Apple never ceases to amaze.
Anticipation, impatience, and excitement are just some of the emotions that Apple wants its customers to feel as they are about to open their brand new Apple product. Many of us know that the packaging that holds our new product is great, but what many of us do not know is how serious Apple is about keeping its packaging a secret by lock and key.
Apple clearly cares about creative, well-designed packaging, and with each new product there are countless details that make the packaging special and unique. Every Apple device comes in an elegant, simple-to-open box that makes us feel as though we are ruining a masterpiece by tugging it apart. The experience in opening an Apple product is unlike any other experience, which is exactly the feeling that Apple wants.
This, and other inside details of Apple were recently revealed in an advanced copy of Adam Lashinsky’s book, Inside Apple.
According to the book, Apple has a secret room that is accessible only by security badges that is dedicated to hundreds of different kinds of prototype product packaging options for Apple products such as the iPad.
“To fully grasp how seriously Apple executives sweat the small stuff, consider this: For months, a packaging designer was holed up in this room performing the most mundane of tasks – opening boxes,” NetworkWorld’s iOnApple blog quoted from Lashinsky’s book.
Apparently, packaging designers open every prototype box to test the positioning of the invisible stickers stuck to the top of iPod boxes. Lashinsky explained that the invisible tape must be placed exactly every time.
Late co-founder, Steve Jobs, who passed away in late 2011, took packaging very seriously because he wanted Apple customers to have the complete experience with the product and wanted customers to feel a certain emotion upon opening Apple products to add to the Apple mystique.
Unlike other technology companies, Apple’s package design have sophisticated utilization of white space. MacRumors quotes Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, from Walter Isaacson’s bio on Steve Jobs: “You design a ritual of unpacking to make the product feel special. Packaging can be theater, it can create a story.”
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