I know a lot of my readers like their Apple devices (as well as Android devices… and the odd few of you who use Windows Phone – yes… I see you), so I’d thought I’d share some of my thoughts from today’s Apple announcements.
Apple Watch Series 2
Apple Watch Series 2 – Image, Apple.
I’m going to be blunt – I know of many who use wearable technology. For me… I’m not a fan. I’m not interested in a lot of the elements of it… and I can’t remember when I last wore a watch.
Certainly the inbuilt GPS will be of help to some explorers, as is the waterproofing of the device. Other than that, I’m still quite happy not to scan my boarding pass from a wrist.
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Line up – Image, Apple
Let’s skip to the obvious part. The reduction of port on an iPhone down to a single Lightning connector – and the removal of the audio jack.
Apple’s Phil Schiller calls this “Courage“. I call it a load of self censored words that are too rude for my readers on this blog.
Whilst they argue the disposal of the headphone socket creates more room inside the phone for more elements, the 3.5mm audio jack is pretty universal for headphones…. even in the aviation world where you can get headphones that fit your phone… or headphones that fit the IFE system.
So Apple engineers… simple question “How am I supposed to charge my phone whilst listening to music with traditional headphones?”
That’s the sound of crickets you’re hearing until designers in Shenzhen get busy working a way of injecting power and splitting audio data out at the same time.
I will give Apple this: They are making the adaptors free with the phone so you can convert the lightning port to a traditional audio port.
But on a long airplane ride, you’ll be forced to choose… charge the phone, or listen to content from it… pay up for Bluetooth wireless headphones.
Let’s move onto the other major application – photography. The good news is that there’s a new lens, coming it at f1.8 in six groups, with a 12 megapixel sensor.
For photographers who have a love of Bokeh, your prayers are answered in the iPhone 7 Plus allowing software produced bokeh at a later date. The twin-lens solution on the iPhone 7 Plus also helps with a 2x optical zoom and a 10x digital zoom.
Oh, finally… thinking about getting that lovely Jet Black iPhone… here’s a warning from Apple:
The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.
In other words: expect scratches. What’s the term I’m looking for here…. ah yes. Oops.
There are a few things that spring to mind with these things:
Apple AirPods – Image, Apple.
- They last five hours – that won’t survive a Transatlantic or US Transcontinental fight.
- I wager most will be lost within month.
- God help you if you loose those down the mechanics of a business class seat. There’s little Li-Polymer/Li-Ion batteries in those things, and the last thing you’d want are the mechanics of a seat crushing those things and setting off a fire on a plane.
- $159? I can think of better things to waste my cash on…
- And more geekly… don’t they remind you of the EarPods from Doctor Who?
Doctor Who Cybermen Earpods – Image, BBC Worldwide.
I’m sure these products will be sure-fire hits with the faithful, and I’m sure there will be queues as always to buy the first iPhone 7.
As for me… I’m holding back for now. I personally need convincing that the removal of the headphone socket is a good thing, because I’m sure as hell not a fan of Bluetooth headphones, and I have this funny user requirement to listen to my music whilst charging my phone.
It’s an odd concept I know… but one that Apple doesn’t want to know about these days.
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