Just curious as to who may buy a new Apple product after the announcements on Tuesday. Well, you can throw in Android stuff too, but I just don’t keep track of those products very much.
I’ve normally upgraded by iPhone every two years (once I did it on consecutive years because I wanted a particular improvement). My iPhone X would thus be due for upgrading.
However, I haven’t really heard of any big changes other than 3 camera lenses if I opt for the higher models. Phones today are pretty mature technologies so hard to come up with something really new.
I did like the two lenses because I wanted the zoom. The wide angle would be handy on the new ones since most of my pictures are of scenery in Hawaii, but maybe not worth upgrading at these high prices. If they do a night mode like the Pixel does, that may really interest me, but it is possible that can be done on older phones with an iOS upgrade?
My feeling is it may be better to just wait another year this time, especially since I just got a new battery and screen for my X under warranty!
The Apple Watch is something I really like. I have the series 4 now. No big update is expected. I think the only thing that may motivate me to upgrade would be if they had a new sensor that I’d really like. Be able to check blood pressure or blood sugar would be very nice, but I don’t think we’ll see either one for a long time.
Other possible products - improved Homepod (or a new, smaller, less expensive one) would be of interest, but living in a condo, I always have to keep in mind that I need to keep volumes down. So filling up a room with big sound isn’t a good option for me. Besides, a lot of my music is classical, so you will often have stuff that is really soft (requiring volume not be to low to hear), and then get very loud.
I also had one before and it kept failing to find much of my music. I can’t remember the details, but it was either the music “matched” by iTunes or the music that did not need to be matched (iow, that I bought from Apple) that would not be found. Each time I had to restart the system again to get it to work for a little while. It also was not very good at responding to my commands, even if I was loud and close to it. This happened with two different units. I worry that I’ll just run into those problems again. But I do love the sound of them!
The possible Tile type accessory is of interest. I never bought a Tile. I felt they were too expensive (and I’d be shocked if Apple had a better price!) and then what happens when the battery dies? As I understand i, you just have to buy a new Tile, which makes the cost issue even bigger.
Apple TV shows, Apple Music, I don’t care much about. I tend to like to own my music and I’m not really into the latest rock stuff. I mostly own the old classics, older jazz type stuff. I might be interested in their game service. I need to research it some. I mean, if you sign up for it for a couple months and stop, do I lose the games I already got? I have LOTS of games, but I found most didn’t hold my interest for long and, frankly, most new games I hear about just seem like the same old stuff in a new wrapper. When a reviewer talks about “the great soundtrack” or “retro graphics” more than anything else, I figure the game itself may be lacking!
But if I can keep games if I drop out later, then it might be worth it to sign up for short periods once in awhile. Much like some people will sign up for the CBS service to binge watch all the Star Trek episodes they have and then stop until the next year’s season is over and repeat.