Form over function for Apple at new headquarters

Apple’s “Spaceship” campus. Photo: Noah Berger via ABC

Apple’s new headquarters has been in the news lately with the huge glass windows on the new spaceship-style headquarters leading to employee injuries.

It has been reported that workers in the new headquarters ran into glass windows and doors and walls, resulting in minor injuries such as cuts.

Ironically, this could be the result of people being too busy with their phones and not looking up to anything else.

However, employees sought a quick solution to the problem by posting sticky notes. This did not last long, however, as they were quickly demolished as the sticky notes detracted from the building’s design.

While this recent series of events may seem silly, it does highlight Apple’s strong ties to Apple’s design philosophy that it compromises everywhere — the value of form over function.

iPhone X

Despite the tech giant’s long-standing success, they’ve had some major design flaws along the way, as they wanted to provide a beautiful piece of technology with less respect for its function.

The most recent example of this is the camera and speaker at the top of the new iPhone X display that Apple insisted on being edge-to-edge. The problem is that the notch for the camera protrudes into the screen, which ultimately limits the screen size when it comes to videos and websites.

Not so magical mouse

The most obvious design flaw in Apple’s pursuit of beauty over practicality in recent times comes in the form of the Magic Mouse 2.

The wireless mouse fits snugly in the palm of your hand and moves smoothly across the desk, making it perfect for laptops and desktops. However, like all things, it needs to be recharged from time to time.

Unlike other tech companies, Apple aims to hide the “ugly” features of technology and instead of the charging port being visible so you can charge and use it at the same time, it’s hidden in the belly of the mouse.

Are they for the pros?

Apple is a very profitable company, in fact they are the most profitable in the world and that is not from constant flops and misses.

Apple’s vision is strong and runs throughout the company, because they will give up the beauty of design for nothing.

This was evident in their release of the Mac Pro, designed to provide professionals with high editing power and video squeezed into a small cylindrical pod. This was intended to be a major breakthrough that showcased Apple’s innovative capabilities.

It was incredible that they could fit so much into something so small. However, it fell short with the pros who didn’t care about the size of the device but just the ease with which they could upgrade the components.

Apple is now completely rethinking the design of the Mac Pro and outlining the company’s ability to adapt when it fails.

Perhaps a frosted glass is more suitable?


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