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As Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, 2014 has been a year of acquiring more imagination than anything else. For dreamers are the crazy lot that can achieve the impossible! The world of design saw dreamers translating their imagination into path breaking innovations; the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch serve as a good example. At Yanko Design we saw some clever inspiring designs, and we’d like to recap them for you. Here’s the Top 30 Designs from 2014 … take a look…

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Reveal iPhone 6S will look nearly identical outside, but expect numerous changes inside

Posted July 01, 2015

For fall 2015, Apple is preparing an “S” iPhone upgrade that superficially preserves the exterior designs of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but includes a collection of major internal changes. In May, we reported that this new “iPhone 6S” line would debut this fall with a Force Touch, pressure-sensitive display as one of its marquee features. Now, a proven source familiar with Apple’s supply chain has provided us with the most extensive look yet at Apple’s next iPhone, sharing the first photos of the iPhone 6S’s external metal casing, plus an in-depth look at the new iPhone’s internals. Today, we’re focusing on the exterior of the next iPhone, which appears to refute a number of potential changes that some have speculated were destined for this model.

1) Identical design to the current iPhone 6 + same thickness/width:

As expected, these photos show that the next-generation iPhone will have a rear design identical to that of the current iPhone, similar to the transition from the iPhone 5 to iPhone 5S. Our images show no noticeable external changes coming from the iPhone 6 — even the Space Gray color has remained light, contrasting with the darker Space Gray Apple Watch — but it is possible that Apple’s final hardware could include additional tweaks.

Good luck spotting any major external differences in size or the position of holes. Our source says that any potential difference in thickness or width on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6-sized device is too minimal to notice, but this does not (yet) rule out rumored changes to the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus body.

2) Different internal mounting structure:

Despite the identical exterior, many small changes are evident inside the iPhone 6S frame, particularly in the mounting points for the phone’s new logic board and components. The mounting points line up with details we’ve received regarding the logic board, confirming the shell’s authenticity for a new device.

3) No dual-lens camera system:

Rumors that the iPhone 6S would receive a dual-lens camera system appear to be dashed given the rear shell’s seemingly identical holes for camera, microphone, and LED flash. This doesn’t rule out the possibility that the camera lens won’t protrude on the new model, but two distinct lenses appear to be very unlikely.

4) Antenna lines still present:

Apple recently applied for a patent on a technique to hide the antenna lines on the back of an iPhone with an “anodized metal appearance.” Unless something changes from the casing here, those lines will persist through the iPhone 6S lineup. But there may be some good news regarding NFC antenna performance, a point we’ll discuss further soon.

5) Same connectors, speakers, microphones:

The bottom design of the iPhone 6S is exactly the same as with the prior model, down to the number of speaker holes and the position of the headphone, microphone, and Lightning holes. This will be good news for case and accessory makers, who won’t have to worry about redesigning their iPhone 6 products for the iPhone 6S.

In the coming days, we’ll be publishing in-depth looks at new internal components and chips coming in the next iPhone, which will reveal new features and enhancements. So, stay tuned for those articles. Meanwhile, below is our full image gallery of the next iPhone’s external shell.



Explained in Great Details in Japan


従来のバンパーと全く異なるトリプルキューブコンセプトにより金属バンパーのネガティブな部分を払拭し、全方位でiPhoneを保護する「耐衝撃」性能を手に入れたバンパー エクストリーム。



[BRIC+]™xtreme in Houston International Airport (Terminal E)

[BRIC+]™xtreme has been a part of the launching event in Houston International Airport (Terminal E)

Great opportunity for customers to look and feel of our products.




Apple Invites Reporters Into Testing Lab, Details iPhone 6 Plus Durability Tests

Thursday September 25, 2014 3:42 pm PDT by Juli Clover

Earlier today, Apple released a statement to several different media outlets in response to reports about the iPhone 6 Plus bending within user pockets, stating that bending from normal use was "extremely rare" and suggesting only nine customers had complained about bending issues.

In addition to outlining its rigorous testing policies, Apple has now invited reporters from both CNBC and The Verge to its testing facility to see the machines that it uses to test its products in person. The lab contains an array of different testing equipment, with Apple's head of engineering Dan Riccio telling CNBC the iPhone 6 was "the most tested product we have ever done" and that Apple had not tested another phone as exhaustively.

Three-point pressure test image, courtesy of The Verge
"As we add more and more features, we have to find out a way to break them before customers do," Riccio told The Verge. According to Apple, 15,000 separate tests were conducted on both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. "The bottom line is that if you use enough force to bend an iPhone, or any phone, it's going to deform," said Riccio.

When asked about the reports of bending, Apple's head of marketing, Phil Schiller, called them "extremely rare occurrences" reiterating to CNBC that out of millions of iPhones sold, Apple had only received nine complaints. He also told The Verge that Apple "designed the product to be incredibly reliable throughout all your real world use."

Apple also outlined some of the different durability tests conducted on the iPhone 6 Plus to The Wall Street Journal, explaining that it's subjected to three-point bend tests, which place pressure on the iPhone to ensure it can handle reasonable force, and pressure-point cycling, which places "substantial" force on the enclosure hundreds of times. The iPhone is also subjected to torsion testing, which twists and torques the device, and there were sit tests simulating real-life scenarios.

Apple pointed to five different tests that new iPhones go through in the development process, including what is known as "pressure point cycling test" when it applies substantial force on the display and enclosure hundreds of times while the phone is held by the sides. Apple said this process bends the enclosure repeatedly to ensure that the iPhone can be bent and pressed at reasonable force throughout its life.

Another test, according to Apple, is called the "sit test." This test simulates sitting on a hard surface with the phone in the back pocket of a pair of tight jeans. Apple said it runs the phones through thousands of cycles testing the phone in different positions.
In addition to all of the above testing, Apple also tested the phone in real-life, handing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices out to "hundreds of company employees" to use in various situations to test for durability and performance.

Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first surfaced on Monday, after multiple MacRumors forum members shared images of devices that had bent subtly while in a pocket. The bending issue then went viral after a YouTuber posted a video of the iPhone 6 Plus warping out of shape when bent in his hands.

Given the significant amount of media attention the bending has received over the course of the last few days, it has been difficult to determine how many users were truly affected by iPhone 6 Plus bending during real world usage. According to Apple, the number of affected users is comparatively low based on how many devices are now out in the wild.

Despite keeping quiet on the issue for several days, Apple has directed support staff to replace affected phones under warranty following a visual inspection. "In this case, as in many things, we tell customers that if you think something's occurred that shouldn't have with your device, go to AppleCare, go to The Genius Bar, and let them take a look at it," Schiller told The Verge. "And we'll see if your product is having an experience it shouldn't have and is covered under warranty."

Additional photos of Apple's testing equipment and details on the testing process can be found in The Verge's original report on Apple's testing facility.

Update: Re/code also visited Apple's testing facility and has published additional photos and a video.


Tooling, Packaging, T1 Sample Review Plan Updates

Current progress is going well and not major issues have been found yet. Hope we could deliver [BRIC+]xtreme case to our Kickstarter backers and customers in good condition on time. However, if any unpredicted issues detected and possibly impact to the planed schedule, we will immediately inform you what has happened. 

May 5th: We have released the final tooling data right after Kickstarter ended and have made a good progress. No major issues have been detected yet. However, if unexpected or unknown issues popped up, we are going immediately to find ways to resolve effective immediately. We will ask help from you if needed. 

May 18th: We finalized the package design and delivered the database and design spec to our package supplier. See the picture below for the package.

May 26th: We are going to visit our factory to check T1 samples which will be ready by May 23rd. We will spend about a week or so to follow up the production. It might take multiple iterations for perfection and possibly impact to schedule. We will take pictures of T1 samples and provide you the summary of our review. 

We hope everything is moving nice and smooth so that our Kickstarter backers and customers will get the product(s) in good condition on time. 



Posted May 17, 2014 in Apple

There are so many cases out there... In order to achieve waterproof functionality, the case gets bigger and thicker and we ended up sacrificing nice looking appearances of iPhone. Here is the deal we have made for ultimate water and break resistance in a slim package for months. [BRIC+]xtreme, a bumper type case solution with a slim profile, with this you get all the protection of the iPhone cases without compromising how your phone looks. Everything works magically together to resist water and dust achieved through advanced waterproof research. No signal loss with 60 series aluminum frame. No leaks, No breaks…


[BRIC+]xtreme Featured on "ROOMIE" in JAPAN

Posted May 12, 2014

Looking Great in Japan!





Funded! This project was successfully funded May 3rd.

Posted May 07, 2014

We just finished up our Kickstarter campaign successfully and currently preparing for the production to meet our delivery schedule.

Our first goal is to deliver [BRIC+]xtreme cases in perfect condition to our backers on time. That is our first and most important priority. To achieve this goal, our team will focus diligently on the progress to ensure that everything is on track. As we deliver products to our backers as planned, we will take further steps to address “Fun & Productivity” solutions for the digital culture. Our team will keep up with users’ rising expectations and will establish a close relationship with our customers.


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