38 models of Apple watch, presumably powered by the sound of Steve Jobs spinning in his grave.
Entry level price: $350 for the aluminium model.
You know what’s a really terrible material to make a watch casing out of? Aluminium. Soft metal. If you’re anything like me it’ll be covered in small dents after a year or two. Still, you can buy next year’s model then, right?
You want a watch that won’t dent up in no time? $550.
You want a gold Apple watch? It’ll cost you $10,000+ and the respect of everyone who isn’t a complete Donald Trump.
Battery life? They say “up to” 18 hours. According to the small print, that figure assumes 45 minutes of app use, 30 minutes of music playback, and a bunch of time checks. If you want heart rate monitoring, though, the maximum battery life is 7 hours, so better get a Fitbit.
Also, useless unless you have an iPhone. So for a lot of people, it’s not even an option; and for those who do currently have an iPhone, it’s a major piece of lock-in to prevent you changing your mind next year.
The new MacBook is now more expensive than the entry level MacBook Pro, and the same price as the new MacBook Pro. That seems a strange decision to me, the Air and Pro were already too similar.
The new laptop is a triumph of design minimalism over practicality: only one port, a USB port which you also use to charge it. Luckily you never want to use AC power and plug in USB devices at the same time, do you?
The new laptop also uses the new reversible USB Type C connector. In the long run, that’ll be great, and I look forward to it — but right now, it’s an excuse to gouge you another $80 for a dongle so you can plug in any existing USB device.
On the positive side: the rumored new keyboard layout turned out not to be reality.