20+ Apple tiny design features Show Incredible Attention To Detail

Those details were very carefully thought-out during the design process

Hidden magnets:

Flickr / Kevin Steinhardt

Before Apple integrated its iSight cameras into iMacs, older computers had a hidden magnet centered on top of the bezel. This magnet anchored the iSight perfectly atop the computer. A magnet on the iMac’s side bezel held an Apple remote in place too.

The shine that guides you:

Steven Tweedie

In older versions of Apple’s iPhone operating system, people became so familiar with the “slide-to-unlock” gesture that Apple did away with the arrow entirely. Instead, the text on screen glimmered in the same motion, subtly guiding users to swipe in the correct direction.

Today, your iPhone’s lock screen encourages you to swipe up to unlock it.

The reason you only sometimes see accept or decline buttons when receiving a call on your iPhone:


If you’re an iPhone owner, you may have noticed that you only sometimes see the accept and decline buttons when receiving a phone call. In some instances, you’ll be presented with a slider instead.

There’s a reason for that – Apple only shows you a slider when your iPhone is locked so that you can slide to unlock your phone while answering the phone call at the same time.

Hidden high-fidelity audio:

Flickr / Jordanhill School D&T Dept

For audio and video professionals using optical adapters, Apple had integrated a high-fidelity Toslink output on older MacBook Pro models. As soon as you plugged in an optical adapter, MacBook Pros would automatically switch over to Toslink, enabling higher-fidelity, high-definition sound.

But Apple had discontinued support for this feature in recent years, as MacRumors notes.

A tiny “Do Not Disturb” eclipse:

Lisa Eadicicco

When you toggle the “Do Not Disturb” icon in the iPhone’s Control Center, a tiny eclipse animation happens right before your eyes.

Volume and Brightness Bounce:

Lisa Eadicicco

The next time you adjust the brightness or volume on your iPhone using the Control Center, notice how the dials bounce in response to your touch.

The way the Apple Watch’s straps click into place so they’re easy to change:

Hollis Johnson

It took Apple’s chief designer Jony Ive a whole year to decide that the Apple Watch’s straps should click into place, according to The New Yorker. This makes it easier to swap out the watch bands: all you have to do is apply the right amount of pressure to remove the band from the watch’s casing.

One-finger lift to open:

Hollis Johnson

Apple designs its laptops so they can be opened with just one finger, thanks to that special groove on the front lip.

The floating jellyfish on your Apple Watch:


Apple went to great lengths to create the jellyfish watch face that comes preloaded on your Apple Watch. Like the blooming flower, the jellyfish background was composed from a series of footage that Apple shot – not computer-generated images. Apple built a tank in its studio and shot a variety of species at 300 frames per second to get those images, according to Wired.

Virtual reflections:


In iOS 6, Apple included virtual “reflections” that made the knobs on the volume and brightness sliders appear to subtly change as you tilted your phone, as they would in real sunlight.


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