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The lifecycle of Apple objects

My long-held, not entirely accurate reputation as an Apple fanboy might be in jeopardy: other than AirPods (which, btw, still don’t stay securely in my ears) I don’t own a single current gen Apple device at the moment.  I’m still happily rocking my three-year-old iPhone 6S Plus, and while the devices that feel the slowest in daily usage are my iPad and my Apple Watch the one I’m most likely to upgrade next is the oldest: my 2011 (2011!!!) MacBook Air.  The Air still runs surprisingly well but now that I’m unable to upgrade it to the latest Mac OS I think the end is nigh.

Here’s the aging profile of my current Apple loadout, from oldest device to newest device:

I was really hoping the new MacBook Air would present a clear choice for my next computer but its corresponding new higher price just confuses Apple’s entire lineup.  Why are there now three vaguely differentiated product lines—the MacBook, the new MacBook Air and the 13″ MacBook Pro—all at basically the same price point?  And we might as well throw in the newest (and also more expensive) iPad Pro now that Apple’s started comparing it directly to other laptops.

Who will bring order to this chaos?  Who will tell me where to throw the money??

Some thoughts on Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote

  1. I like the focus of watchOS 3. It’s a relief they’ve realized that the worst thing about Apple Watch is the ludicrous load times for apps and waiting for info to display or update; I find it surprisingly torturous even for a v1 product, and if it had been up to me I wouldn’t have launched with that experience. Now whether v1 watch hardware can really be as fast as the demo promises is another question, but at least they’re trying to do something to improve this for current watch owners. This is the first developer preview I’m going to install immediately.
  2. Siri on OS X (now rebranded to macOS) was a no-brainer, I really expected it to happen much earlier. It’ll be fascinating to see whether Amazon can maintain its lead with Alexa/Echo as everyone else tries to build out their own voice platforms.
  3. Continuity across devices continues to take small steps forward, now with things like Universal Clipboard and even the ApplePay on web integration. We’re slowly, slowly making it towards the killer app of flinging your display windows across devices like Tony Stark does in Iron Man 2.
  4. I’m more than a little horrified at how much of iOS 10’s demo time was devoted to emoji and other iMessage bubble features. Sigh. On one hand I admire Apple for being hip to where today’s hotness is. On the other I wish we as a society were focused on more substantial things. We wanted flying cars…