Apple thinks big

Finally catching up this afternoon on all the Apple announcements from today, and I wanted to give a few quick thoughts on all the new items that were released.

AppleTV

This is a big one for me. My aging 2nd Gen AppleTV has been having issues with rebooting, it can’t play YouTube anymore, and is showing it’s age when it comes to speed. I’ve been looking forward to a new AppleTV for a while and today Apple delivered. However, I’m not 100% sure that I will be jumping on board right away, but maybe after playing with one in the store I will be convinced.

I always liked the idea of being able to add apps to my AppleTV, and the inclusion of an AppStore in the new AppleTV is a great idea. I’m not so sure that I need Siri, a touchpad, or a bunch of games though. I have well established gaming consoles already and I don’t foresee an AppleTV displacing those anytime soon. I’ll play with it in-store some, and see how the reviews pan out, but I may just pick up a MUCH cheaper 3rd generation AppleTV as my media device.

iPad Pro

Basically Apple created their version of the Microsoft Surface. The inclusion of the pen, and a fancy keyboard, with a nice fast processor puts this device into direct competition with the Microsoft tablet device. The downside for me is that you’re still running iOS for the operating system. As much as I love iOS, and as much use as I can get out of my iPad, there’s still a reason why I had to pick up a laptop to bring with me when traveling. There are just some things that my iPad can’t do, such as interfacing with USB devices, which means I needed a laptop. If I want to hook up my GPS fitness devices while on the road, I need a laptop to hook them up to (some of them can Bluetooth to my phone but not all). If I bring my nice camera along, my standard workflow for editing is much more limited, and depending on what I’m trying to accomplish, may not even be possible.

Considering the price, it would be a hard sell for me to pick up one of these iPads. If I am going to spend close to $1000 for a “laptop replacement” I might as well just get something that can actually be a laptop. Again, I’ll play with this in the store a bit and keep my eye on reviews, but right now I just don’t see the benefits.

iPhone 6s/6s Plus

Not much to say here about these new devices. They are nice standard upgrades to the current iterations. The one part that depresses me though is something that wasn’t talked about much, the death of the smaller form factor iPhone. It looks like my desire for a device that is smaller and more compact is becoming a thing of the past. In the lineup today Apple did their standard demotion of previous year’s phones, and the only device that has a smaller form factor anymore is the iPhone 5s, which is at the bottom of the list now. That means that when the iPhone 7 comes out, that lowest level phone will disappear. Maybe I’ll get lucky and they’re make a small sized iPhone 7, but I’m not holding my breath.

There’s my quick thoughts on the announcements today, and I’m looking forward to seeing more details in the weeks to come!

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