It started with the first iPhone’s entry into our lives, and since then the trend has been too clear: each year, we [as in I, mostly] spend a significant portion of our disposable income on Apple gadgets. So much so it would be more efficient if Apple could start some sort of a salary sacrifice subscription fund and get it over with.
Given recent product announcements from the House of Apple, I thought I’d list this year’s Apple gadgets expected spending. You know, so that when my predictions turn out to be all wrong you’d be able to quote me and demonstrate just how stupidly short sighted I was. So here goes:
- Apple Watch? Not on my watch. First, it doesn’t satisfy any of my needs. Second, battery life. In other words, in order for me to abandon my current "strap and forget" wristwatch, Apple needs to offer me some functionality I can’t live without. So far it doesn’t.
- Retina MacBook Air: My biggest disappointment following this week's announcements was the lack of mentioning of a Retina Mac Air model despite persistent rumours of a 12” model utilising Intel’s new fan-less Broadwell CPUs. As much as I love my current MacAir, it is getting a bit too old. Old enough to merit a replacement? Maybe in a year’s time.
- iPhone 6 Plus: I won’t be around the bush here, I’d love to have this huge tool in my pocket. Even if the 64GB version I’d go for sells for $1150 – the price of a MacBook. However, my current two year old iPhone 5 is still very much alive and kicking; as long as that is the case, I cannot justify such a spending. Barring an unforeseen breakdown, which is not too unlikely for a smartphone past its second birthday, I expect to be putting my hands on next year’s 6 Plus S instead.
- iPad: No, I am not about to replace my iPad Mini Retina, which has been doing an awesome job at turning my whole life paperless (what a great working tool it is!). However, it's not too unlikely our now old iPad 3 will need replacement within this year. Plus the only member of our household without an iPad is starting to feel like she’s missing out on something.
That’s 4 no-s for you. History tells me to expect a 50% accuracy rate with that prediction.
Image by Anthony Agius, Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence