Every time Apple has an event, I’m glad products aren’t ready for immediate release. Otherwise, there’d be a lot more impulse buying and a lot more remorse in this household. Yesterday’s (epically long) event was prime example.
Just under twelve hours ago, I was so keen to part with my hard-earned money to buy everything they were pushing. Now, after some sleep, I’m a little more reticent to pony up for all this new technology. And here’s why:
iPhone 6s Plus: Aside from being an awkward mouthful to say, I’m really not sure the upgrade is significant enough for me to splash out and replace my iPhone 6 Plus. It has some nice features, including the happily-renamed force touch (now 3D Touch, which is a lot lest unpleasant) and an improved camera. I’m usually waving my wallet at the screen, but yesterday’s announcement left me a little cold. My existing phone is just great and I’m not feeling the urge to part with it. Yet.
I have to admit that may change in the coming weeks, but I’m determined to wait until iOS 9 is available, installed and in use for a while before I make a final decision. This is one phone I might need to play with in-store before buying. Unlike all my other iPhones…
iPad Pro: I was very “meh”, then uber-exicted, then confused about this one. I love the idea of a bigger screen and a stylus. Absolutely love it. But then reality hit me. I’m always trying to reduce the volume of stuff I carry around with me and right now, I’m using an iPad Mini every day. Most of my stuff fits into a Knomad Mini. Don’t think the iPad Pro is really for carting around in a backpack for when you want to read some comics or watch some TV. Is it?
I have visions of it sitting gracefully on an artist’s worktop, covered in beautiful art. Not on my lap, covered in the latest issue of “Secret Wars”. Again, I’m not convinced I would get enough use out of it. A beautiful screen and a wonderful interface tool, but maybe not practical or even needed.
Apple TV: Now this, I want. In fact, I want two: one for the living room and one for our bedroom. Right now, we have an existing Apple TV in each and it gets used daily. This announcement was exactly what I was hoping for. An easier and faster interface, Siri integration and gaming. Sure, I have a few remaining questions, but nothing serious. I’d buy two this instant if they were available. Thank you, Apple – you really delivered on this one.
So, very surprisingly (for me, at least), Apple TV came out on top of the announcements. It’s such a massive upgrade from the present model, with such great functionality (games! voice control!) that for me at least, it’s a no-brainer.
And, really interestingly, the things I’m most looking forward to in the coming weeks are iOS 9 and Watch OS 2.0 – both free upgrades.