Nowadays, everybody seems eager to make an Apple product. These prototypes from independent designers may never appear on shelves at the Apple Store, but they include lots of innovative ideas.
The iPod Slide is a sleek concept that gives Nano-like portability to the iPod Classic.
Designed by Tryi Yeh, this imaginary media player features a slide-out screen, a silver backing, and a set of thermal sensors to control the machine, according to design blog Tuvie.
You can slide the entire screen out for complete functionality, or just pop out a small part of the screen to reveal a menu of iPod functions such as video, music, and photos.
Tech pundits have been predicting the imminent demise of the iPod Classic, in favor of the iPod Touch, Nano, and Shuffle. But if Apple ever came out with something like the iPod Slide, it might be the Nano and Shuffle that disappear.
iPod Slide image: Tryi Yeh, via Tuvie
Two Mac Minis
One of the most neglected members of the Apple family, next to the Apple TV, is the Mac Mini: Even though the Mini is the Apple computer that's the lightest on the wallet, it has never really taken hold as a popular desktop alternative.
That hasn't stopped a small, dedicated group of Mac Mini lovers from dreaming up home theatre roles for this small wonder.
The Mac Mini A/V Dock, from an anonymous blogger at Asteroid, turns the Mini into a media center that would fit into your home theater rack.
The second Mac Mini creation, from the blog Myopia, features a Mini integrated into a customised home theater system, with an iPod-like tuner, media card slots, and FireWire and USB ports.
The setup also has room to install an extra hard drive, stackable batteries, and more. (If you're a hard-core Mac Mini lover, check out 123MacMini.com, too.)
Mac Mini A/V Dock image: Asteroid
Mac Mini Home Theater image: Myopia
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