retro Stories January 14, 2015

Gorgeous neo-retro Mac Neue redesigns original Apple Mac as thin, metal silhouette

Beautiful renderings from German site Curved/labs depict a stunning metallic ode to Apple’s original Macintosh computer. While acknowledging the enhanced functionality of Apple’s latest computers, such as the Retina iMac, Curved/labs suggests that the company often neglects its own design history when releasing new machines – the inspiration for this “tribute.”

retro Stories November 19, 2012

Holiday gift idea for your ancestors: Pyle’s new retro rotary telephone with built-in iPhone dock

Pro, home, and car audio company Pyle is launching a few retro inspired rotary telephones that connect to your mobile devices. The PRT35I, for instance, includes a built-in iPhone dock, a button to switch between iPhone and landline, and a 3.5mm jack for any device that doesn’t fit the dock. It appears to be shipping with a 30-pin connector, so Lightning devices will have to be connected externally.

Pyle has the unit listed for $110 on its website, but you can already find it for under $100 on Amazon.

These classically designed rotary desktop telephones, handcrafted from real wood and adorned with brushed copper parts, work with landlines allowing for normal telephone functions, as well as smartphones. In addition to letting you talk on your smartphone in style, using the handset also helps shield you from up to 99 percent of the radiation absorbed when speaking directly into cellular phones.  The collection is compatible with all 3.5mm jack mobile phones and tablets, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad and the latest MacBooks.

Pyle is also launching a couple of other models today without built-in iPhone docks, including the PRT55IPRT15I, and PRT25I.

Pyle’s Retro Telephone Collection Features Include:

•    Retro-style telephone with handcrafted wood base and brushed copper parts •    Standard telephone features and functions including last number redial flash function, and ringer high/low selection. •    Compatible with any mobile device with a 3.5mm jack •    Eliminates up to 99% of the radiation absorbed from direct cellphone use •    One button pick-up/hang-up •    One button transfer between landline and smartphone •    PRT35I model also charges your mobile device

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