Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Sep 2016 22:24 UTC
Apple

Apple held its iPhone event tonight, and introduced the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2. The iPhone's most interesting feature can only be found on the iPhone 7 Plus: a dual camera setup, consisting of a wide-angle and telephoto lens. Thanks to some software magic, Apple claims this camera can produce the kind of bokeh effect normally reserved for more expensive, dedicated cameras.

And yes: the iPhone 7 is ditching the 3.5mm jack in favour of lightning headphones, a dongle, or Apple's brand new AirPods - ugly wireless earbuds with a battery life of "up to" 5 hours, a hefty price tag, and the opportunity to live that Bluetooth headset lifestyle.

Other iPhone 7 tidbits: stereo speakers (that warrants a finally, right?), a new home button which isn't really a button but a little trackpad with a Taptic Engine (like Apple's new trackpads - you won't notice a difference, because the Taptic Engine is legitimately magic), and a few new colour options.

The new Apple Watch - the Series 2 - looks the same, but has a dual-core processor now, better waterproofing, and built-in GPS. Apple is also selling a version of the old Apple Watch equipped with the new processor, which they call the Series 1. The 'old' Apple Watch will remain on sale as well, but at a reduced price.

For the rest, the event wasn't all that exciting. I think the camera on the iPhone 7 Plus will be quite amazing, but for the rest both the new iPhone and the new Apple Watch are spec bumps - and there's nothing wrong with that, since we've reached the point where there's not much more you can do with a slab of glass. Apple also made a huge deal of a new infinite runner game for iOS, but other than the fact it's got Nintendo's Mario in it, I don't see how we need another infinite runner on mobile to compete with the other 20972194 we already have.

Rests me to say that Apple also announced that macOS Sierra will be released on 20 September and iOS 10 on 13 September.

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RE: Comment by ezraz
by ins0mniac on Thu 8th Sep 2016 13:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by ezraz"
ins0mniac
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2008-10-01

Although I agree with you regarding the quality of the dedicated devices, I'm using a Fiio DAC on my desktop for the last few years, I really don't see people starting to use dedicated audio devices either connected to the phone or independent. People just can't be bothered, will simply accept the lower sound quality for the comfort. Just like it happened with the cameras.

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RE[2]: Comment by ezraz
by ezraz on Thu 8th Sep 2016 15:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by ezraz"
ezraz Member since:
2012-06-20

some people can be bothered to care about quality.

not everyone drives a kia.
not everyone plays a generic guitar.
not everyone buys the cheapest item all the time.

i actually do often times buy a cheaper item, but as far as my music, i've stopped that horrible trend.

i get far more emotional satisfaction out of the complete music as made by the artists, not the 10% versions they rent people now.

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RE[3]: Comment by ezraz
by FooBat on Fri 9th Sep 2016 05:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ezraz"
FooBat Member since:
2016-09-08

some people can be bothered to care about quality.

not everyone drives a kia.
not everyone plays a generic guitar.
not everyone buys the cheapest item all the time.

i actually do often times buy a cheaper item, but as far as my music, i've stopped that horrible trend.

i get far more emotional satisfaction out of the complete music as made by the artists, not the 10% versions they rent people now.


Sadly, ins0mniac is right. Yes, _SOME_ people care about audio quality, but absolute majority don't give a rat's ass about sound. All that most people care about is convenience and to be stylish. And what is more "stylish" than listening to music from your iPhone...

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