Every time I visit Apple I leave disappointed.

Every time I visit Apple I leave disappointed.
Don’t get me wrong and I think maybe it’s a good thing. But, with every product launch in the last 3-4 years, I have been disappointed. And it shows in my current lineup:

  • MacBook Pro 2020 M1
  • iPhoneX
  • apple watch series 3
  • 2017 iPad Pro 12.9
  • solo beats

Take, for example, today’s visit to see the new iPads. The colors of the 10th generation iPad are all about everything that seemed new, but the overall user experience – browsing the web, YouTube, listening to Apple Music, looking at photos, browsing iPadOS – is no different from my 2017 iPad. stylus is no different either yes there is now a dot that lets you know where your target is on the new Pro models I admit they are fluid super fast and the iPad Pro with the appropriate accessories like the Magic Keyboard make it an alternative 90% decent to a MacBook Air. However, iPadOS 16 gives a feeling of ‘well, what’s the problem here?’

Features that set it apart, such as Stage Manager, are disabled on the demo units. But even when you turn that on, it feels disconnected. The lack of fit and finish, for example, is so obvious. The Settings app displays a weird blocky mode and doesn’t support floating interface like the apps themselves. The lack of free form of its apps makes the interface feel disjointed and tacked on. The OS does its best to make apps that work in sets of two look and work usable and you really have to make accommodations for this. Apple probably should have enabled showing the dock on the screen always; It would have been a better option in my opinion.

So far, Stage Manager seems to make the most sense on a MacBook with a screen big enough like the MacBook Pro’s 16. I tried it on one of the iMacs in the store and found it awkward to use with a mouse. But I find it quite nice on the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Grouping apps like Music/Photos, Safari/News, Word/Notes/Excel, Finder Window/Settings made multitasking fun.

But back to my original issue which is the visit to see the new hardware, I compare what I have like the iPhone X to the iPhone 14 Pro/Max and just don’t have the drive or desire to upgrade. Yeah, I know it’ll take better photos and videos, but to be honest, what I’m getting from photos and videos now on the iPhone X doesn’t seem like a disappointment.

The Apple Watch is another perfect example of how Apple’s own hardware can be pushed into the corner. My Series 3, although it no longer receives updates, indicates the time, I can measure my heart rate, check notifications, answer text messages or quickly check the weather; or even make and receive phone calls if I so choose. It’s not slow either and feels just as responsive as the day I bought it. The watch could be the first device you update when you do. But the fact that the Series 5, 6, 7, 8, or Ultra hasn’t motivated me to part with cash again speaks to how quickly an Apple presentation disappears.

One device that I always use whenever I visit is the AirPods Max, they are just amazing and immersive! But is it worth the $499 for what feels like an occasional moment of bliss? My Beats Solos that I found in the trash two years ago seem to be satisfying enough to keep using them too. AirPods Pro as much as they are everywhere haven’t appealed to me yet, not to mention the batteries go flat a couple of years later, sounds like good value for money.

The bottom line here is that there’s nothing in Apple’s current lineup that really appeals to you. Sure, they look great, they work great for the most part, but that feeling must have died or faded somewhere for me. The 2020 M1 MBP is my most recent Apple purchase and I love it and use it every day. The battery life and performance is what drew me in even though my early 2015 MacBook Pro was still fully supported and did most of what I wanted for it; especially at the height of the pandemic, where it was mostly stationary.

Maybe I need to start climbing mountains, go to more cafes, find more eclectic friends to vogue with for ultrawide photos, start making independent movies, study graphic design, and go to the park where I find inspiration to lay on the grass and create sketches. . use my Apple Pencil and FaceTime more with family, friends, and co-workers.

But are the quality-of-life improvements offered by this new generation of products worth upgrading? I just don’t think so. Then again, this might just be a first world problem.

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