[This article has been re-posted/edited from our old website]
Introduction: When I had the idea to create this blog, I wanted it to be more than just a source for technology news. To be successful in modern day blogging or journalism of any sort, one needs to set themselves aside from the rest. I want Morning Coffee Tech to be more than just the regurgitation of a story you can find in the ‘Technology’ section of your favorite newspaper. To do this, I want my articles to evoke emotion in my readers. I want to make you smile, laugh and maybe roll you eyes every once in awhile with a corny joke or pun. That said, my first post here on Morning Coffee Tech was a summary of Apple’s most recent September event (read it here!). This was simply due to the fact that I put my dream of technology blogging into a reality days after this event. Many of my posts here are going to be more personal, less official and in my opinion more entertaining to read. The article you are about to read will be the first example of this. These are my thoughts on Apple’s new iPad Pro and iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
The New iPad Pro
Parallel to the preceding post, I will begin with Apple’s line of tablets: the iPad. For the first time since the iPad Mini, a new size of iPads was introduced.
Basic Information: The new tablet measures 12.9 inches and calls itself the iPad Pro (unofficially known as the iPad on steroids).
The screen is beautiful and it should be blazing fast with its new beefy specs combined with the newest version of IOS.
Competitors: At this point, the iPad pro is most comparable to the Microsoft Surface Pro which is slightly smaller with a 10.6 inch screen. The Surface Pro is arguably more powerful with computer grade processors (Intel’s I Series) and a full version of Windows. At first glance, the Surface Pro seems to be a shrunken computer as opposed to the iPad which seems to be a blown up tablet.
Target Usage/Comparison: Both tablets are aimed to replace a user’s laptop. To do so successfully, the device must be able to get stuff done. What does it mean to “get stuff done”? This definition is exclusive to each and every user. This “stuff” can be anything from simple word processing to media consumption to photo and video editing or all of the above.
Pictured: Microsoft Surface Pro
In my eyes, out of all iPads, the Pro will be most successful at completing the task at hand. That said, in comparison to other devices in its class, it seems to fall short. Both the Surface and the iPad Pro boast a price tag comparable to mid-range to premium laptops. Both devices fall roughly in the under $1000 category depending on storage capacity. The two tablets also have insanely priced accessories as the icing on the cake. For example, Apple’s $100 stylus and Microsoft’s $130 keyboard. These two accessories can easily be substituted for alternatives of comparable quality for a fraction of the price. Some inexpensive alternatives that I prefer, photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6
When it comes down to productivity, which is the ultimate goal of devices within this class, hardware is of less importance than software. Apple is certainly improving IOS with new features like side by side true multi tasking, but IOS is still IOS: a mobile operating system used on both iPads and iPhones. Yes there are differences between the two operating system iterations, but nothing mind blowing. When compared to a device running a full version of windows 10, the iPad will appear weak. Yes, IOS is simple, fast and beautiful. For power users craving productivity, this is not enough to satisfy. Users of this nature will crave a full computer experience in the form factor of a tablet; this is why they will pay almost $1000 instead of the constantly shrinking price one can pay for a low end/budget laptop. All of this said, many people will be elated while using the new supersized iPad. These users include those hoping to complete simple tasks such as quick word processing and media consumption on a big, beautiful device.
Price/Value: For the average person, I don’t think it is worth paying $1000 for this. If funds were unlimited, maybe. One of the number one reasons that I personally don’t use Apple products is because of value. I think there are many options where you get a significantly ‘bigger bang for your buck’. (I will expand on this idea in future posts). As much as I preach this, Apple is still the number one technology company in the market, so whatever they are doing, they are doing right.
The New iPhones
The new iPhones: the 6S and 6S Plus.
What’s New: The new line of handsets are extremely similar to their predecessors: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Contrary to what many others believe, I do not take this as a negative. I said the same thing when the HTC One M9 came out and it was nearly identical all around to its predecessor. What many forget to leave out is that its predecessor (The M8) was rated smartphone of the year many times! It was similar with the more recent Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which was for all intensive purposes is a larger Galaxy S6. Once again: the Galaxy S6 was rated the smartphone of the year by many sources. The iPhone is the most popular phone around and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were excellent models that were held in very high regard by many critics. What many consumers fail to understand is, a company can only greatly innovate so many times. Once they reach the nearly perfect smartphone (in the opinion of their audience) it is only a matter of fine tuning. If every year every company totally changed their phones, they would quickly run out of ideas and have to settle for lower quality. In order to remain premium, top smartphone companies such as HTC, Samsung and Apple release flagships that are nearly identical to their predecessors with only the slightest adjustments. Why fix what’s not broken? In the case of the iPhone, the newest changes include the new 3D Touch screen, an improved camera and some new, faster processing and graphics chips. The 3D touch is essentially just a new way to preview content before actually clicking by touching the screen softer.
This is similar conceptually to Samsung’s features where you could hover your finger (or the S-Pen in the case of the Note Series) to preview certain links, pictures, etc. It is to be determined how well Apple uses this new screen for their own native apps as well as making it available for third party developers to use.
The Bottom Line: That is the gist of the new phones, users who loved the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will love the 6S and 6S plus, possibly even more. It will be faster and have new features, just as a new flagship should. I don’t use iPhones, but if I did, I would happily upgrade to Apple’s newest phone.
Thank you so much for reading! Please feel free to ‘follow’ me through WordPress and on Twitter @amcoffeetech and leave me a comment letting me know your opinion on the new products, your opinion on my blog or just to say hi! I look forward to hearing from you and be on the lookout for upcoming posts.