Thoughts on the Apple Event

It’s been an odd week, thanks, Irma. However, I was extremely fortunate to have power and Internet restored in time to watch Apple’s Special Event on September 12th. David and I recorded a special episode of MPU that will be in your feeds Sunday evening. Until then, I wanted to share a few quick thoughts. In no particular order:

  • I was glad to finally see Angela Ahrendts on stage, but disappointed that after her appearance Apple seemed to revert back to its same staple of presenters.
  • I’m buying an Apple Watch Series 3, but am not entirely sold on the LTE features. I skipped the Series 2 watch last year and feel I could benefit from the power boost offered by a newer watch. (Please make Siri better!) I also have someone who is anxiously awaiting my old Series 0 watch. However, if you upgraded to the Series 2 last year, and aren’t interested in LTE I’m not sure this is a must-buy.
  • The Heart Study that can potentially detect atrial fibrillation is amazing. I have several family members who suffer from a-fib and can go in and out (very dangerously) without knowing it. If an Apple Watch in the future could tell you if you were in a-fib it would be lifesaving.
  • LTE coming to the watch is the next step. Having the ability to leave your phone behind can be very liberating. But the $10 per month added monthly cost would probably be hard for most of us to justify. I wish Apple could have found a way to work with the carriers to make this more aggressive. Another disappointment is that the Stainless Steel watches (which I prefer for their looks) are only available in the LTE model. So I’ll be paying more for a feature I’ll likely never activate.
  • Beware - the battery life for the watch when using LTE will take a significant hit.
  • Apple just keeps swinging and missing when it comes to the Apple TV. If you don’t have a TV or data source capable of taking advantage of 4K content, the 4K Apple TV probably not worth the cost. Everything else will come via software update. The price is also disappointing considering all the other set top boxes are significantly less expensive than Apple’s offering.
  • Two bright spots - free upgrades to 4K content for iTunes purchases and the 4K Apple TV brings back the Gigabit Ethernet Port. But the USB service port is conspicuously missing.
  • The iPhone 8 looks like a nice upgrade, especially if you’re coming from a 6 or 6s. I love the glass front and back (better get AppleCare or a good case) and appreciate that Apple has finally jumped up to 64 MB of base storage. If you can’t justify spending $1000 on the iPhone X or are looking for a phone for family members who don’t have to have the latest and greatest, the iPhone 8 is a great phone.
  • But, no one reading this website is going to buy an iPhone 8 for themselves. It’s all about the “One More Thing” that was the iPhone X. While I’m not sure the screen size, Face ID and the dreaded Animoji are worth a $300 premium over the iPhone 8, it is the future of the iPhone and thus the iPhone all the geeks want. Yeah, I’m probably going to buy one. I’ll probably go rogue and opt for Silver.
  • Wireless charging felt like a “check the box” feature. Wireless charging is slower and often less convenient than plugging in. I liked that the iPhone X will support fast charging via USB-C, but am disappointed that given the price tag you’ll have to buy another $75 worth of accessories to take advantage.
  • Did you notice that AppleCare prices took a jump? Apple knows that with the double glass these phones are more likely to break and they will be more expensive to fix.