The iPad Air 2 Review

I didn't pick up an iPad Air 2, but nonetheless, I was interested to see what John Gruber had to say about the new changes (especially considering he is a fan of the 'left-behind' iPad Mini).

What I found most interesting about the iPad Air 2 is how much Apple was able to push performance forward:

The iPad is no longer following in the wake of the iPhone, performance- and specs-wise. It’s forging ahead. With 2 GB of RAM, it’s a year ahead of the iPhone (we hope) in that department. Performance-wise it’s fast enough to replace a MacBook Air for many, many people.

I truly believe this is the last year of the first 'phase' of the iPad. I fully expect to see Apple push the iPad as a full-blown replacement to the traditional PC in 2015.

The Difference 30 Years Makes

It's easy to see how far technology has come when looking back:

When first released in 1984, the Apple Macintosh shipped with a black-and-white 512 x 342 display. Fast forward 30 years to the release of the iMac with Retina 5K display, which ships with a 5,120 x 2,880 display with support for millions of colours. That’s an increase from 175,000 pixels to more than 14.7 million – an 8,400% increase. 80 of the original Macintosh displays fit within a single Retina 5K display.

Just amazing.

The SIM Card Is About To Die

Finally, with the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, Apple has decided to start making its move by using a reprogrammable SIM that can be taken from carrier to carrier, switching networks and pricing plans through user-friendly software alone.

Within a year or two, you'll probably never see a SIM card in an Apple product again. You may not even see a tray.

We can only hope.

Retina iMac Questions Answered

Since I've been unable to see a Retina iMac first-hand, I can't give my impressions -- but if you're looking for some information, I'd start with Marco.

For those wondering, yes, I'd love to buy one (hence the reason why my wallet is scared to see one in person).

OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

For those wondering where my review of Yosemite is, read this instead.

An excerpt from Siracusa's review:

Viewed in isolation, Yosemite provides a graphical refresh accompanied by a few interesting features and several new technologies whose benefits are mostly speculative, depending heavily on how eagerly they’re adopted by third-party developers. But Apple no longer views the Mac in isolation, and neither should you. OS X is finally a full-fledged peer to iOS; all aspects of sibling rivalry have been banished.

Jumping The Gun On Teens And The Apple Watch

Jim Dalrymple and I are on the same page regarding the study released today by Piper Jaffray:

Seems to me, anticipating response to a product that has not yet hit people’s wrists is a fool’s errand. The market for the Apple Watch is divided financially, functionally, and stylistically. Add to that divisions for age and gender and you’ve got one complex beast of a market.

A survey given now may be good for product design and marketing folks but is useless as a predictor of specific market segment response to a product. It is too early to tell how people will respond once they see an Apple Watch in the wild, have the chance to try one on for themselves, experience the pros and cons in real life.