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Topics: Autism Development

Going from Apple Watch to Apple Watch Series 1.

TLDR:

I don’t feel like i wasted my money, but at the same time the upgrade from the original Apple Watch to an Apple Watch Series 1 is not a must have because watchOS 3 is so good.

The whole story

I’ve only been using the Apple Watch since June. In that time it has had a very positive effect on my life. As an autistic person it has enhanced my autonomy and extended my ability to be independent. That’s very powerful, long term, that also saves me a small fortune in support costs.

With that in mind, it seemed worthwhile to try one of the newer watch on launch. After all, my current watch was only going to fall in value and buy buying early in the cycle i’d get the longest service life from my next watch. To make it all a little easier, my boyfriend wanted my current watch so i had a good buyer lined up.

I’m not a swimmer or runner, so i went with the Series 1 to get the speedier internals without paying for thing’s i didn’t need. The upgrade cost me £90, or about ~£4 a month assuming an 24 month cycle.

Overall i am very happy with my decision. The series 1 is smoother in operation than the original watch. For example, there are less dropped frames during animations and the interface is more responsive. The delay between tapping a complication and seeing something happen on my original watch was noticeable, on the Series 1 it feels immediate.

For the apps on my watch today, the original Apple Watch would have done just fine. So based on my usage today i wouldn’t recommend everyone with an original apple watch go rushing out for the upgrade. However, if its a cheapish upgrade for you, i do think its worth doing for the future proofing.

Published: 25 September 2016 | Categories: Permalink

Apple Watch Series One.

Apple Watch Series 1 – Apple

On Friday i pre-ordered the Series 1 Apple Watch to replace my original watch. The cost to upgrade wasn’t too bad (£90) and the watch will last 18-24 months so it seems a good investment. I use the watch everyday so i may as well have the faster model considering the cost.

I think Apple are being super smart in how they are managing the Watch range. There are no duds in the range and both watches should comfortably last untill the next major release cycle.

It all comes down to usage, the Series 2 model offers something useful to runners / cyclists / swimmers, and the Series 1 work for everyone else.

I’m excited to see how the platform develops over the next two years and into the future.

Published: 11 September 2016 | Categories: Permalink

Apple Event Wishlist.

In a few hours time Apple will take to the stage in Calfornia to announce new things. Like in years gone by, here’s my wishlist for the event. Its not a prediction, just the things i’d like to see.

New Macs & Moniter.

Please can we get with the updated Macs now? The Mac Pro hasn’t been touched in three years and that is embarrassing. Even a single slide saying “oh and we’ve got updated Macs too” would be enough. New Mac Pros and an updated Mac mini would be great. It’s well overdue.

New MacBook Pros and a 5K external displays would also be nice to see. I’m probably skipping this generation (as i have the iMac) but who knows. I wont be buying on launch but i am going to follow them with interest.

Apple Watch 2

It’s time for Apple to update thier wearable and release watchOS 3. New hardware to make GPS etc better is a big win to new users, watchOS 3 is a big performance win to original watch owners. This is a product i might buy if its a compelling update. Otherwise i may just stick with my current watch and skip this cycle.

I am really keen to see which third party watchOS 3 apps are going to come out on launch day. Hopefully i will be installing some later today to find out!

iPhone 7

I want to see it, but i dont want one. An iPhone announcement is a sure fire thing it seems. My only wish here is that the adaptor for lighting to 3.5mm audio is in the box!

One more thing.

Please have something cool as a one more thing. It could be Macs, it could be ARM Macs (!) it could be updated Apple TV or even Apple VR. I just really want there to be something unexpected and interesting.

Final words.

The show starts in a few hours, so till then i will just have to wait and see!

Published: 7 September 2016 | Categories: Permalink

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