July 10, 2012

Earlier this year, Apple uploaded an interesting corporate employee recruiting video. It might just be the most in-depth tour of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters that we have ever seen on a public forum, especially Apple’s own website.

The video takes you through Apple’s engineering labs, let’s you see how the Apple website team examines web pages, discusses the backstory on Apple’s work on new battery chemistry, tells the true, and interesting, backstory on the creation of the iPad 2’s Smart Cover, and more.

Notably, Apple’s VP of Human Resources and Dean of Apple University, Joel Podolny, narrates much of the four minute clip. The video is definitely worth a watch for any Apple fan, after the break:

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Following up its purported next-generation iPhone physical mockupsGottaBeMobile has posted a similar series of shots, but for the rumored smaller iPad. In this report, the site notes that the hardware seems to be case molds.

Not many unknown details are shown in these images, but the design is said to be thinner than that of the current-generation 9.7-inch iPad. Also, the rumored smaller dock connector is shown between dual speaker grills. More after the break:

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Next Issue, a subscription-based iPad app for magazines, finally hit the App Store today after first having launched as an Android app on the Google Play store.

The sales pitch is simple: “All the magazines you love. All in one app. All yours for one low price.”

Folks need to visit NextIssue.com to create an account and start a 30-day free trial, and then they can download the app to access a bevy of titles from Conde Nast, News Corp, Hearst, Meredith, Time, and more major publishers. A few of the more enticing magazine titles include: Allure, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appétit, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Fitness, Fortune, Glamour, GQ, InStyle, People, Popular Mechanics, Real Simple, Self, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, TIME, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Wired.

Next Issue offers two subscription types: the $10 monthly plan only provides the top magazines, while the $15 monthly plan boasts the entire catalog with weekly selections. A quick gander through the catalog shows enhanced digital magazines, which are tablet-optimized and feature bonus videos, photography and interactive elements.

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