Here’s my random meandering thoughts from the Apple press conference 🍏
The Misc Stuff
The medical features are really heartwarming. I know it’s part of the sales process, but these devices have saved lives and it must feel great to be a part of that. The Health features of Watch are genuinely useful.
Environmental strides are great. I am happy they’ve gotten rid of leather and given us a (seemingly) great alternative. I’ve never been a fan of the silicon cases feel and their leather cases have been hot garbage since they went to a squared design anyway. Bring it on. It’s great to see them use their basically infinite bucket of money for what seems like long term strides.
Apple Vision Pro
The headset….🤷♂️ I just don’t get it. The experience for the price? I know the Techerati have gushed about it, but I just don’t desire strapping a computer to my head for my computing experience. VR for me is games/fitness. Even then it’s a niche indulgence, and this headset sure ain’t doing the gaming thing…
Apple Silicon Transition
With the Mac Studio and Pro now on Apple Silicon, the transition is complete. what a feat to pull off!
Apple Watch/Apple Watch Ultra
New SIP, Brighter Screens Double tap (very neat), Ultra Wide Band, on device Siri.
It’s a solid update. I think I’m saddest that the double tap won’t be back ported but I don’t feel any desire to upgrade my 1st Gen Ultra just yet.
Case looks nice and getting the 48MP camera with and dynamic island on the screen is a solid update. If you don’t use iPhone as your primary camera, this is absolutely the phone for you. As a big AirTag user Find friend support using wide band is really cool as well. I’d have to see the colours in the flesh to really judge them. They’re a bit pastel for my tastes…
iPhone 15 Pro
My notes from the reveal for this were as follows:-
Brushed titanium look is incredibly appealing
“The most Pro phone ever” is an incredibly funny marketing sentence
Thinner borders always welcome
Mute button gone!!!1
Ray tracing!?! On a phone GPU!?! Wow
Games…oh Apple and games… 🙄 Resident Evil is exciting for sure. But we need this to become the norm to make the most out of this hardware. I hope they sell and entice other devs2. Especially if Apple’s promise to make porting easier comes true.
Cameras! The improved zoom and the focal lengths I’m very excited about. My phone is my camera and I use it intensively. 5x Zoom with the prisms seems great as well. I can’t wait to explore the possibilities of having more zoom etc play with.
My order will be a natural graphite 15 Pro Max with 256GB… I think. I keep going back and forth on the colour. And a fine woven case.
I’d love to maybe go for 512GB but we’ll see…
The shift to USB-C
🙌 A no brainer. Of course it needed to happen and it’s much welcome. Hopefully the USB-C shape will be ‘the connector’ now, or at least for a long time to come.