Apple’s September 10th Event – Opinions

So, this morning was Apple’s highly anticipated and majorly hyped iPhone event. We all knew what they were going to launch, even they knew that we knew what they were going to launch. That being said there were some things that did not seem to appear in the rumor mill and some things that were highly inaccurate and disappointing.

Let’s start it off with the iPhone 5C. We presumed this was coming for almost two years now, and it’s just like we expected. Exactly like the iPhone 5 but made of plastic, or as Jonny Ive calls it “Unapologetic plastic”. I wouldn’t know how it feels until I get to hold it for myself but considering it’s an Apple product it should feel premium nonetheless. They also  showed off this case that looks like a preschool kid took a hole puncher to a normal silicon case. Some may like it, I do not. Aside from that the only difference with the 5C and the 5 is a slightly larger battery and a better front facing camera. This brings up the question, would you rather get a 5 for a lower price or get a 5C? I know I would rather get the 5 as it feels more premium (I presume) as compared to the 5C, however in America where most people rely on a contract based system it makes more sense to get the 5C since the 5 has been discontinued officially. You also have to take this from Apple’s standpoint, the 5C is cheaper to make than the 5 and would be a newer product so it would obviously sell better than last years model. Also, the 5C is intended to be sold to people that have never owned iPhone’s before. Consumers would be more attracted to picking up a newer but now “mid-ranged” handset rather than an older model, no matter the specifications, that’s just the way our brain works. But fore some of us, where we buy phones off contract and prepaid, it makes more sense to pick up the iPhone 5 since it most probably will be the same price of the 5C when it launches here and the 5 is aluminium and therefore more premium, as I’ve mentioned. One thing that really upsets me about the 5C is that it’s still an ‘On-Contract’ phone.  For months we heard that Apple was going to stick out it’s middle finger to the carriers and release the phone of contract for a price of approx. $329 pre-paid, which would have made this one of the most sought after phones in history, purely due to it’s ready availability and no requirement to commit to a 2 year contract.

 

Moving on we have the iPhone 5S. Now a lot of people are disappointed at the lack of innovation with this model but you come to expect that with the S model phones. In fact the 5S is a bigger jump from the 5 as compared to the 4S from the 4. That being said there isn’t really much to talk about here. There’s the fingerprint scanner which is just as gimmicky and unrequired as Siri, although I could see a  lot of people using that for the App Store downloads. I hate having to put in my password every single time and the finger print could be really useful for that and not much else. It all depends on developer support. They also have a new A7 chip with 64bit architecture, which in my opinion is major overkill and not even needed on a phone, I would understand putting it on the iPad (better performance for vide.o and photo editing apps) but other than that I’m not too sure about it. Who knows, it could increase performance and we might end up giving up the ‘number of cores race’ in favour for better architecture. The one feature that I actually care about in the 5S is the new flash they have going on. It’s a flash with every colour temperature, which means that instead of just bursting a light like normal it will choose the intensity and colour of the light to flash according to the subject, this would make your snaps from that night at the club a little less icky and really complement skin tones. I don’t really use flash much so I wouldn’t use this feature but I guess it would be nice to have sometimes.

That was bascially all that was important from Apple’s event, iOS 7 will begin rollout on September 18th and they spoke about other minor things that no one cares about. No iWatch, No TV, no new iPad. What do you think? Will that be sometime next year or in October? Do you want to pick up either one of the new iPhones? I personally would not given how much I love android and there’s not much in iOS that can really pull me away from that but it’s still always fun to play with new technology.

Until next time folks!

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My Thoughts On Apple’s Oct 23 event.

So I’ve just finished watching up on all the recaps and the keynote of the Apple event, and I have a lot off opinions. Some good, Some bad. I’ll categorize them by product then give you an overall conclusion, this is my SAT prep getting in the way of my blogging btw.

1. iPad Mini

this is probably what the entire event was for, and here’s what I feel. First of all, I’m really pissed at Apple because of the way they dissed the Nexus 7, I respected Apple as a company, until that. I mean it’s okay to diss a product of you’re competitor but not when the product you’re offending has specifications that are generations ahead of the Product you’re announcing. The iPad Mini has the same processor as the iPad 2, a dual core chip with dual core graphics. The Nexus 7 comes with a Quad Core chip along a whopping 13 core graphics. How ya like that? The display on the Nexus is crisp and bright whereas the ipad mini’s display doesn’t even come close. One advantage that the Mini has is it’s iSight camera similar to that of the iPad 3, that’s a good shooter for a 7 inch tablet. It also claims to be as thin as a pencil but I’ll have to see it before I can judge. And to be honest, the iPad Mini looks like shit. I loved the 9.7″ on the iPad and even at times prefer using my iPad over my Transformer (for reading news and that sorta stuff) but the Mini has a less than striking form factor, but that’s just my opinion.

2. iPad 4

WTF?? Seriously, now this is bound to really piss anyone off. The iPad 3 was launched around only 7 months back, ONLY 7 MONTHS! and they’ve already signed it’s death certificate. If there’s one thing Apple is known for it’s for their yearly product cycle and always being true to their products, I don’t really know how to explain what I mean by that. I guess I can use an example. When people go to buy a product, they want to know that if they’re spending a lot of money on that product it’s going to be around for a while and won’t be discontinued so quickly. That’s one of the main things I loved about apple. You could buy an Apple product and 2 year’s later it would still be the “in thing”. But it seems like that’s not gonna happen anymore. This particularly bothers me because my dad just bought the iPad 3 in June and it’s already been discontinued?!?! how would that make you feel? The only thing that they claim to have upgraded was the front facing camera and the processor (although it’s still dual core, bummer) was it really a necessary upgrade? Couldn’t they wait till next year and keep the iPad 3 owners happy, now they might have even lost a bunch of loyal customers. What this proves is that Apple felt threatened by the launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablet that they felt they had the need to remind people of how “amazing” their products are.

3. 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display

Now this is a product I have personally been waiting for for a long time. It’s thinner, lighter, faster, more powerful and to top it all off it has that gorgeous retina display! My God is that thing a beauty. It’s crisp, rich, beautiful and elegant, everything a man needs in a girl (ba dum tiss). Seriously though, some people complain that “ohh there’s no disc drive, it’s useless” I say do away with that monstrosity! it’s not like anyone uses discs anymore. Send it the way of the floppy! Sayonara cd’s! My only gripe with the MBP is that it doesn’t have a decent video card! The Macbook pro has always been the perfect computer for an aspiring filmmaker as it’s mobile and has all the power needed to edit videos on the fly, most students in a filmmaking course use 13 inch macbook pro’s, the 15 inch is a bit too big to carry around and not to mention really pricey! Now that the MBP is running Intel Integrated Graphics (Eww! i know!) it’s not going to be able to edit video all that great, sure it would pull off some basic edits but throw some Magic Bullet on that bad boy and it’s going to choke! It’s a great laptop, one of the best in my opinion but it’s not for everyone.

4. Mac Mini

I love the idea of the Mac Mini, a not so expensive mac for people who want to dive into the ecosystem but not spend so much money. There’s not much to say about the new Mac Mini, it contains all the updates you would come to expect, faster ram, better processor and the usual. One thing to note is that, again, no graphics card. The mac mini is basically an MBP without the display. So why do they call it a desktop computer? it has a mobile motherboard, mobile RAM, and mobile everything, its not really a desktop.

5. iMac

I LOVE THE NEW iMAC! That is all. haha, all joking aside, it really is gorgeous. Have you seen it? it’s so thin! and Beautiful! The Specs are decent and finally I can say this, it has a VIDEOCARD! The display is gorgeous and I’m sure windows 8 will look bause on it (don’t hate). Again my only gripe is that due to it’s mobility, it’s got mobile architecture and you can’t really replace the components within it. So what happens in two years when the hardware in your iMac get’s outdated and you want to replace it? On a PC you can just open the case, change one or two components and you’re good to go, on the new iMac, tough luck bro.

apple was a respectable company but it seems like ever since the passing of
Steve Jobs the company has been going downhill, having products with no real
“zing” to them. In my opinion, apple felt threatened by Microsoft’s launch of
the Surface tablet and Windows 8 and Google’s upcoming launch of the Nexii (plural
of nexus) and therefore chose to have a sudden event that so convienently occured
before Microsoft and Google’s events. This clearly shows that they knew that they
would have problems, especially since they’ve already lost a ton of market share
to the Nexus and are bound to loose some to the Surface. It might be a smart move,
but I don’t think it’s ethical. I honestly think it’s brilliant that they chose
to do that, but they shouldn’t have dissed the nexus the way they did, it was a
pussy move to make and shows how unproffesional they can be. I have forever lost
my respect for apple as a ccompany.

p.s. Saahil if you’re reading this I’m sorry, I know you’re a fanboy
but you have to face the reality, apple is declining. Their dissipation
is near.

The New iPad

As you’ve probably already heard, there’s a new iPad, big whoop! 

Last night at Apple’s Media event, they announced the 3rd generation of the Apple TV and the 3rd iPad, dubbed just the new iPad. The only difference in the apple tv was 1080p, which doesn’t really make it a worthwhile upgrade. A new User Interface was also shown, but updates to the current generation of apple tv’s has already begun rolling out. If you were following my twitter, then you would know that I didn’t really give a shit. It launches march 16th at $99. 

On to the iPad, nothing that great besides the resolution. Yup, that’s right, 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), that’s more than HD, imagine watching ‘The Social Network’ on that. Other upgrades include a 5 megapixel iSight camera, similar to that of the iphone 4S, Quad Core Graphics on a Dual Core chip, Siri dictation(android ripoff) and 4GLTE, which has speeds of up to 74mbps, USA and Canada only. Also, it’s thicker and heavier than the iPad2, and its just called the iPad, no 3 or HD.  Launches March 16th starting at $499. Pre order from now. 

Probably the most important part of the entire keynote, Tim Cook ended with “We’re only just beginning” and stated there was much more to come in 2012, so here’s what I think. 

1. iPhone 5

yes, the smallest part of the revolution, it’s definitely what they start off with, and its surely coming

2.New iPod’s hopefully

Have I mentioned how much I hate the current gen Nano? well it’s shit. Super shit. The 4th gen was still the best, ever. 

3. iTV

No, not the apple TV, an actual TV with apple tv features in it, and hopefully, retina display!

4. Complete Re-vamp of the Mac line up.

Yes, newly redesigned Macbook Airs, Pros and iMacs. And my dream? Touch Screen with retina display and Siri. 

5. Mac OS 11

Probably what they are gonna end this year with, the new iteration of the Mac Operating System, it’s time to say goodbye to the MAC OS X name, it’s  had a long and full life, adn if windows is revamping, it’s time they try to keep up. 

Will I be buying the new iPad? No. Will I be buying the iPad 2 now that it’s $400? maybe. But I most probably will be buying a tablet this year for movies and youtube. I most probably will be getting the BB PlayBook though, cause it’s cheap 😀