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Apple iWatch and the Leica Connection

"What will inspire Apple's round iWatch design?" asks Pocket-lint. There's some suggestion that it'll be influenced by Leica. It's no secret how Jonathan Ive collaborated with Marc Newson for Leica on the design of the now famous (RED) Leica M that sold for $1.6M USD at auction. Surely the iWatch will be cheaper than the recently launched Valbray - selling for a cool $25k USD. Ive is also very keen on the simplicity of design - in fact, in an interview he says:

"[The Leica] communicates so quickly and immediately that it is a camera. It's almost like a camera, distilled," Ive said, clarifying that he got rid of any design element that he didn't want to be there, because they were a distraction. "Now that alone doesn't mean it will be simple. But it's part of the process to be left alone with something that's so camera-y."

Iridient Digital Adds Leica T Support in v2.4

Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 2.4, a major update to its RAW converter and image processing software for Mac OS X. This update includes a number of new features to provide better integration with other photo management tools, in particular Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Among several new features is support for the new Leica T. Read more below for the press release.

Apple iOS Never to Support Leica DNG?

In an interesting piece about "Why Photosmith dumped iOS's built-in raw-photo support" we learn that the developers of the Lightroom companion app for iPad opted to build in their own raw-photo support to get better control, avoid Apple bugs, and support more cameras... Such as Leica, among others. Apparently, Apple's API and camera support are lacking; difficult to work with and buggy as well. If you're shooting a Leica, check out Photosmith!

Then you get to practical stuff like the fact that they don't support Leica DNG images and probably never will...

Apple to Debut New Mac Pro and 4K LCD

We don't typically cover computer news and stories except for when it comes to Leica, Adobe, Apple and related software... But our discerning readers (you!) are by and large - mostly Mac and iOS users. Those of us with higher demands of our hardware are likely Mac Pro users, and unfortunately, have been waiting and waiting for an update to our beloved machines since mid-2012. Many of us have been eying Apple's new Mac Pro with perhaps more than a little anticipation. Read more below for the big news!

Leica (RED) M Nets Staggering $1.8M USD

The highly-custom, one-off Leica (RED) M (full details and images) by Apple's Jonathon Ive and Marc Newson sold for a staggering $1,805,000 USD at Sotheby's charity auction in New York (hammer price with buyer's premium)... Making it the most expensive camera ever sold (in German) - which was expected to be the Leica Luxus II also recently at auction (it failed to sell for the expected $1,615,700 USD, coming in at $626,947 USD instead). The camera was initially expected to reach $500,000 to $750,000 USD. When it was over, the (RED) auction at Sotheby's raised a total of $26.2M USD to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. It makes this used one quite a bargain... ;)

(RED): Very Best of Design and Innovation

More on the Leica (RED) M - watch Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE, and Marc Newson, two of the world's foremost design pioneers, discuss their collaboration with musician and philanthropist Bono for Sotheby's (RED) Auction, which celebrates the very best of design and innovation. Sotheby's (RED) auction will take place in New York on 23 November, with all proceeds donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.

(RED): The Very Best of Design and Innovation