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Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by logicstudiouser, Jun 5, 2017.
I thought this was an improved keynote over the last few years.
Easy A+, last years was a dud and as a Microsoft fan I definitely felt we had the better conference that year; but today Apple came out swinging.
I only got a little bored during some of Phil's bit with the pod, as he was repeating what could be read, but that aside they knocked this one out of the park, and to be honest it gave me that old Apple buzz!
I hope this continues and now I can say; I don't know what Microsoft is going to pull, to out do this one but I am looking forward to it.
Best performance since Cook took over IMO and a pleasure to watch, put a massive smile on my face!
Oh and not too much Pokémon talk; thank goodness!
P.s. There was not a product announced today that I did not want to buy, with a bit of saving I will be getting homepod (don't like that name), Ipad and possibly the Imac over the MacBook pro or vice versa.
I know someone around these parts will moan about the lack of space grey normal Imac and to my non-surprise someone already slagged off the Imac pro, but you can't please everybody.
Would have liked to have seen more iOS features specific to the iPhone as well as improvements to Siri (I currently use Android and would like to see Siri compete with Google Assistant/Google Now), but really in all other areas, Apple had some great things to announce. iOS on the iPad is a huge update. And some of the performance updates to the Mac were welcome as well. Couple that with hardware announcements and I can't find much reason to complain.
I'm not particularly "excited" about any of the announcements (I really wanted some big changes on the iPhone side of iOS), but I also accept that this is 2017 and I have become jaded. iOS and smartphones as platforms have matured and I really can't expect too much.
What I am excited to see is how devs use the new machine learning and AR/VR API's. I feel that those features will show their value in time.
It's a developers conference. I/O was super boring, too.
I gave it a B+.
I like the new iMac Pro and the whole official confirmation of eGPUs knocked it out of the park.
With that said, even though a lot of other things got spec bumps and price drops, the tbMBP still has too many faults that I don't like. One of the glaring issues is the still poor battery life compared to its predecessor. I'm sort of itching to spend money on a new laptop, but I don't HAVE to do it now and there's nothing Apple is making that to me is a have to have.
I was just glad there were some Mac hardware upgrades.
As others have voted, B+. Solid iOS and macOS updates. Some upgrades to the iMac and MacBook lineup, and a new product. Can't complain.
Every OS deserves a Snow Leopard or a Windows 7. Glad both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra are Snow Leopard moments
I'd say B+ maybe A-
What I liked:
Craig was charismatic, and energetic, but not over the top. Last year it seemed forced and a bit contrived. We didn't see pictures of squirrels and what not. Dispensed with the useless chatter about robots and what not.
Hardware announcements were welcome, though I was hoping for more then a spec bump on the MBP. I was surprised to see the iMac get some love, but it was a nice surprise.
WatchOS was a nice update, looks impressive.
iOS11 looks really nice, this is probably one of the few times, I'm tempted to load it on an iPad or my phone.
What I didn't like
The name of the macOS - At first I thought it was a horrible name, but then they trotted out the home pod and well, that took the crown for bad names (imo).
Aside from the new FS, I was very underwhelmed by high sierra, though it may be a nice move to stabilize the OS, but in comparison to iOS, it seems Apple is focusing so much more energy in iOS. Given that its their major money maker, I understand why.
What I'm not sure about
Home Pod, given Siri's lack of ability (at least in its current form), questions the usefulness of it.
iMac Pro, I don't need this, but given that heavy hitting processing power, in a tight space, I wonder about its cooling ability (or how load those fans will be)
In the ends, I walked away very impressed hence my B+, there some things that didn't interest me (no big deal), some head scratching things, but overall a nice keynote.
I can understand being a little bit underwhelmed by High Sierra, but the Safari update and the ARKit and Metal improvements left me drooling.
I think they largely wrecked the usecase for the Surface too with the iOS iPad updates.
One thing that was very clear...every one of Apple's other 3 platforms took a backseat to iOS 11.
tvOS and watchOS - pretty much nothing
macOS - refinements to Sierra
Having the final reveal of the keynote be iOS Files with iPadPro, suggests Apple thinks this is the future.
I was pretty amazed at how much focus Apple put on the Macs and the iPads, given how much more money Apple makes from the iPhone. It shows that they really do care about more than just money. But I was pretty happy with the keynote overall and I would rate it A+.
It definitely makes the iPad more powerful, but since the iOS apps are still more limited in features and function, the Surface is still a better choice. I mean you can easily hook up a mouse, or an external drive to a SP, you cannot do so with the iPAd. PS, LR and other apps are more powerful then their iOS counterparts.
The changes are a step in the right direction for sure, but they seem almost like bandages. They need to develop a new metaphor/paradigm to harness the power of the device and the touch screen.
Right now, IMHO, iOS slows users down...it's "in the way" instead of making it easier to get things done quickly.