On September 12 2017 Apple® unveiled three new iPhone models, and the new Apple Watch Series 3. The new iPhones are the iPhone 8, iPhone 8+, and the iPhone X or 10. These iPhones offer new specs and features, such as Face ID, improved processors, improved cameras, and much more.
On topp of that, Apple® released new versions of its operating systems. This included iOS 11.0, Watch OS 4.0, TV OS 11.0, and Mac OS High Sierra was released on September 25. These new versions introduced a number of changes and new features, which I won’t go through here. You’ve probably heard about them by now.
I listened to Apple’s® keynote presentation, and thought about what device I would buy next if I had the money. Here’s what I would do.
My decision hanged on one important point. Can the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connection be used as a wi-fi hotspot? If it could, I would change my whole Apple device list.
I would purchase an Apple Watch Series 3 and a wi-fi only iPad Mini 4. I would then connect the iPad Mini to my Apple Watch Series 3, and do away with my iPhone. I’m not sure if I would still keep my iPad Air 2. If the iPad Mini could perform all the functions the iPad Air could, then I wouldn’t need the iPad Air 2.
I also need to look at my desktop options. I am still using a 2013 Macbook Air. I believe that Apple will be dropping technical support for this model in the near future, possibly the next year or two. It has been a wonderful machine, and I have enjoyed using it greatly, but Apple always wants you to update to a newer model, and right now, I don’t have the money to buy a new Macbook Air.
So what can I do? I am seriosly considering buying a base model Mac Mini. The base model contains a 500 Gigabyte hard drive, which is plenty of room for me, and a pretty good processor. I already have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, so all I might need is a basic screen so I can access Voice Over on setup. The Mac Mini is significantly cheaper than the new Macbook Air, possibly as much as $500 cheaper!
Another small advantage with a Mac Mini is that I no longer have to deal with a tracpad immediately below the keyboard. In prvious Mac OS versions you used to be able to disable the Macbook trackpad by inserrting a bluettoth mouse into one of the Macbook’s USB ports, but this appeared to stop working when Mac OS Sierra was released last year. I keep on brushing the trackpad whenever I reached for the Macbook’s keyboard to start typing, which has been very frustrating to me.
So why would I decide to by an Apple Watch Series 3 and an iPad Mini instead of a new iPhone? There are two reasons. First, price. The new iPhones are two expensive at this time. The other reason is that I don’t need all the new functionality the iPhone 8 or 10 provides. An iPad Mini, combined with an Apple Watch would give me all the functions I need whenever I’m on the go. I’m also not sure if all the new functions of the iPhone 8 and 10 will work with Voice Over. Only time will tell on that one.
So that’s my decision for now. Of all the devices I heard about when listening to the Apple keynote, that Apple Watch 3 was the device that really stood out to me. It was a logical development for the Apple Watch, I think most people were excited about the Apple Watch. I will probably get one early next year, and I’ll let you know what I think of it when I get it.
What do you think of the new iPhones and Apple Watch? Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment on this post.