Happy new iPhone day! Our friends across the pond have already started receiving their deliveries, and in under an hour our own Apple stores will open for the iPhones to fly off the shelves. I mean, sure, people will be buying the new Apple Watch Series 2 today as well, but it’s all about the iPhone.
If yesterday was all about the iPhone and iOS 10, then today is about the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3. John Gruber’s review of both the hardware and software starts off with the shortcomings of both, then goes on to count the ways they’re either completely eliminated or almost entirely mitigated thanks to new hardware and software. Apple knows what people do with their Apple Watch, and they’ve made sure that both are front in centre in both releases.
John Gruber’s review of both iPhone 7 models doesn’t say as much about as the improvement as it does the detractors to the iPhone experience this time around, but that’s nothing compared to the one-word mention he gives the lack of a headphone jack in passing when referring to Beats headphones. He points out that the Home button on the new iPhones doesn’t feel as good as the physical clicknesss its predecessors, but it’s a minor blemish for an otherwise all-round improved device.
The first images from the iPhone 7 Plus have been show off on Sports Illustrated, who took the dual-camera system for a spin at a NFL game. Unsurprisingly, the photos look great — even if they come without the special portrait mode that will add background blur.
John Gruber’s thoughts and observations on last week’s iPhone 7 event say that for all the leaks, Apple were still able to pull out a few surprises in the form of Super Mario Run and resurrecting iWork from the grave and granting it +1 to collaboration. He spends a fair few more paragraphs talking about the new Apple Watch lineup, mostly because there just isn’t much to say about the new iPhones, given that Apple improved basically every aspect of the device.
For the first time since the iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has proudly announced first weekend sales as a kind of badge of honour. It’s some part “look at how many iPhone’s we’ve sold in a tiny period of time”, some part “every year we sell more of these than ever before”, but this time around, they won’t be doing so. The reasoning behind is that Apple’s distribution network has expanded, and the numbers will reflect supply, rather than demand. With the iPhone 7 launching in 28 countries on day one instead of the usual two, three, or four, you can see what kind of a difference that will make to launch-weekend numbers.
Here’s the summary you were looking for: the headphone jack is dead, there’s these new wireless headphones called AirPods, and Apple did their own quick-fire, 107-second wrap up of the event so I don’t have to.
While the other Apple blogs in the Apple blogosphere are talking about which products we’ll be seeing on stage tomorrow, Six Colors does something different. They draw attention to the hard questions that will need to be answered by Apple, including their justification for removing the headphone jack and how an adapter or wireless tech will make up for removing a near-ubiquitous port. The other questions they pose are also interesting, but nowhere near as contentious.
Ars Technica’s summary of what we’ll be seeing from Apple later this week includes a new iPhone and a new model of Apple Watch. They rate new Macs as an unlikely possibility, while iPads are much in the same boat. Software such as iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are expected to get release dates, if not outright releases at the event. Either way, I guess we’ll see in a few days.
— Apple (@Apple) September 2, 2016
The latest report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo lifts the curtain on the new iPhone. Dark Black and Piano Black will be the two new colour options, IPX7 waterproofing, some kind of display upgrade that closely mimics the wider colour gamut of the iPad Pro display, and a dual-camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus. Storage tiers will come in at 32, 128, and 256GB options, and some other minor changes to internal components.