Apple had a big day, introducing a number of new products that I think will sell really well for them. I won’t do any type of a hands on review, because there isn’t enough time to do a true review, but I will give you some thoughts on the keynote and the products that were introduced. I will post more detailed reviews after I have some time to spend with the individual products.
AirPods and EarPods
I know the iPhone 7 is the big product of the day, but it’s one of the spin-off products that caught my attention: AirPods. Apple’s wireless headphones are going to be very interesting for me because I haven’t found a company yet that could do wireless right.
There are plenty of Bluetooth headphones out there, but they sound crappy for the most part. Apple tackled a number of problems with the AirPods, so I’ll be interested to see how they sound, first and foremost.
Apple also made connecting the AirPods to your devices very easy and the case doubles as a charging dock—very smart. The five hours of battery life should work for me most of the time. A long flight may be a bit of a problem, but we’ll see.
The design and color of Apple headphones are iconic, so it makes sense that they didn’t change any of that on the wireless model.
As you may have heard, Apple removed the headphone jack. I know a lot of people were against it, but it makes sense to me. Get it out of there and make room for other components to make the phone better. I said months ago that an adapter would be included in the box, so anyone with analog headphones could still use them. And there is an adapter in the box.
Apple is also including the new Lightning EarPods in the box as well, so you can use those if you wish, too.
I played around with the new Home Button and liked it a lot. It feels like a Home Button, but you can control the haptic tap you get from it in Settings. It didn’t feel as weird as I thought it would.
I think one of the biggest things about the new iPhone is the camera. I’m not a great photographer, so anything Apple can do to make my pictures better, I’m happy with.
The new cameras look incredible—especially in the iPhone 7 Plus, which is the larger model iPhone that I typically use. Everything inside the iPhone camera looks to be new and improved, which is going to make my job of trying to take a decent picture that much easier.
Of course, we always expect Apple to improve performance, and they did again. The performance increase in the last few years has been stunning, in both CPU and GPU. I can’t wait to see how it performs in real-world situations.
I love my Apple Watch. I am looking forward to doing my daily walk with a GPS-enabled Apple Watch and wireless headphones that connect to the watch.
I didn’t know what to think of the new ceramic watch, but when I got my hands on it, I loved it. It looks and feels wonderful. The watch in the demo area after the keynote had a really nice white band on it that also felt great. I would most definitely buy one of these.
Apple Watch changed my life. With the new version and watchOS 3, I’m looking forward to seeing how I do with the watch in the future.
I think Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Jeff Williams did a great job in introducing the new products today. More than just introducing them, they explained to us why the advancements were important and how we could use them.
We expect Apple products to solve problems for us and I saw that today. I saw products that would help me in my everyday life. That’s what I want from Apple.