a series of luxury sports utility vehicles (SUVs) such as BMW’s iX and Mercedes-Benz’s EQC, which compete against Tesla’s Model X. The electric …

Fisker reveals all-electric Alaska pickup, three other EV prototypes

Fisker reveals all-electric Alaska pickup, three other EV prototypes

Fisker, the automotive startup-turned publicly traded company founded by famed automotive designer Henrik Fisker, revealed Thursday night a dizzying array of EV prototypes from a beefy pickup truck with an expandable bed, and grand tourer sports car with up to 600 miles of range to a souped-up, off-road version of its Ocean SUV and the mysterious PEAR vehicle that it plans to build with Foxconn. The showcase, which was part of an event in Huntington Beach, California for investors and media, was the first time that Fisker has shown off all of its future vehicles in prototype form and laid out its expansive and ambitious future product plan. And Fisker is taking reservations for all of them. “I think the traditional car industry really liked this idea about coming up with a new car every year or every second year, but I think we’re in a completely different time right now. You know, coming out of the COVID hangover,” Henrik Fisker told TechCrunch. “My strategy is, I kind of want to seize the moment. And …

4 questions to ask when evaluating AI prototypes for bias

4 questions to ask when evaluating AI prototypes for bias

Veronica Torres Contributor Veronica Torres is the worldwide privacy and regulatory counsel for Jumio, where she provides strategic legal counsel regarding business processes, applications and technologies to ensure compliance with privacy laws. It’s true there has been progress around data protection in the U.S. thanks to the passing of several laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and nonbinding documents, such as the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights. Yet, there currently aren’t any standard regulations that dictate how technology companies should mitigate AI bias and discrimination. As a result, many companies are falling behind in building ethical, privacy-first tools. Nearly 80% of data scientists in the U.S. are male and 66% are white, which shows an inherent lack of diversity and demographic representation in the development of automated decision-making tools, often leading to skewed data results. Significant improvements in design review processes are needed to ensure technology companies take all people into account when creating and modifying their products. Otherwise, organizations can risk losing customers to competition, tarnishing their reputation and …