After watching Apple’s new hardware reveal last night I was left with only two words, that’s it? Below I give you my thoughts on what Apple has to offer.
The new iPhone is exactly what everyone was expecting. From leaked pictures, to marketing predictions, Apple has given us no surprises on what their new flagship will bring. It’s thinner and and lighter than its predecessor with all the internal upgrades that one would expect. The big change (and welcomed by many iPhone users) is the increase in screen size. While 4.7″ may not be in the same realm as the leading Android offerings, it is the same screen size as last years Moto X and HTC One M7. For me personally, 4.7″ is a very reasonable screen size for a phone and Apple knew they had to offer something drastic as far as change goes to keep up with its Android rivals. The design of the phone looks very elegant as you would expect from Apple and is very similar to that of what HTC offers.
While the iPhone may have made some drastic visual changes as far as build and screen size, it also offers something that many Android users (including myself) have been using for several years now, tap and pay. Yes, the iPhone will finally be using NFC technology. So when I pay for my groceries with my phone, I can now tell that confused iPhone user behind me that the new iPhone can do it to, as opposed to my usual answer which was I’m sorry, iPhones can’t do that.
iPhone 6 Plus
Apples incredibly lazy answer to the Galaxy Note and LG G3, the iPhone 6 Plus is what happens when you have no ideas on how to compete. While I can admire what Apple did with the iPhone 6, I can’t help but shake my head at the iPhone 6 Plus. What’s the problem you ask? It’s just a big iPhone, that’s it. It offers absolutely nothing to the table over the regular iPhone 6 other than a larger display. Theirs no added hardware feature or software features to take advantage of the lager display. While Apple can laugh at the word “stylus”, Samsung was at least smart enough to realize how valuable it is when dealing with bigger devices.
Apple doesn’t offer any software enhancements . It would be nice to run two apps simultaneously on such a large device like you can on the G3 and Note 4, but alas, Apple didn’t think it’s user base could handle the multitasking. Apple does offer a software feature that shrinks the display for one handed use. This obsession that Apple has with one handed use has gotten out of hand, pun intended. People who buy large phones have no problem using two hands with it.
Since we’re talking about making a larger device, would it have been so hard to put front facing speakers on it? What is Apples obsession with placing the speakers on the bottom? I ask the same question of Samsung devices as well. People buy phones with larger displays primarily for a superior multimedia experience. Apple could have given it’s users best video watching experience available, but chose laziness again. You would think with Apples acquisition of Beats Audio, that they could have put a greater emphasis on the sound.
The iPhone 6 Plus is nothing more than a slap in the face to the Apples fans begging for a larger iPhone.
This could be the ugliest thing to come out of Apple since the release of the 2000 iMac. All the pictures I’ve seen make Apples new watch look like its been made by Fisher Price. That’s where my criticism ends however. Apple seems to have answered the call on software features. In fact the Apple Watch offers everything I could ever want in a smart watch. The big selling point for me is it’s fitness options. It’s integrated fitness tracking software will be a hit amongst those with very active lifestyles. It also offers a plethora of options to choose from as far as band and design. The launch of the Apple Watch and Android Wear could signal the newest war for our hard earned cash. They only have to convince us that we need it.
The iPhone 6 is everything we were expecting. Apple neither wowed nor disappointing with it’s newest flagship. The iPhone 6 Plus on the other hand was the biggest missed opportunity Apple has even had. They could have thought outside the box and given us something truly special. Instead they kept their thoughts in a even smaller box. The Apple Watch will definitely be the talk of tech enthusiasts everywhere. It’s the first time Apple has released a new product since the iPad and is poised to make smart watches more mainstream.