I'm probably the only one on this site who gets excited about this stuff.
But I don't care! Greetings, everyone, I know it's been some time since I posted something on here that wasn't an emotional update of some kind, but for some reason, this always seems to brighten my mood.
Today, Apple once again hosted a big event to talk about where they stand, and what's to come next. One of the only things I have to sit down and watch, much like my family does for something like American Idol or Dancing with the Stars. To me, this is that "I-have-to-watch-this" kind of thing.
So starting out the keynote was Apple TV. Ooooh, maybe something actually new will come to the Apple TV! Or so I hoped. What it did get though was a brand new channel by HBO, an exclusive channel with plenty of much loved series, like Game of Thrones. But because I don't watch much TV, this didn't seem to hook me all that much. Unfortunately, there was nothing new about the Apple TV - although I am happy that Apple does acknowledge its existence rather than making it a separate category in its store - but the price was dropped down to $69, which is really great. If you have a ton of devices from Apple, you should take the time to add this to your collection.
The next topic was the Mac, humorously teasing the audience because everyone knew what they wanted - the Apple Watch, but that's for later. The Mac was the second subject of the morning, particularly the notebook side of things, where Apple called in the rebirth of the MacBook. Not the Air or Pro, the middle ground between the two known as the MacBook, which hasn't seen an update for... nine years? Sometime around that time. Anyway, the new MacBook can now easily be called that middle ground between the other two notebooks, as it has a similar form factor like the MacBook Air, but not as strong tech specs as the MacBook Pro. It comes with a ton of new improvements and revisions that really change it up, such as a new trackpad that includes a force touch and taptic engine, both of which are seen in the Apple Watch, so this is probably one of the first laptops to give you actual feedback for something. It's also drastically thinner and lighter, even more than the Air itself, surprisingly enough. What's a bigger surprise is the elimination of the fan, which makes it much thinner in size, and making the rest of the motherboard so much smaller, I think you could put a credit card and a half together and that's probably the width of the motherboard. The rest of the laptop is battery. What else is very pleasing is that the MacBook now has colors again, albeit taking notes from its iOS counterparts. It comes in the classic silver, but now is available in space gray and gold, available starting at $1,299. While I am happy to see color, I'm still not so keen on the gold color. I was never a fan of the color, especially when the secondary color used on iPhones and iPads now is white. Space gray and black, silver and white, gold and... white. It doesn't exactly work. I think it would work better as gold and cream or sepia, but whatever.
Finally, the moment we were all waiting on, the Apple Watch! As one could tell, Apple went through a recap of what the device could do and such, just to remind everyone of its existence. But what I think was more on everyone's mind - including my own - was more specs for the thing, price ranges, and release dates. Unfortunately, I was expecting battery life to be able to last all day, but I guess 18 hours is good enough. I also was hoping for the thing to be released before my birthday next month to make it a really kickass birthday present, but I suppose April 10 for preorders and a release April 24 is good enough. But I think the biggest surprise was its prices. Apple Watch is split into three collections: Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Edition, in that order by price. When it was first unveiled back in September 2014, the Apple Watch was shown to be starting at $349, but for which one? This meant that two of the other three collections had higher price points.
Now, it's shown that the starting price belongs to the Watch Sport collection. One of my problems with the Apple Watch in terms of pricing is an increase in price based on size. The Apple Watch comes in two sizes: a 38mm and 42mm watch face, to accommodate for your wrist. The $349 price belongs to the 38mm Watch Sport, but for the 42mm size, the price goes up by $50. That's really not how it should work; you make two watch face sizes to give you a choice based on the size of your wrist, but if you need the bigger size, you have to pay more for it, rather than it being a standard choice that doesn't cost more. But of the Watch Sport, you can choose between a silver or space gray aluminum enclosure for both prices.
Moving onto the Apple Watch collection reveals my second problem with them: the price of the Apple Watch depends not only on the face size, but also on color and the band you put on it, so with all that said, the price can be between $549 and $1,099. To me, that's very ridiculous. To think that trying to customize your new smartwatch with a new band can cost more than the device itself is extremely vague, if I'm using that correctly. When looking at the bands for the Apple Watch family separately, depending on what type you get determines the price. You can choose between a sport band, classic loop, milanese loop, modern buckle, leather loop, or link bracelet, each increasing in price. A sport band costs $49, while the link bracelet by itself costs $449. There's so much more you could by for $449! No way I'd get something like that! The most expensive in the collection is a space black stainless steel 42mm Apple Watch with a black stainless steel link bracelet band goes for $1,099, around the same price one of the MacBooks run, or a pretty decent computer. Already that's outrageous, and I'm seriously curious on how many people will throw down money for it.
The last of the three is the Apple Watch Edition, which uses 18-karat gold and rose gold for its enclosure. Nothing much was shown or said about this collection, other than they will be available at select retailers and be in very limited supply. I'm almost certain that, using SimCity terms for a second, these things will be available at high wealth shops. After taking a brief look through the Apple Online Store, the prices range from $10,000 to $17,000. Surprisingly, if you took the most expensive base model Mac Pro, and deck it out with all the top internal specifications, such as RAM, graphics, processor, and storage, and ignore adding a monitor, peripherals, or software, it's still cheaper than the least expensive Apple Watch Edition. I seriously wonder who will buy one of these, but one of them is a tech reviewer on YouTube, who is being looked at to buy and review the Edition, despite its price tag, who is already preordering the new MacBooks to review them already (I feel bad for him, but it's what he does).
In all, a great keynote and makes me more excited for the Apple Watch. I really do want one, I love this kind of tech and would really love to have a smartwatch to go with my iPhone, but at this point in time, although I can afford one, I'm kind of stuck between what should come first. The Apple Watch, as I said, is available on April 24, and can work with the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus. I have the 5, so the Apple Watch can work with my phone. However, I feel as if the battery life is starting to shrink on me, but more noticeably because I have an app recording my steps running in the background, which drains my battery a lot faster than without it running. As much as I should probably turn it off, I do like to have my movements recorded instead of manually putting them into the Fitness app, as my phone can't do that manually. Having an Apple Watch tied to the iPhone at all times, with that app running, I expect my phone to die by the time I get home from a day at work. On the other hand, by that point in time, I will have my phone contract up for renewal, and plan to get an iPhone 6 Plus in place of my 5. What appealed to me with the iPhone 6 Plus is how long its battery can last, recorded by others to not be able to drain the phone's batter from 100% to 0% in a single day. You can charge it to full, use it throughout the day, and still have charge left over for the next day, and that appeals to me so much. I love something I use all the time every day last all day long. But only time will tell.
So that takes care of my impressions for today's event. Not sure how many will actually read through this, but I felt like sharing my opinions on it.
Listening to: Owl City - The Midsummer Station
Watching: John Plays: Sonic the Hedgehog 2006
Playing: SimCity & Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Eating: Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dessert Bowl