Thursday, November 4, 2010

The New Mac iBox


Look what someone accidentally left in a laundromat in Italy—a working prototype of Apple’s much-rumored new iBox, ahead of the official launch.

It’s a lot smaller than the MacBook Pro, and even a bit narrower than the iPad. The design of the outside is very simple, with no connection ports at all. It keeps to the same simple brushed aluminum look with rounded corners. It’s a bold step into the wireless, portable, creative suite market.


When you open up the hinged upper lid, the iBox interior is filled with 29 different graphic art tools, each of which responds to a variety of hand movements. The interfaces are fairly intuitive, with a variety of mark-making potential.

Problems: The hue range is limited. The receptive surfaces will be sold separately by third party vendors. And the the gray undo tool isn’t compatible with all the rendering devices.

38 comments:

Drashi said...

If you're having problems, it's because you're using the product wrong.

-Steve Jobs
Sent from my iBox.

etc, etc said...

Sleek and trendy. But I'm staying with a PC (personal cardboard-box).

Kyle V Thomas said...

No cut and paste tool?

Jake Murray said...

Ahahahahaha

David Teter said...

Cool! When can I get one?

I currently only have an iBag.

For fun... try googling iBox... all kinds of stuff comes up.

Hip-Hop Hikikomori said...

Haha, oh you!

Mary Byrom said...

I LOVE it! My ibackpack is way too big.

Richard said...

Back to basics

Chris Jouan said...

Wow, All the features I expect from a hardware maker and it looks like they've even solved the battery life issue!

Brilliant!

Jesse said...

Too funny! Although I can't tell you the times I wish I could ctrl+Z a during a painting.

donm said...

too expensive

Omar "OX" Rodriguez said...

Maybe this will finally be the thing that will make me better as an artist.

Rebecca.Yanovskaya. said...

Sigh, I'm ashamed to admit I fell for this!

M.A. said...

This is exciting news! I can't wait to upgrade my my old tin can!!! Thanks for leaking this important information. Will start saving now.

SVSART said...

Priceless sense of humor!

Mathias said...

:)

Steve said...

If the owner of this iBox is you, Jim, I'm afraid the rest of us will be unable to duplicate the operating system.

draigstudio said...

well played sir

Dan Gurney said...

Is it compatible with my unicycle?

Peter said...

Italy? Seriously, where did you find that brushed aluminum box? Apple stickers I have :) (I am in Turin)

puppeteer-for-kings said...

Bahahahaha :P You got me!

sfox said...

Hahahahaha!!!! Love it! Want one.

My Pen Name said...

are faber-castel pencils compatible? or do you have to jailbreak it?

dominique eichi said...

great pitch !

Madking said...

Apple forgot foam inserts on the inside sides to keep the points sharp on the pencils while moving it around. First the antenna issue on the iPhone and now this...

Skulleigh said...

LOL... well played sir. I thought I'd clicked on one of the tech feeds in my RSS reader at first :D

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Aljoša said...

Hehe, I have the same pencil sharpener!

DavidStill said...

I built my own PC (pencil carrier) way back in third grade. The shell is old school, but the great thing about PCs is you can upgrade the hardware so easily. I feel I need more RAM though, I'm having a hard time thinking of several things at once while drawing.

António Araújo said...

It would be cool if apple actually started selling these! :)

Laura said...

This made my day. iBox, a product I can use indefinitely, and WILL :P

Lanz said...

*snerk*snerk*snerk*

The Surfin' Squid said...

Cute, very cute.

I'm a bit ashamed to say it, but I've been working digital so much lately that sometimes when I work on a traditional piece, I find myself searching for my familiar keyboard shortcuts. (Same thing happens with writing--but I'm sure we all wish writing paper had at least a search tool.)

James Gurney said...

Great comments, everybody. I found the silver box in the Japanese bookstore Kinokuniya in San Francisco (also saw it in LA).

Tayete said...

It doesn't happen so often now that I paint daily with "classic" tools, but when I painted almost only on the PC, whenever I did a bad stroke on an easel, I searched quickly for the "undo" option. It always pissed me to find I was in real world...

Charecua said...

BEST GADGET EVER!!

Taranimator said...

Bah hahaha!!! The grey 'undo' tool! haha...

Walter Lynn Mosley said...

Good stuff, funny! BTW, I have an ipad which requires no electricity and it's equally as creative as your ibox.