It’s been every week since Apple held its Wonderlust occasion. Now that the mud has settled, we all know just about the whole lot there’s to learn about Apple’s latest merchandise.
And now that the hype is over, we will look again and see if this occasion was the whole lot we anticipated.
For probably the most half, the reply is sure. General, the occasion was fairly good, but it surely wasn’t excellent. As thrilling as Apple’s new product lineup is, there have been nonetheless a number of issues that felt a bit disappointing.
The New Apple Watch Updates Weren’t That Massive of a Deal
Everybody who has used an Apple Watch is aware of how nice it’s. One of many issues that makes the Apple Watch stand out is how Apple has consistently added new well being options to the Apple Watch to make it much more indispensable in your on a regular basis life.
Sadly, that didn’t occur this yr. Apple determined to replace the Apple Watch Sequence 9 and the Apple Watch Extremely 2 just a bit bit.
The most important change is certainly the brand new S9 chip, which was going to occur both approach. This chip allows you to use a model new characteristic referred to as Double Faucet, which mainly allows you to management your Apple Watch with one hand.
Nevertheless, except you actually need to replace your Apple Watch, this characteristic alone isn’t sufficient to buy a totally new Apple Watch. Plus, you may technically use Double Faucet in your present Apple Watch when you use the accessibility characteristic referred to as AssistiveTouch.
To make this much more disappointing, it’s been confirmed that Double Faucet gained’t be obtainable at launch. Even when you do purchase the Sequence 9 or Extremely for this new characteristic, you’ll nonetheless have to attend at the least another month earlier than you may attempt it.
Apart from the brand new chip and have, you additionally get a brighter show that may go as much as 2,000 nits on the Apple Watch Sequence 9 and as much as 3,000 nits on the Apple Watch Extremely 2.
The iPhone 15 Professional Max Acquired a Worth Enhance
It’s been a very long time coming, and numerous rumors talked about this, but it surely was nonetheless disappointing to see that Apple made the iPhone 15 Professional Max $100 dearer.
Granted, the corporate “technically” saved this yr’s Professional Max on the similar value as final yr’s mannequin. The one distinction is Apple removed the iPhone 15 Professional Max with 128 GB of storage that value $1,099.
Now, you may solely get the 256GB mannequin for $1,199. Sure, it was fairly intelligent on Apple’s half, but it surely was nonetheless an enormous hit for many of us.
No Thunderbolt Help
One of many greatest rumors that was going round proper earlier than Apple’s keynote was that at the least a few of the new iPhone 15 fashions would help Thunderbolt.
This was large information as it could imply the brand new iPhone 15 would be capable to attain file switch speeds of as much as 40 Gbps. As a substitute, the iPhone 15 Professional and iPhone 15 Professional Max obtained solely USB 3 speeds of 10 Gbps.
Sadly, none of this occurred this yr. Perhaps in 2024.
The iPhone 15 Solely Helps USB 2.0
Not solely did Apple not add help for Thunderbolt, however the firm additionally saved the iPhone 15’s USB-C port as primary as doable, as least on the non-Professional fashions.
For the primary time ever, the iPhone 15 now includes a USB-C port as a substitute of Lightning. This was an enormous rumor that thankfully grew to become a actuality, however Apple didn’t take it to the subsequent degree.
As a substitute of utilizing one thing like Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the corporate determined to maintain it at USB 2.0.
By in the present day’s requirements, USB 2.0 is taken into account outdated, because it solely reaches switch speeds of as much as 480 Mbps. That’s the identical because the older Lightning port.
To be truthful, the iPhone 15 Professional and iPhone 15 Professional Max do help USB 3.2 Gen2, however that’ll value you at the least $1,000 to get.
Whereas it’s nice which you could now cost all of your gadgets with a single charging cable, it was nonetheless a letdown to see how Apple dealt with one of many greatest modifications on the iPhone up to now.
There Wasn’t One Extra Factor
Apple doesn’t at all times present “another factor” on the finish of its shows anymore, but it surely felt like this yr’s occasion actually may have used one.
For starters, there weren’t many merchandise to announce. Hadn’t it been for the Apple 2030 replace, the keynote would’ve been fairly brief.
We solely noticed new Apple Watches and new iPhones, which we already anticipated, so it could’ve been nice to see Apple announce another factor.
The corporate may’ve given us a much bigger replace on the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional or perhaps a demonstration or perhaps launched a brand new product altogether.
Sadly, that didn’t occur this yr. So we’ll need to play the ready sport till we see another factor from Apple.
Wonderlust Was Nonetheless Nice
Regardless of a handful of disappointing issues, Apple’s Wonderlust occasion was an enormous success. Even with the caveats, the iPhone 15 lineup is a superb replace, and all fashions will develop into essential due to the brand new USB-C port.
And whereas each Apple Watch fashions weren’t essentially large updates, they’re nonetheless strong choices for these of us who actually need to replace our Apple Watches.