Of course there are plenty of other sites to give you the run down on this morning’s Apple event, and the following sentiment from Benny Ling writing at AppleTalk Australia summed things up for those in this fair country:
Now if you’ll excuse me, I will proceed to light my credit card on fire, thanks to how poorly the Australian dollar is doing
So, although this is not the blog for in-depth analysis, I did have a few thoughts as things unfolded, and here they are.
Order of Appearance
The Apple Watch is a non starter for me at the current time, therefore no big excitement here. With my current priorities and the status of my tech world, it just doesn’t really have a place. Of course that doesn’t necessarily infer it isn’t a great product, with some love given by Apple in the form of watchOS 2 and some updated watch colours and bands. I’m sure watch owners – current and future – will be pleased come OS 2.
Well the iPad Pro looks like a powerful monster, however is just a little on the large side for how I tend to use mine. All that power? Well, probably wasted on my text editor, web browsing, email, social media and an episode of The Americans on my afternoon commute. As I do write more and more on my iPad, an Air 2 is looking like a reasonable upgrade from my iPad mini 2 for a little more screen and iOS 9’s split view.. I’d imagine going from mini to Pro would be rather…well…jarring. Not a common transition path in any event though I expect.
The new Apple TV? Yes, thank you. Our second TV has been crying out for some content assistance in the form of a little streaming, and what better opportunity than to grab a new model Apple TV. The Siri remote looks pretty handy, as does the revamped UI which will now include Apps. I can confidently say this will definitely be a starter in our household in the not too distant future.
Then there were the iPhones of course. Having upgraded to an iPhone 6 last year – that is where I’ll stay, however my wife’s 5s is due for handing down to the kids, so I certainly had an interest in what is in store. The usual improvements in camera and phone internals, along with more enticing features such as 3D Touch (with an awful lot of Peek and Pop going on) and Live Photos1. Of course the new Rose Gold colour also made its debut, so eloquently described on a special early morning edition (by geographical necessity) of the Reckoner Podcast:
…the new colour pink – they call it Rose Gold but its pink
And finally, lets face it – my complexion is crying out…just crying out I say, for the new Retina Flash on the front facing camera. I’m sure I’ll look a lovely shade of rose gold.
So in the end, given the pre-event rumours, you’d probably say not a lot of surprises, however nice to see it all finally unleashed.
Australian Release Dates:
- September 12; 5:01pm: iPhone Pre Orders
- September 16: iOS 92 & watchOS 2
- September 25: iPhone on sale
- September 30: OS X El Capitan (?)
- October: New Apple TV
- November: iPad Pro
Pricing? Well apart from the iPhones, nothing to report here as yet, although I would add the paid iCloud storage tiers will improve in value — though where exactly they will land in $AUD per tier is still to be announced.
Of course anyone can rabbit on precisely in the vain I have done above, however might I point you towards some more seasoned analysis (emphasis indicates sites which carry the Australian flag):
Reckoner: Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program Dissected (A new iPhone every 12 months – hmmm… the possibilities)
AppleTalk Australia: Apple’s September 2015 Event Wrap Up, Never-Have-I-Ever Edition
MacStories: iPad Pro: Our Complete Overview
MacStories: The New Apple TV: Our Complete Overview
six colors: Notebook: Apple’s newest product announcements
Or, if you prefer – by podcast:
Upgrade: #53: Everything is Off The Charts
Clockwise: #103: TV Sandwich
- If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say a little more storage space will be required for photos; I might as well use Apple Photos and iCloud; better upgrade my iCloud storage plan to cope; Apple makes up the drop in iCloud pricing at each tier through increased volume. Um…but I’m not. ↩︎
- I am hopeful the revamped Notes app will relieve me of my increasing disillusionment with Evernote ↩︎