Since I was interacting directly with Twitter today for the first time in a few weeks, I wanted to somehow collect the thoughts I shared there and the things I am thinking about now that the event is over.
12:14 PM - I noticed this as well. They must be focusing specifically on iPhone (and accessories) since these media events rarely go past 1.5 hours. https://twitter.com/rjonesy/status/907652799688835073
12:15PM - Exactly. https://twitter.com/siracusa/status/907653754777989121
1:28PM - Face ID is necessary for hard winters.
1:31PM - No contingencies set up for a Face/Off style situation…
1:40PM - Good thing I don’t hate my own face since will be an animated emoji now.
1:53PM - Now is the time to madly refresh the http://Apple.com website until all is up-to-date.
1:54PM - Also, goodbye to Twitter again until the next event that makes it worth using…
I always attempt to digest Apple events before reporting out on them in any way, but I have to say that it was an odd one. I think all of the updates announced were solid, but I just don’t know that I will be capitalizing on any of the announcements right at launch. In contrast, previous upgrade cycles have felt like no-brainers.
I have an iPhone 7 on the iPhone Upgrade Program and I have been happy with this model. The iPhone 8 doesn’t appear to be that big of an update for me and the iPhone X is, as expected, more expensive. In addition, that model is aspirational in nature and while I would love having the newest and best, my happiness with the iPhone 7 leads me to believe that I might want to take a wait-and-see approach with things like Face ID, Wireless Charging, and the lack of home button.
The iPhone aside, the announcements regarding the Apple Watch and the Apple TV are intriguing. I welcome the upgrade of all my iTunes content to 4K and would be interested in having the new Apple TV 4K, but I don’t know that I feel pressure to upgrade. In addition, the Series 3 Watch is a nice update to a solid product, but my “Series 0” Stainless Steel marches on and does exactly what I need it to do.
Possibly the most interesting announcement from a technology perspective (and one of the many reasons I have upgraded in the past) is the one that got relatively little fanfare on stage: Apple has designed and implemented its own GPU. The A11 Bionic chip can do a lot of interesting things, especially given it is a first generation design in that way. Apple has set itself apart in many ways with its in-house CPU designs, so I have no reason to think the in-house GPU designs will be any different.
To be honest, the feeling that has enveloped me just after recent Apple events has been
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.