I even find myself thinking Jonny Ive is contradicting himself when I hear his statements on the 6 and remember his previous statements about the 5 and 5s. I’ve always bought the hype in the past, but I find myself being skeptical now. Maybe I’m falling out of love with apple?
I even think the double-touch screen move is a kludge that demonstrates that the display is too large - like admitting that it is ungainly to use. I can see myself getting frustrated and not delighted every time I’d have to do that. So many of my apps now have buttons at the top that I can’t reach easily already on the 5s.
I'm liking the look of the iPhone 6. The 6 Plus is too big for me, but the 4.7 seems to hit the spot. I have a year old 5S, so not an enormous leap forward, but tempting nonetheless. I'd like an Apple Watch just because I like shiny gadgets, but I'd be tempted to try a cheaper android variant first.
My 17 year old daughter made a good point as well. She said it's hard enough interacting normally with people now anyway because they're always on their phones - that's only going to get worse when people are staring at their watches all the time - and this from a 17 yr old who spends most of her time in the bedroom tethered to her iPad!
As far as it is concerned I laughed today at a local newspaper that said "Apple launches watch that can actually display time!". I wound't get one for sure and doubt it will put people outside shops queuing for that. It's girly looking and basically it will constantly tell you to sit down or stand up or run! What do I want that for?? and send my heartbeat to my doctor?? I want to send pictures, links, text, not heartbeats! And those silly drawings on screen?... and you talk about Samsung :-P
It looks well built, but I don't want to go around seeing moon or planets positions. I will get tired of my left arm being constantly up...
The larger one is not for me. Like with the Galaxy Notes.... It's. Too. Big.
And though I do wear a wristwatch as well as a GPS sports watch and frequently covet beautiful Swiss watches such as the Omega Speedmaster Professional (first watch on the moon!), I'm not yet sold on the Apple Watch, any more than I am sold on one from Samsung. I thought it was potentially the best of its kind, though, but still a tough sell as a truly mass market product - I'm just not sure what problem any wearable computing device is solving.
The above is a small selection of the comments I received yesterday via email, iMessage and through Lost In Mobile and with my own thoughts starting to clarify I feel quite different about things today than I did yesterday, and I can also make some wild predictions as to what will happen with the products announced on Tuesday.
The iPhone 6(s)
Initial comments from many, many people suggest that the 6 Plus is going to be the one which sells the least. It is obviously too big for a lot of people, especially hardened iPhone users who are used to a much smaller size, and as such I expect the standard sized 6 to sell in greater numbers, possibly up to 70% of total iPhone 6 sales.
Personally, I will not touch the 6 Plus because I used a Note 3 and the size was a problem for my particular usage. The Note 3 is fantastic, but just too big and the 6 Plus would be the same size without the S Pen and other features which truly take advantage of the bigger size. 128GB, a slightly bigger screen (which is making the phone far too big when compared to a Moto G with the same size screen) and camera improvements will be enough to make me jump. I still have concerns about the battery, but will live with that.
The Apple Watch
As was commented above, I'm just not sure what problem any wearable computing device is solving. This is so true and my experience with the Pebble highlighted to me that I do not want to be that close to my notifications throughout each day and that a phone is more than good enough for such tasks.
Apple has created a beautiful smart watch with many nice touches, but it does not solve any problems I have, it is not something I would want to put on my wrist anyway and perhaps most importantly, who will it appeal to?
It would be easy to say that there is no significant market for smart watches and that the lack of success shown in the sector to date is proof of that, but I have to say that I really don't see where the numbers will come from. Apple has a track record of making dormant or unheard of markets grow very quickly (smartphones, tablets etc), but I'm not so sure there is such a market for an advanced watch. Almost everyone I have spoken to on the subject has said that they do not want a smart watch. Actually it is everyone because I haven't spoken to people who are into mobile tech, just normal people who make up the vast majority of the potential market.
Then again, who wanted a smart phone when the original iPhone was introduced and look how many use them now. Eventually there may be a market for smart watches, but the current crop are not what will ignore it. Just like the very first iPhone and the early Android devices, these things will take time and we will likely go through many revisions before we get to a place where enough people are comfortable with such a device to make the market fly. I could very well be wrong and the Apple Watch could be a roaring success as soon as it is available, but the difference this time, for me, is that I have zero interest in such a product and Apple showed me nothing which changes that position in comparison to a Pebble, Android Wear watch or anything else. The quality looks good, but I remain in the camp that cannot see a good reason for such a device.
"I’ve always bought the hype in the past, but I find myself being skeptical now. Maybe I’m falling out of love with apple?"
That comment struck a chord with me. I sat there last night watching the event and for much of it I was also skeptical. When Yosemite was announced earlier this year I was excited by what I saw and have been quite impressed with previous events, but it felt as though the halo had slipped a little last night. You can only watch so many keynotes and see a company reverse their position on a few features before you start to think that a lot of it is just words.
Jony Ive doesn't help the situation and I swear his voice gets more annoying every single year. Even my son said "Here we go..." with a snigger just before he started talking in one of the videos. The keynotes have sold me on the products in the past, but for some reason it all fell flat this time for me. It felt too familiar, too contrived and completely ignored the fact that these bigger phones were what the iPhone had fought against for so long.
Despite all of that, I will be buying an iPhone 6 because the platform is by far my preference, but I'm not convinced Apple doesn't need to make some changes to the style to continually convince people these products are what they need, in spite of every higher share prices and continued success.
And they might want to avoid making adverts like the one below...