Reactions to Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch announcements

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You really have to give Apple a lot of credit when it comes to putting on a new product announcement event. They are definitely the masters of hype and showmanship. Even though I say I don’t care about the iPhone anymore, I still get excited just like the rest of the planet to hear about their latest and greatest devices. Today’s announcement in Cupertino, CA found me once again glued to my web browser “watching” live blogs of the event on various web sites. Did Tim Cook and company convince me to ditch my LG G3 Android smartphone for the new iPhone 6 or to consider the new Apple Watch? Keep reading to find out what I and some of the rest of The Gadgeteer team think about these new products from Apple.

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iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

This time around Apple has decided that thinner, bigger and even more bigger are better by announcing two new smartphones: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 is the smaller of the new devices, increasing the screen size from 4″ on the iPhone 5S up to 4.7″ and the iPhone 6 Plus gets super sized with a 5.5″ display. The new Retina HD display on these phones is going to look gorgeous with increased contrast ratio, viewing angle and resolution. The ion-strengthened glass display looks like it seamlessly transitions from screen to the rounded anodized aluminum edge. The physical design of these new phones is very nice.

The camera on these new phones has been upgraded to focus faster, capture 240fps video and the iPhone 6 Plus even has optical image stabilization while the iPhone 6 offers digital image stabilization.

Under the hood, the phones are powered by the new Apple A8 64 bit chip with 25% faster CPU and 50% faster graphics.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will launch with iOS 8 when they ship on September 19th. The phones will be available in silver, black and gold and will be priced starting at $199 for the iPhone 6 with 16GB of ram, up to $399 with 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB and goes up to $499 for 128GB.

I’ll admit that the iPhone 6 Plus looks very nice and I do want one… but I want one that runs Android, not iOS! 😉 I’m afraid Apple will have to do something crazy drastic with iOS to make me ever want to go back. I love being able to tinker around with apps like Tasker on my LG G3 so that my phone turns on, launches Slacker radio and starts playing music when I start my car, all without me having to touch it. And Qi charging is a must have for me. I’m really surprised that Apple didn’t include that with the iPhone 6. At least they added NFC – finally. Which brings me to…

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Apple Pay

I’m not going to say a lot about this new service because I really don’t care that much about it until it’s available everywhere I shop. Basically Apple Pay is a new mobile payment system that gives you a secure way (hopefully way more secure than iCloud – just sayin…) to leave your plastic credit card and paper money at home. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have NFC built into the top edge of the phone that allows you to pay for things just by pressing your finger on the touch ID. You don’t even have to launch an app or wake your phone to use it The credit card numbers are not given to the merchant as it uses a one-time payment number and a dynamic security code. Apple Pay will start here in the US with Amex, MasterCard, and Visa.

Being able to buy products without having to fumble around with a wallet and credit cards sounds great, but what happens if you’re out and about and your phone dies? Now you’re suddenly without any way to buy something. Oops…

I realize that Apple Pay and systems like it are probably what we’ll all be moving to in the next few years, but I think it will take awhile to catch on in smaller towns like the one I live in. I do look forward to when I can buy my weekly groceries at Walmart without having to take my wallet into the store, I just don’t know when that day will come.

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Apple Watch

Even though I do not like to wear a watch on my wrist, I do enjoy reviewing watches… I guess because I hope I’ll actually find one someday that I will end up wanting to wear. For that fact, the product I was most looking forward to seeing in today’s Apple event was the Apple Watch. It ended up being Tim Cook’s first “one more thing…” and I think it was the perfect time for him to carry on Steve’s legacy.

As for the Watch, there are two sizes, three finishes and a variety of watch band styles. Admittedly, my first impression of the design of the Watch is that it reminds me of the original iPhone from 2007. That said, it is obvious that Apple is betting big on the Watch which feature a sapphire glass touch screen that can tell the difference between a tap or a harder press. I think this is going to cause some consistency issues going back and forth between the iPhone and the Watch since both devices don’t share this type of input style.

The watch is controlled with the touch screen and a digital crown that is used to zoom in/out as well as doubling as the home button. Until I get a chance to actually try one, I’m not sure about the crown. It seems like it might be difficult to rotate it easily to use the zoom feature.

The Watch also features a heart rate sensor and other sensors that may turn it into the ultimate activity / fitness tracker. I was also happy to hear that the watch uses a magnetic magsafe wireless inductive charger. But surprisingly there was absolutely no talk at all about battery life. Also no talk about connectivity. Does it use Bluetooth? WiFi? Lots of questions left to answer.

From the software demos during the event, this watch looks like it can do quite a few things and has the ability to be customized. It will work with Apple Pay, has Siri built in and other features that make it easy to use on the small screen. Apparently you can use the Watch as a viewfinder for the iPhone camera. Now that’s cool. One odd feature is the ability to send little drawings and even your own heart beat to your friends… wait what?

If you want to use the Apple Watch, you’re going to also need an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, or iPhone 5S. It obviously will not work with Android… darn it. Prices start at $349 with availability not until early 2015. I think that price is too expensive compared to other smartwatches currently on the market.

“We have worked closely with horological experts from around the world  to help us understand the cultural and historical significance of timekeeping and this has profoundly informed our design” – Jony Ive

Umm… ok Jony, whatever you say.

There are some cool things about the Apple Watch that interest me, but I won’t be buying one for one obvious reason – I don’t use an iPhone. But I definitely want to try one because… well… it’s a watch and it’s a gadget.

Comments from the rest of the Gadgeteer team

Elizabeth Rodriguez: Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus look sleek, and it’s about time they give users bigger screen options.  The Apple watch looks very chic with rounded edges, three different models, and very smartly, two different sizes.  To me there can be a slight improvement on the thickness of the watch, as it still appears bulky, but more than likely will happen on a second version of the watch if it comes.  Same goes with any wearables at the moment. 🙂  Good presentation apart from the live stream glitches!

Ryan Chapman: There were so many leaks of the new iPhone design that it was hardly a surprise when they were revealed. What I was most shocked about was how they kept the pricing of the iPhone 6 at $199. With Android phones trending towards $299 with contract, I thought they’d take advantage of it this time around. The other thing I am extremely excited about is the 64 GB pricing. I can’t wait to see these in store and try them out.

Smythe Richbourg: I’m still catching up, while my free copy of U2’s new album is downloading in the background. The most exciting thing I feel is going to be the new user interface on the Apple Watch. Taptic feedback will enter the device lexicon (your watch tapping your wrist for notifications without others knowing), and the various uses will be really interesting.

The HealthKit and WatchKit implications are huge for Apple fans, as well as for the rest of the Gadget folks in the world, because there will now be thousands of “me too” products that will use these elements.

Steve Holt: It’s about time they rolled out bigger screens, and I think they will be more popular than people expect. The Apple Watch looks pretty cool but I don’t have an iPhone. The biggest thing to me was ApplePay and finally rolling out NFC chips. Maybe now that Apple is on board we can finally get some modern payment systems in the mainstream.

Janet: I had a lot of trouble watching the streaming video, and I missed most of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus presentation. I am looking forward to updating my iPhone 5, and I’m thinking the iPhone 6 would be a nice phone replacement, but I’m wondering if the iPhone 6 Plus could possibly replace both an iPhone 5 and an iPad mini with Retina display…

I was most interested in the Apple Watch, and it didn’t disappoint. I love the sleek design and all the faces you can choose from. I like the idea of the haptic feedback, especially in the turn-by-turn directions and as a means of alerting you. Much better than vibrations! I’m intrigued by the Digital Touch features, too. Oh, and of course, Apple would consider that not everone wants a huge watch and will make them available in a smaller and a larger size. I’ll be delaying my Christmas gift this year until they are released!

Bill Henderson: Due to an office meeting, I missed it except for U2 at the end. I think the iPhone is overpriced, but then again, I always think that so that’s not new. I plan to upgrade anyway, but I can’t decide whether to go 64 gb or all the way to 128 gb. I am going to pass on trying to be one of the first and wait it out until November or December.

Andy Jacobs: I really like both the styling and size of the iPhone 6. Although for me, the iPhone 5’s size works quite well, I’m glad Apple finally made the iPhone just a bit larger. Jury’s still out for me on the iPhablet, I mean the iPhone 6 Plus. It may be too much phone, at least for me. But the iPhone 6’s reduced thickness, rounded edges, better camera—all great updates. Apple Pay appears to be a potentially useful feature, but as with any feature like this, how widespread it is adopted by banks, retailers and so on will tell the real story of how successful it will become. Not sure at all about the iWatch–Apple didn’t really reveal enough about it for me to comment much.

Dave Rees: I’ve been using an Android phablet (Note 3 & LG G3) for a year now, loving the extra screen real estate and more tweakable OS. I’ve had zero desire to switch back to the iPhone 5’s comparably tiny screen. But the new iPhone 6 Plus is semi tempting me to at least consider going back to iOS. For me the larger screen of a phablet makes the smart-device much more functional and generally usable… cause let’s face it, the major apps are all non-OS dependent/centric anymore. In the new big screen world, I rarely take my tablet with me anymore due to the functionality of my smartphone.

The Plus’ 5.5″ screen, new tech-sexy form factor and Apple’s new pay system may interest me enough to give it a try. My family lives in an all Apple world, my LG G3 is the only outlier and switching back to iOS would make my mobile computing a bit more seamless. While I won’t be pre-ordering the iPhone 6, I will be heading to an Apple Store first day to check one out.

Rob Tillotson: The Apple Watch clearly seems to be to iOS what Android Wear is to Android, with roughly the same collection of features — rich notifications, voice commands, apps with a simplified UI, and fitness sensors. While none of this is very revolutionary at this point, both major platforms having a wearable version means that in effect there is now a basic assumed feature set for smartwatches. Not only does that point to a much tougher market for third party smartwatches, but possibly for other mobile platforms as well if wearables take off the way Apple and Google hope they will. The most questionable part of the Apple watch for me is the price; while Apple usually doesn’t have too much trouble selling expensive stuff, I wonder how well that will translate here. Mobile payment support is another question — will Apple convince merchants to install NFC readers when everyone else has failed? I suspect not. Still, it’s not a bad looking product if you’re on iOS and want something fancier than a Pebble.

Greg Carter: The phones look good and, as far as I’m concerned, put Apple back in the game. Having an iPad, it would have been easy to get an iPhone and stay in the Apple ecosystem, but the iPhone was just too small so I went Samsung. Whether Apple has a chance to win me back with my next phone, I don’t know, but I’ll consider them now.

If Apple can convince people that the Pay system is safer than credit cards after all the Home Depot announcement on top of Target and the others, then they’ve got a real chance at making some inroads. Security may be the deciding factor rather than convenience. (So they’d better get it right!)

Now it’s your turn, what did you think of today’s announcements from Apple? Let us know in the comments.

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  • eClipse September 9, 2014, 11:35 pm

    One big fat ‘meh” from me.

    The changes are iterative, not exciting, and will be left behind again when Android L hits the streets.
    They are excited, as usual, by both features which have been standard on other devices for a while,
    or things that the average user doesn’t need or understand.

    I also think it’s disingenuous to list the prices that include subsidies instead of just listing the
    real price.

    My Nexus 5 was $349. That was the real price, no games. The >real< price on these is
    $649 to $849. $900 bucks for a phone? How do they type that with a straight face?
    Take the $600 bucks and buy a decent data package and some cloud storage.
    I can't imagine what I'd do with 128Gb on my mobile device, beyond storing all my photos,
    and ricking losing everything (as many iPhone users do).

    It's also still comparable from a spec perspective on the things most users care about (granted, no retina, but it's pretty none the less).

    The watch looks "fine", but not excited – more "meh".

  • Marvin Reynolds September 10, 2014, 1:26 am

    I agree with eClipse. Apple failed to raise the bar.

    My Pebble may not have a color screen but I bet you cannot read the iWatch’s screen outdoors. Without Myrasol, color and outdoors are not compatible. Pebble has lots of great apps and more coming. If they partnered with Qualcomm for the myrasol screen, they would be unstoppable.

    The new iPhones are trying to catch the Android world. I did not hear Apple tout any feature you cannot already use on a Nexus 5. ApplePay is “me too” which may help prod along the big credit card companies and merchant suppliers to help swap out the old terminals. Not a small undertaking. ApplePay is definitely not new.

    So that leaves a new version of iOS. Android L may well leave iOS in the dust again.

    Take a look at Apple’s stock price and you see the market feels much the same. The fans will buy the new stuff. The Android users are better off staying where they are. Zero sum game.

  • Gordon Lee September 10, 2014, 3:09 am

    Very curious to see how the Apple Watch will be implemented / executed in real life. A lot of very promising features but IMO some are more gimmicky than the rest (send a doodle to a friend, feeling each other’s heart beat, etc).

    I’m also a lefty so kind of upset at the lack of a lefty version….

  • O-Qua Tangin Wann September 10, 2014, 3:10 am

    I agree with both Marvin and eClipse.

    I would add that my biggest disappointment from today was with the watch, and the fact the watch doesn’t work as a stand-alone.

    A lot of the watch’s features are duplicates of what we already can do with the iPhone. And you must have the iPhone in order to use most of the great features of the watch. So, besides the built-in “activity monitoring health” features, what do we need the watch for?

    The watch is certainly an amazing piece of technology for what it can do. But I, like many, were hoping for a watch from Apple that did not have to be tied to a phone.

    While I expect the watch will sell quite well, I myself will not buy the watch. If Apple had released a watch not dependant on a phone, I would have most likely bought it.

  • Elliot September 10, 2014, 6:55 am

    Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave. After all he considered the iPhone 4 to be the optimum size because it can be operated one-handed. I think that the iPhone 5 is still do-able in that my thumb can still cover all the screen real estate. But 5.5″ is totally over the top. It’s an out and out phablet and with the new volume buttons on the side totally resembles the generic Samsung and LG models out there. I am horrified that Apple has played catch-up to these guys. Perhaps Samsung will sue Apple over rather than, historically, the other way round.
    And while I’m on a rant – Jony Ive believes his own hype! What was all that nonsense he spouted about the iWatch. He managed to say a lot without saying anything at all.

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 10, 2014, 7:18 am

      There’s no disputing that Where Apple shines is with hardware design. Software not so much. Once you use the Android OS for any length of time you realize just how far behind iOS is in turns of versatility, customization and plain old geeky fun. But still, I can’t help but drool a little bit over the iPhone 6 Plus in terms of just the way it looks and that display…

  • Sandee Cohen September 10, 2014, 8:34 am

    There are many points, both positive and negative, for all the products. I won’t get into them except one.

    THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS for the iWatch? THREE hundred and FIFTY? $350?

    It is priced so outlandishly that I have no interest in even seeing a demo or going to an Apple store or reading an article about it.

    I have a FitBit Flex. It is perfect for my needs.

    Unless Apple can make this thing under $179, I will never touch one.

  • Sandee Cohen September 10, 2014, 8:36 am

    Oh, and regarding a left-handed version. I would hope they have a setting that rotates the screen 180° so you can put it on the right hand.

  • Lynn Lopez September 10, 2014, 9:10 am

    @Julie, I am totally with you on this one per your last comment. I have been on Android now for over 5 years coming from an IPhone. I love the way the new IPhone looks and how sleek it is, but like you the iOS just kills it for me. I just do not want a screen full of app icons. I do hope the ApplePay catches on so the paying systems using NFC can catch on for everyone. My household is split in half with me being the Android person and my hubby loving Apple. What is funny is that he loves the smaller size of his 5S and has no desire to switch to a ‘tablet on his ear’ as he calls it. I will have had my Note 3 for a year this October. I will of course go to the Apple store to check out the new phones and I am very curious to see how the watch pans out. I am hoping the watch kicks other companys (hello Samsung and Google) to make a bit smaller watches.

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 10, 2014, 9:16 am

      @Lynn I like devices with larger displays too. I just gave my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to my better half. This is her first smartphone and so far she’s doing pretty well with it. I continue to enjoy my LG G3, but may spring for a Note 4 when they come out 🙂 As for the smartwatches, I just don’t see the point. I want 2 things to charge and if I have to be near the phone for the watch to work, it just seems like overkill.

  • Gareth Jones September 10, 2014, 10:26 am

    Here in Canada – 50 % of the stores now have “tap and pay” terminals – we have had chip and pin forever – so I will be watching with eagerness if the iphone6/watch nfc stuff will work here. Saw something about it rolling out in the us – nothing about canada – where it really would make sense.

    Having an iPhone 5s right now – and not missing a larger screen – the fact that the watch has nfc really interests me. Think I will be in line to buy the watch when it comes out.

  • Shel_TK September 10, 2014, 10:31 am

    My wife was tired of Apple a while back, and decided to switch phones, partly because she wanted to move to a phablet – we decided on a Windows phone (Nokia Lumia 1520). When we went to the MS store to get her new phone, I played with one for a bit, then said, “You know, I can buy one now, or I can wait until I’m disappointed by the iPhone 6 and get one then. Why not just get it now?”

    And I did.

    And it looks like the outcome would have been the same had I waited. I had an iPhone 4, and I’m a total nerd for the newest, shinest things – when TWO FULL GENERATIONS of your product go by and I don’t feel like I need to upgrade to either one – you’re doing it wrong.

    And a lot of the features in iOS 8 look like things that are already in Windows Phone 8.1 – what’s up with that? Playing catch-up to Android is one thing, but playing catch-up to Windows Phone? Wow.

  • Sue September 10, 2014, 11:48 am

    I am fine with my iPhone 5. I really don’t see a need to upgrade; maybe by the time iPhone 8 comes out I will. I was really looking forward to the watch because I love watches. However, I think $349 is pricey; at $200, I would buy it. And what the hell is it with sending doodles??? Come on; I want a watch for adults, not toddlers!

  • Gary Bart September 10, 2014, 11:50 am

    Does anyone know if the iPhone 6/6+ is waterproof or water resistant ??

  • Janet Cloninger September 10, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Selecting right- or left-handed is apparently a setup selection for the Watch.

  • eClipse September 10, 2014, 12:55 pm

    I’ve seen no indication of either water resistance or any ruggidization – two things which, based only
    on my personal recon, seem to be something iPhone users could really use. I’ve seen more
    spidered iPhone screens, probably owing to the generally younger demo, then any other phone.

    No Qi either, which after the Nexus 5 is now on my “must” list. I have Qi in my car, desk, and beside.
    So between that, bluetooth, and WiFi file transfers, I never connect a cable to my N5.

  • aphoid September 10, 2014, 2:44 pm

    I have small hands for a male, and already find my iPhone 5S’s screen to be somewhat of a stretch. I guess I’ll have to hold a 6 in my hand to judge it, but I do use a case with the 5 and even a compact case might make a significant difference. Its also bizarre to me that Apple hasn’t made the iphones at least water resistant.

    I’ve been vaguely thinking about getting a nice watch, but have been holding off to see what Apple did. The ones I’ve been looking at all share the following features: solar charging (never replace/charge a battery), water resistance to 100m or more (so I can shower and swim), sapphire crystal (so it will last) and atomic time accuracy (so I never need to set it). It appears that the Watch only does two of theses. According to David Pogue’s article, it’s just “water resistant” which means “you can wash your hands, but don’t shower with it.” Also, it seems likely that “daily charging” is in the cards. This is painful for a watch and it’s yet one more incompatible charger that you’d have to bring with you for a weekend trip. At the very least they could make the iPhone compatible with the Watch’s charger….

    Anyone else remember when you only needed to change your PalmPilot batteries every month or two? I miss those days….

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 10, 2014, 4:14 pm

      @aphoid The nightly charging rumor is a deal breaker for most people and yes, I do remember the golden years of PDAs that ran on alkaline batteries. Good times!

  • Janet Cloninger September 10, 2014, 4:21 pm

    Do most people sleep with their watch on their arm? I take off all my jewelry before going to bed.

  • eClipse September 10, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I don’t – or certainly havenm’t outside of sometime where getting up was hypercritical and I used the alarm.

    The watch is an especially good place for Qi. Having to pull that little cover and insert the
    adapter plug will be too much to ask for some people.

  • Janet Cloninger September 10, 2014, 4:34 pm

    @eClipse Are you thinking of that Martian Watch that charges via the covered microUSB port? The Apple Watch has that little charger that attaches magnetically to the back. It’s not Qi, but you don’t plug in a cable, either.

  • eClipse September 10, 2014, 6:26 pm

    I missed that – one of the videos I watched was an “exploded” view and I took the button on the side
    below the “digital crown” to be the USB.

  • jason September 10, 2014, 10:25 pm

    I will upgrade to the iPhone 6 for the TouchID (I have the 64GB iPhone 5), 4.7″ screen, better camera and slightly better battery life. I store all my music on mine but it is backed up on three other drives (including a microUSB flash drive that I use with my Nexus 7). Most likely the 128GB off contract model. They *give* me $225 for my old phone so I will have to pay $625 for the phone. But my mobile bill is $60/month and Internet is $30/month so overall my phone, phone bill and Internet bill across two years is around $115/month, cheaper than what I use to pay two years ago (and the 15 years before that). You have to think of amortization or else you are sticker shocked.

    I will never buy a watch that has to be charged every night no matter how much or little it cost. I have a Seiko Kinetic that never needs batteries or charger…and I don’t wear it anymore.

    That is a REALLY good point about ApplePay and a dead phone battery.

    This is going to sound strange (and mind you, I used to use an Android smartphone and I do currently have a Nexus 7 tablet) but I like the fact that there are not many Apple phones so it makes it easier to keep them 2 years. There are so many Androids and so many that come out that I would regret my purchase every 3 months.

  • jason September 10, 2014, 11:08 pm

    According to the site “Stuff”:

    “And if your phone’s battery dies, you won’t be able to make payments, right? Wrong again. An EE spokesman told us yesterday that there’s residual power in NFC chips, so they’ll still work after the battery has depleted (if you’ve left your phone dead in a drawer for three months, it might be a different story). Several of the SIM/NFC combinations mentioned below also have their own memory, so it should be able to track your balance too, even when battery-less.”.

    http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature

  • Dan McNutt September 12, 2014, 6:43 am

    I find it funny the comments that say Apple “is finally catching up” to Android yet are happy they are using NFC chips so it will become more “mainstream”. Why didn’t it become mainstream on the trailblazing Nexus phones? They were first huzzah!!

    Apple waits until the technology is ready for primetime (unless they screw up occasionally like Apple Maps). Better power management and better batteries will ensure a better user experience than those early “phablets”. Apple doesn’t say “first”, certainly wasn’t the first smartphone on the market, but they go their own way and that’s what is so funny when the Android contingent gets upset about them not carrying a certain technology or waiting until the user experience isn’t compromised. Android users are like a huge beta program at this point with the various manufacturers through everything out there and hoping something sticks.

    The announcements were good. I would have to see what they are like in person. Nice thing about Apple too is they hold their value. I can walk into a new phone for practically nothing with a trade of my 64GB 5 iPhone. So upgrading is an easy choice (depending on the girth).

    I still remember my old Handspring Visor. We have come a long way since then. I find it funny the complaints about this or that with any of this tech, we have devices on our person that can do so much, it’s pretty amazing (Apple or not).

  • eClipse September 12, 2014, 10:17 am

    Um, yeah. OK, except that’s a pretty “1/2-full” way to view it.

    Tech users who understand the argument view Apple as incredibly disingenuous in the way they
    characterize their development process. Hey, marketing is marketing, but they aren’t the number
    one manufacturer for a reason – they sell boutique products in a Walmart world.

    Insist no one wants big screens until the market says otherwise. Lock down your devices and then
    pretend it’s about security, not market-lock and control, then when you have a breach, it’s not your fault. Blah, blah, blah.

    Apple is clearly happy with charging twice the value for devices which look “new” but are a year behind the market in tech. Why wouldn’t they be? They are making huge profits because their demo is ill-informed or non-technical.

    Great, good on ‘ye. But statements like “The best phone we’ve ever made.” don’t equal “The best phone we cold have made.”, etc., etc.

    Bottom line, other then aesthetics, there is nothing you can’t do on an Android that you can do on an Apple, but the same can’t be said the other way, Any company that continues to market “consumer choice” as a negative can count me out as a customer.

  • Dan McNutt September 12, 2014, 11:04 pm

    Yeah superior aesthetics, ill informed users and huge profits, that is some balancing act.

  • meistervu September 14, 2014, 11:12 am

    Regarding battery life of a smart watch, sure, if I own one, sure I would love to have the battery lasts as long a regular watch, i.e. a few years.

    But back to the real world, unless the battery lasts a week or a month, it doesn’t make that much of a difference to me if it lasts a day or a few days. I would charge it every night so I don’t have to remember when I last charge it. I would have a place to charge it and the bonus is that I always know where it is, just like my car keys always go on the same hook. It’s not rocket science but it work. Keep It Simple!

    The advantage of having a one day battery life, I kid you not, is a smaller battery and a thinner and lighter watch. Yes, I know the Apple Watch is not as thin as a normal watch, but with a bigger battery it would have been even thicker.

    Just like mobile phone, once I give up the ability to have one with a week of battery life, I would prefer one with a single day battery life because it’s thinner and lighter.

  • aphoid September 15, 2014, 1:48 pm

    I’d say there’s a pretty big difference between 1 day and 3 days of battery life.

    It would be great to be able to forget your charger and still have a device for a whole weekend.

  • Jane P. September 15, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Well. The Apple event was a big “meh” for me as well.

    I would have really liked to see the Touch ID for the iPads. Maybe next month. I would have also liked to see the iPod Touch upgraded for the Touch ID and Apple Pay.

    @Julie, Apple Pay was of the most interest to me. If – and given all the security problems – this can be proven to be a secure payment system. Equally important, in which your payment history is not available for sale or transfer to your local IRS office by your creepy App Developers (Google et al), this could be a valuable tool. Currently I do not have a smart phone – an old time cell + iPod Touch/iPad 2 works just fine for me. But, if Apple Pay proves to be secure and convenient, I would have a compelling reason to get an iPhone.

    Some really incredible, must have apps need to be introduced for me to want an Apple Watch (“iWatch” for the rest of us). I really do not see the point of spending $400 for something that is not stand alone. Given the number of $100 fitness bands on the market, I am truly underwhelmed by this product. But hey, time may change my mind.

    I’ve come to expect these events to demo incremental improvements in their product line. Even so, I am underwhelmed by these offerings.

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