My quick thoughts on the WWDC Keynote this afternoon.
I really hope they put major effort behind this platform in the fall.
Yawn. I have no interest in watchOS or the watch itself right now. My advice? Buy a Fitbit Alta and save yourself $150.
High Sierra is a stupid name. I get the theme here. It's the logical successor to Leopard/Snow Leopard, but it still sounds dumb.
These are fantastic improvements to the iMac. Apple is coming out swinging here to show they're still behind the Mac, and haven't forgotten about the Pro user market.
I'd love to see this level of commitment across all of the Mac line, all throughout the year. Anyone remember the Mac Mini while we're at it?
Nice incremental bump for the smaller iPad Pro, but not much news for the larger device? Is it not selling well?
Affinity Photo is super impressive as well. That's something only Photoshop could do not long ago. Now you can do that level of editing on a tablet. Maybe these things aren't toys after all. Once the teens of 2017 become the workforce of 2025, the desktop market may be in trouble.
Another very impressive section of the keynote. Clearly Apple is trying to blur the lines between iOS and the Mac by adding more productivity features.
Another poor name choice. I get that they have history with the "Pod" name, but HomePod just sounds odd. SiriPod? SiriHome?
Aside from the name, the device is about what I expected. It's an Amazon Echo with a bigger focus on sound quality, Apple Music integration and a higher price tag. It looks fairly nice too.
Overall, I'm excited for this device. I already have an Echo, but this market is so new that I'm willing to experiment a bit to find the device that works best for me. Hopefully the HomePod will actually deliver that top-tier sound quality the Echo is missing, and tightly integrate with my Apple services — mail, calendar, notes, reminders, etc.
The big miss here is the timing. Shipping in December? That hurts. It gives Amazon and Google another six months to keep innovating and extending their leads. I may be willing to buy multiple devices, but I bet most consumers will not.
I also have concerns about whether Apple can deliver enough of these in time for Christmas. New Apple devices notoriously sell out quickly. If this thing goes on sale in early December and shipping dates jump to 2-3 weeks after a few hours, there will be a lot of unhappy Apple customers come December 25th.