: Apple Event - March 25/19


wonderings
Mar 25th, 2019, 04:12 PM
Apple unveiled their new subscription services today at their event. Looks like 3 new ways to pay Apple monthly for content.

- They have a gaming subscription service that features 100+ games - seems super small

- Apple pay credit card

- Some news aggregation platform + magazines

- and the big one was the new Apple TV content


Apple did not give any prices that I saw and I am guessing the TV price will be hefty and they will justify it by the caliber of people they brought out at the event. Spielberg, Anniston, Steve Carell, Oprah and more. Not sure why Apple has gotten so full of themselves, I read one quote on the CNET live blog from Tim Cook "We think we contribute something important to our culture and society through content and storytelling" and then follows with "create a new service unlike anything done before". What? The whole think looks like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Apple is just jumping into the game, pushing a lot of money into it make themselves relevant. Some of the shows certainly looked interesting but I serious doubt I will be paying Apple for their TV service, I have enough already and I am guessing Apple will have that premium price tag.

When will Apple actually get back to hardware and software that actually help and increase productivity? They seem completely out of touch with that market. The Mac Pro is a great example of them off in their own world and probably patting themselves on the back about how amazing it is.

eMacMan
Mar 25th, 2019, 04:14 PM
Must have missed the big announcement. There's a working/usable Mac Pro?

wonderings
Mar 25th, 2019, 05:11 PM
Must have missed the big announcement. There's a working/usable Mac Pro?

No, that was my point for them being way out there and not connecting with pro users. The garbage can Mac Pro was a joke that even Apple admitted was not a good idea. They supposedly care about the pro community but still have yet to make the best Mac Pro ever yet.

Macfury
Mar 25th, 2019, 07:11 PM
Apples iPhone sales are disappointing, so they're pushing the recurring revenue model. A big bore of an event, delivered by a big bore. Cook needs to be replaced by a visionary.

wonderings
Mar 26th, 2019, 10:02 AM
Apples iPhone sales are disappointing, so they're pushing the recurring revenue model. A big bore of an event, delivered by a big bore. Cook needs to be replaced by a visionary.

Apple has started to think of themselves as the artist rather then the maker of the best tools for the artist.

Apple is not pushing the envelope or even trying to innovate with phones anymore. We are getting that from Samsung and other companies out of Asia. Foldable screens, FAST wireless charging, no notch, rounded corners to look like there is no bezel. In screen finger print scanners and more. The way it looks right now my exclusive usage of iPhones might be done as I find the competition to have much more interesting devices. I am also not as hooked into Apple's eco system anymore. Rarely use iTunes unless it is for some songs I have that I cannot get from my streaming service.

polywog
Mar 26th, 2019, 11:34 AM
Apples iPhone sales are disappointing, so they're pushing the recurring revenue model. A big bore of an event, delivered by a big bore. Cook needs to be replaced by a visionary.

It was underwhelming, but I admit I like Apple News(+) so far. Wife and I will probably keep it.

Macfury
Mar 26th, 2019, 11:39 AM
Apple has started to think of themselves as the artist rather then the maker of the best tools for the artist.

Apple is not pushing the envelope or even trying to innovate with phones anymore. We are getting that from Samsung and other companies out of Asia. Foldable screens, FAST wireless charging, no notch, rounded corners to look like there is no bezel. In screen finger print scanners and more. The way it looks right now my exclusive usage of iPhones might be done as I find the competition to have much more interesting devices. I am also not as hooked into Apple's eco system anymore. Rarely use iTunes unless it is for some songs I have that I cannot get from my streaming service.

I remember being delighted by new capabilities I was finding in Apple products and software--obvious improvements. That hasn't happened in a long time. In fact, I'm more often looking for capabilities that have been removed or disabled.

polywog
Mar 26th, 2019, 12:42 PM
I remember being delighted by new capabilities I was finding in Apple products and software--obvious improvements. That hasn't happened in a long time. In fact, I'm more often looking for capabilities that have been removed or disabled.

Wait, you don't think Animoji is a huge leap forward?! /s

wonderings
Mar 26th, 2019, 12:49 PM
I remember being delighted by new capabilities I was finding in Apple products and software--obvious improvements. That hasn't happened in a long time. In fact, I'm more often looking for capabilities that have been removed or disabled.


I was the same, I was excited with each new release because they did things that made my life easier professionally and for just overall efficient use. I remember comparing Keynote to Powerpoint, it would take 2 clicks to do something simple in keynote where powerpoint would take 4 or 5. It was little things like that that made it a dream to use. Apple has caught up with Microsoft in this regard over complicating things and as you said removing features that are so very basic. Save As is now a confusing mess.

JAMG
Mar 26th, 2019, 01:07 PM
Apple had an event? What did they break , stop supporting or become incompatible with now?

wonderings
Mar 26th, 2019, 02:02 PM
Apple had an event? What did they break , stop supporting or become incompatible with now?

Nothing about the OS or any hardware. Just more ways to get you to give money to them on a monthly basis.

Well they did release a new product... the credit card! Yes Apple is getting into that business among others.

pm-r
Mar 26th, 2019, 09:11 PM
That hasn't happened in a long time. In fact, I'm more often looking for capabilities that have been removed or disabled.

So sad but true.

So much so I've been back using Mavericks 10.9.5 for some time now to have access to several OS/app features I had used for several years, and now still do, but disappeared in later versions and for no real reason.

Where's the "improvement" in that???


- Patrick
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robert
Mar 27th, 2019, 11:34 AM
to be fair, Apple is targeting the younger generation over long time users as there is more money to be made over a longer time frame.

I personally don't like the direction but understand it. I was forced into an iMac when my cheese grater got too slow. It is still used by my son for PS and light gaming. Pretty good for a 10 year old machine. The ROI of all Apple products are like that for me which is one reason I remain loyal.

I believe we are at a cross roads where personal/professional computing is concerned. The form factor/components has been maxed out in their present state. A revolution is under way behind closed doors but is probably 5 years out. Towers are dead and all in ones are soon to follow. Mobile is key. Cloud storage and on-line access is the future whether we like it or not.