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New Apple stuff in my life

Well, Apple just announced their latest earnings and once again they crushed it. 

But this post isn’t about their financials. It’s about some of their new products. 

I’m typing this post on the new 12″ MacBook. It arrived yesterday. I knew I wanted to go with a retina display for my next laptop and the display on this MacBook is stunning. 

The size and form factor is wonderful. Hard to really appreciate it until you hold one in your hands. 

The keyboard is a bit odd at first but I really love it after just a few minutes. I have not done any head to head tests but it feels like I’m able to type 20% faster.

I don’t have a lot more to say about this computer. It’s great and it suits my needs perfectly. 

Lauren’s Apple Watch arrived Friday (mine is delayed until mid-May). It was sent to my office and I didn’t get to pick it up for her until yesterday. It comes fully charged so after pairing it with Lauren’s iPhone 6 she was quickly up and running. 

The reviews for the Apple Watch made it sound like battery life was horrible, with painfully slow performance and a confusing user interface. 

In my quick experience, I found battery life acceptable, performance is fine but the user interface is a little wonky at times. The two physical buttons are confusing. The brilliance of one button on the iPhone is lost with Apple Watch. And there are too many small target touch buttons while navigating various apps. Force Touch is super cool but its unclear which apps/screens utilize it. 

Some other misc thoughts:

  • Siri has improved significantly
  • Messaging is great, while email is a bit silly
  • My analog watch is more beautiful but Apple Watch is better looking than I thought it would be. It’s definitely smaller and lighter than anticipated. 
  • Security is interesting. Apple Watch requires a passcode on the watch but you only need to enter each time you put your watch back on your wrist. After that it doesn’t require it anymore. I would love to see Apple Watch unlock other things in my life (front door, iPhone, online banking, MacOS, etc)

That’s it for now. I am looking forward to getting mine. 

Would love to hear in the comments or on Twitter about your favorite Apple Watch apps so far. Thanks!