However, this was not surprising: all signs pointed to that. Instead, what we got was a very concrete event. Lacking enthusiasm (excluding developers), this is good news for consumers …
If you yourself remember this incident, you might want to start by checking out the roundup of everything we announced. You will get a summary with a link to all the details.
Here is my own take on the announcements …
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple clearly saw the Apple Watch Series 6 as the star of the show, which first introduced (although the ‘Time Flies’ tagline was clearly a reference to the new iPad Air as well as new watches).
I’m not sure I agree. As I wrote before the event, the headline feature has an O2 sensor, and while appealing, it’s not enough to sell me.
The measurement of O2 saints is an interesting and timely feature of an epidemic that damages the lungs. However, I’m not sure that this is a big reason to choose Series 6.. First, I’ve tested a smartwatch with the oxygen saturation feature – and I’ve used it once. Basically, unless you have a medical condition that affects your O2 saturation, it does not vary much.
Of course, you could argue that during an epidemic, the ability to easily test your O2 mice if you believe any coronovirus-type symptoms can be extremely valuable. But it still appears that the vast majority of infected people are asymptomatic, and if you still want to check it regularly, twenty bucks gets you a standalone device to work with. I bought one at the beginning of the crisis, and it is now part of our medicine cabinet. So there is no reason to pay a significant premium to get the feature on your Apple Watch.
Series 6 offers some other benefits. Always on-display is fantastic. Charging is fast, which is definitely handy for those who want to use it for sleep tracking. The U1 chip will certainly be a selling point for some people for a car key compatible car. Also new colors. But overall, I don’t see many people upgrading it from series 5, and personally I don’t see any reason to upgrade from my series 4.
Apple Watch SE
For me, the Apple Watch SE was a more interesting announcement. It’s $ 80 more than the Series 3, but you get a lot for those extra eighty bucks. First, the large display makes a surprising difference to usability. It will likely receive three years more watchOS support than the S3, which alone allows anyone planning to keep the same watch for a few years. It supports family setup (more on this in a moment). And it also supports the new WatchOS 7 face.
If you’re sitting on a sit-in about whether to get an Apple Watch or not, the Apple Watch SE is a good time to hop on board. My view is that this is the new default Apple Watch.
What was strange, however, was Apple choosing to pick up the Series 3 for sale. For me, when you consider the differences mentioned above, this is a no-brainer: buy an SE instead. I can only assume that Apple found that $ 199 was a significant psychological barrier to a significant number of consumers; Otherwise it makes no sense.
I estimate that the following year, the S3 disappeared and the Apple Watch SE dropped to $ 199.
Family Setup aka ‘Kid Mode’
Okay, let’s start with a statement explicitly: This is a feature aimed concretely at better-off families. To use it, you’ll not only need to buy an Apple Watch for each of your children, but it also needs to be a cellular model – which controls the Series 3, as it remains available only in the GPS version. If your children already have S3 Cellular, which seems a bit much, you may not even use it.
At a minimum, then, you need to spend $ 329 per child on the Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular, plus whatever additional costs you have to pay for your family plan.
But, for those who can afford it, you don’t have to be a parent to see the attraction. Assurances of being able to track the whereabouts of your children, being able to reach them and knowing that they can reach you, and even sending them money on the watch.
It was a very minor update, and at least interesting at yesterday’s Apple event, but having an iPad at this price-point is important. Nothing more to say here.
However, this is a very large update. For $ 599, you get something that looks visually from an 11-inch iPad Pro, mostly offering features that people care about and that cost $ 200 less.
If you want a better device, opting for the 256GB WiFi + cellular model gives you a great device for $ 879, which is still $ 179 cheaper than the $ 1,049 you paid for the Pro .
Either way, you are not sacrificing too much. You are not getting nearly the same screen (0.1-inch smaller and no promotion). You are still getting Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2 compatibility. You are receiving USB-C. You are getting almost the same camera capabilities (ultra-wide camera and lack of true tone flash). You lose two speakers. You get Touch ID instead of Face ID – but it’s not like it’s a drawback when wearing masks! Lastly, you do not get a LiDAR scanner.
The bottom line is that now you need a very good reason to buy an 11-inch iPad Pro instead of a 10.9-inch iPad Air. (If, like me, you’re a fan of the 12.9-inch screen, then the more expensive iPad Pro is definitely the only option for you.)
Apple Fitness +
Apple Fitness + is definitely a very well launched and very competitive price. I think it is going to prove popular without a doubt.
These bundles provide some meaningful savings, even if you are not interested in all the individual components. There was nothing that interested me personally – the only two paid services I use are Apple Music and iCloud Storage – but especially some families will save money, and it is always welcome.
I’ll include my general complaint that it’s ridiculous that Apple still offers only 5GB of free iCloud storage, no matter how many devices you buy.
That solo loop
I know, it’s as small a declaration as you can get, but add the minimalist appearance of the unbreakable band with the closure feature and close it without fasting and I’m sold. Am The big question is whether the stretch band fits well and continues to do so over time. I will find the answer to the first question on Friday.
One more thing from yesterday’s Apple event
I have one final comment: Apple introduced new watch faces in watchOS 7, and if you like analog faces – especially the ones without complications – then now you’re spoiled for choice.
But I much prefer a digital face, and get as many complications as I can. My choices live there modular, infograph modular and Siri.
I mean, I know that there is only so much that you can do design-wise if you are aiming to use all the available space, but some more options would be nice. I can change the color, but I would like to have some more layouts just for visual variety.
This is what I had to say at yesterday’s Apple event; how about yours? What was most interesting for you? Any disappointment? Please tell us in the comments.
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