It has been almost two weeks since the BBQ Crew sat down to discuss the big reveals from Apple's September hardware event
And in that short amount of time we ve been given a bunch of updates to Macs, iPhones, Apple TVs, watches and that speaker that needs a coaster under it, so it doesn t harm your wooden table. Then for good measure, not the iOS 12 feature I promise, Apple let loose a duo of .1 updates for tvOS
And Watch OS
That means the person who had 10 days or less on the first patch release betting pool needs to come on down! and collect your prize!
To be brutally honest, after 10 years of watching these events, I ve become somewhat unmoved by anything iPhone. Even more so since the phrase and you can buy one starting today has disappeared from the Apple keynotes. I really think they lose momentum with this pre-order Friday and wait thing they do now. Along that front, as someone who then talks about this stuff for a living, making snap judgements about the new shiny becomes more of a crapshoot because you must pull information out of the either to speak about it later with some form of confidence that you interpreted 30 outlets of news coverage correctly from your Apple event assumptions. To be fair, this is also the way we must approach Google and Microsoft events too. It s just that many more read and listen to the Apple ones. By the way, thank you for reading one of these articles. I know I haven t done one in ages.
Now I ve been known to say some comments that some might take as me being just a tad sarcastic. Hmm, no lightning strikes or frayed lightning cables after I wrote that. Whew, that is a sigh of relief. Anyway, I m going to say this right at the top of this post. I held a Series 4 Apple Watch and I liked it. It made me feel like my Series 3 was a brick. It felt so right. It felt Um, song reprises aside. The 4 is cool in my opinion with none of that based upon the larger display. Although, I will say that it is just a smidge bigger than the earlier 38 and 42mm editions. But this is offset by the weight and width being the same smidge smaller. Together these changes really balance the devices out quite nicely. So be sure to read the reviews of the Apple Watch section if you are considering purchasing one when, or if, they ever come back in stock.
Below you will find links to articles, reviews and tips that caught my ear post launch. Feel free to send along your own thoughts to the Qast feedback emailOr drop them in the comments section at the bottom.
Did I mention that you can trade in an existing Apple Watch towards the purchase of a new one for good money at the Apple Store? No, I didn't? Keep that in mind when reading the below links.
Remember that the iPhone X R doesn't arrive until next month. Perhaps it will bring new iPads and Airpower with it when it lands on store shelves.
This section is meant to be more of a thing about Siri Shorcuts with a few bonus links thrown in for good measure. Again, not the iOS 12 feature.
We didn't get to cover this on episode 157 due to the delay in the launch window of this update. So for continuity's sake, I really need to stop using these terms out of Apple context, here is a ton of bits about the latest OS.Articles
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.