A few thoughts on the new Apple products*
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+
They look good. Thin suckers. And believe me, for most of us, the size of the 4.7” iPhone 6 is a non issue. The 5.5” device will also find its audience. I see a lot of business men/women as well as a lot of younger women using 5.5”+ Android devices already today. Spec-wise, this new generation iPhones are pretty conservative and Apple will be able to boost CPU, RAM and camera specs without breaking a sweat with next year’s iPhone 6s with more megapixels, quad-core CPUs and double the RAM. As for the camera in the iPhone 6: Apple is really using the computing power of its devices to bring useful and easy to use features that $700+ enthusiast cameras are having trouble to match.
The Apple Watch:
As a first gen product it looks good. It will most certainly be a well machined gadget for the price and it has an impressive set of sensors which will probably work somewhat better than most competitors. This bulbous watch is not for me though. I waited for the iPhone 4 before I jumped on the iPhone train (now I’m using an Android device as my daily phone if someone’s counting). The digital crown and the zoom-grid of icons look very useful compared with having to swipe constantly through apps and widgets which often is the case with Android Wear. Speaking of which, a lot of aspects of the Apple Watch UI were very similar to Android Wear. Android Wear is not just a shrunken down version of Android as many Apple enthusiasts seem to believe. A note on smart watches in general: They make sense as on-the-go complements to today’s super sized smartphones, both Android and the iPhone 6+, which more often gets tucked away in a bag when on the move. It will be interesting to see the use cases of smart watches evolve going forward. As it is now, the category is not for me. Notifications on my wrist aren’t the droids I’m looking for.
Mobile payments using NFC is of course nothing new, but Apple’s take with Apple Pay using NFC in combination with Touch ID is already at the demo stage the most convincing implementation of mobile payments I’ve seen so far. And Apple’s sheer size and user base can give mobile payments in general the boost it needs in order to be widely adopted, which will enable other platforms to scale up their efforts as well.
* Slow-thinker? Maybe. I’ve also been away for a week without tumblr-access.