This is the epilogue of the first chapter of the iPhone as we know it this year.
Some were surprised as to why I wasn’t going to wait for the iPhone X.
It was essentially three reasons.
- I’ve never owned a ‘Plus’ model before, and I’ve slightly regretted not buying one last year when I started using the Portrait Mode for customers in the previous day job.
- Compared to the iPhone X; FaceID, slight improvements to the same camera as the 8 models and Animoji do not justify waiting and spending money on the model for me. I also imagine it won’t be easy to acquire one until January 2018 at the earliest.
- I use the iPhone almost all day, alongside it being connected to my Apple Watch, and now the AirPods, something which will have its own post soon. I needed a bigger battery without purchasing a battery case or having a socket nearby.
Since driving to Lincoln to collect it on Saturday, I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus around Manchester and to see how these first impressions would go.
Its the first year where I was catching up on it a couple of hours after it ended.
But I have some quick thoughts after watching the replay.
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There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t use the iPad.
I spoke about it in detail on an episode of BYOD, and the initial impressions of when I bought the new model.
But six weeks on with iOS 11 still installed, I thought I’d share what apps I frequently use.
People have forgotten.
If you haven’t seen LOST, the reference for what I’m about to say is lost on you.
‘Armed and Ready.’
Continuing on from the cliffhanger that was the WWDC Impressions a month ago, I bought the new iPad Pro 10.5″ model last week.
As soon as my iCloud backup had restored, iOS 11 was then put upon it.
Lots of impressions so far from these have been gathered.
‘You’ve taken your first step into a larger world.’ – Obi-Wan
The iPad grew up last Monday. Finally.
I’ve purposefully held back from writing this the day after or even the same week as WWDC. Out of the products announced on Monday, iOS 11 is full of small updates that people are still finding out now. A different volume overlay on videos wasn’t found until Thursday for instance.
But first, as Marvin Candle once said, a little history.
Each year, I like to do a few words on what I’d like to see for the next versions of iOS, macOS, and watchOS before they’re announced at WWDC on Monday from 6PM.
Last year was all about the three, but this year it’s a bit different; iOS 11 for iPad.
The 9th of January 2007 was when the iPhone was first announced. I remember watching the first part of the keynote, where Steve Jobs announced a ‘Widescreen iPod with touch controls‘. I had been hoping for one for so long, I was so excited to see one finally confirmed.
But then I had to go to work, and it wasn’t until I got back around midnight, that I could see what an ‘iPhone’ was.
I remember buying one from eBay not long after its June 29th launch. It even came in an AT&T bag, and using some ‘methods’, got it unlocked. I haven’t owned another smartphone since.
Reading Apple’s ‘Newsroom’ post from this morning, I believe it when they say it’s still only the start of things. We really are still closer to the starting line than the finish line ten years on.
Some posts from around the web:
Steven Levy’s interview today with Phil Schiller.
Marco Arment’s thoughts.
John Gruber’s Daring Fireball Thoughts.
As I was writing the impressions last week, I decided to walk around Lincoln and take side-by-side shots of the 7, alongside the iPhone 3G, mainly for curiosity.
None of these images have been changed, they were both taken at the same time, no settings applied.
I would also not recommend seeing them on Apple News, as they don’t show the slider feature. Open in Safari and the below will work as it should do.
Enjoy the findings.
‘It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for.’
I didn’t like the 6 and 6S.
The design I didn’t like, with their thick border lines. I always thought it was a step back from the elegant iPhone 5 and 4 before it.
It even felt uncomfortable to hold to me.
I wanted to go back, and I did with the iPhone SE. The latest features alongside a great design in a smaller body? How could I say no.
But then on Friday, the iPhone 7 appeared in matte black.