Apple Watch Series 2
Apple showed off the Apple Watch Series 2 first in hardware. They also announced Pokemon GO will be coming to the Apple Watch. This next generation watch will be water resistant for up to 50 meters. You can shower and swim with it on without an issues. It contains a new “S2” SiP with a dual-core processor being 50% faster than the last generation’s. It also has a new GPU that’s 2x as powerful and supports 60fps animations. The display is two times brighter at 1000 nits. GPU makes an appearance built-in so that you can run while leaving your phone in another place. It starts at $369 and the “Series 1” (last generation) will start at $269 now with the updated processor only.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced yesterday and both will be available on September 16. The iPhone 7 will start at $649 while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769. Pre-orders start on September 9th and iOS 10 will be available on September 13.
What’s missing is the headphone jack and the pressable home button. Now the home button is force sensitive and works with a new taptic engine. Instead of a headphone jack, a lightning adapter and cables will be required for wired headphones. The two phones will also now be water and dust resistant, as they’re playing catch up with Samsung’s devices. The available colors include black, jet black (looks super glossy and looks like a potential fingerprint magnet), gold, silver, and rose gold. In the box comes a pair of lightning connection earbuds and 3.5mm headphone to lightning adapter.
Apple also introduced their new bluetooth headphones called AirPods. These will cost you $159 for five hours on one charge and can charge while they’re in the case. One neat feature about these is the infrared sensor that detects if it is in your ear and will then turn on.
The iPhone 7 has a new 12MP camera with a high-speed sensor and optical stabilization. The front camera is now set to 7MP. The iPhone 7 Plus will have two 12 MP camera lenses including one of them being a telephoto camera to obtain 2x optical zoom.
The screens are still retina displays with the same resolutions but will be 25% brighter and have 3D Touch integrated in them. The new A10 Fusion processors are in both phones and are said to be 40x faster than the iPhone 6s processor.
My Take On All of This
While the camera is somewhat impressive on the iPhone 7 Plus model and it’s nice to finally have water and dust resistance, it still leaves me disappointed. You’re getting the same screen resolutions that are starting to be dated when compared to the Quad-HD displays and AMOLED displays. There’s still no fast charging or wireless charging. It essentially looks the same but the jet black one looks potentially cheap and like a fingerprint magnet. Why did they have to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack? Was it absolutely necessary? It seems that we’re still going to have 2GB RAM while Android flagships have moved onto 4GB RAM with true multitasking. I do have to say thank you for getting rid of the 16GB storage variant!
I also think that the AirPods are extremely overpriced and that they just look like EarPods with the wires cut off. They have a strange stick hanging out from them. But the infrared sensors are a neat idea.
The Apple Watch never impressed me and the pretty much identical-looking Series 2 doesn’t do much for me either. Why are you keeping last gen’s models and still charging $269?!? That’s insanely high. It is nice that you can now shower and swim with the watches on and they’re slightly faster because Series 1 was pretty sluggish.