In a technology filled world, it’s no surprise that Apple’s big event last week has caused quite the conversation among tech-savvy individuals. We asked a few of our designers to weigh in on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.
1. How do you think the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compare with previous models?
The design is very chic, slick and has a modern spin to them. In some ways, they look like a copycat version of the Samsung Galaxy phones. The older models were a bit boxier than the new models. Somehow Apple managed to make its new phones thinner, with edges that are curved and fit nicely in the hands.
2. Does this introduction help to broaden the gap between Android and Apple? Why or why not?
The larger iPhone 6 Plus will definitely capture the eye of Android users who couldn’t find the size of phone they wanted in Apple products. The biggest separator between the phones now is Apple’s system, iOS 8, which makes the gap wider than that of just the design.
3. What are your thoughts on Apple Pay? Do you see this expanding to other smart devices?
It comes down to personal preference. In my opinion, I wouldn’t use it because I would constantly be concerned that my information will get hacked. However, I do know that payment on-the-go with no hassle is extremely popular these days. For the tech-savvy individual, this could be a huge thing. I believe we will see more systems like this in the future.
4. Is Apple Pay a game changer for the company?
Apple Pay does set Apple apart from the competition. They seem to have the ability to make anything happen. When thinking of Apple products, it’s a win for all. While Google has the Wallet, it hasn’t taken off like they might have initially thought it would. Now that something similar is incorporated in an Apple product, it will be interesting to see how it impacts future technology designs and systems.
5. What three things stood out the most at the Apple event?
Apple does a great job at marketing and understanding what consumers want. They know how to rethink products and incorporate new features to set them apart from the competition. Beyond just the size of the new iPhone, the new capabilities really made an impact – including the aspect of Apple Pay. I was also thoroughly impressed with the Apple Watch.
6. What do you think of the design of the Apple Watch?
The Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it comes in two sizes and has a number of different wristbands – whether you’re looking to use it for fitness or fashion. Beyond just the look, it’s great that the Apple Watch isn’t simply adopting the smartphone way of doing things. The operating system, Watch OS, was designed specifically for the watch, and its interface relies heavily on the dial to the right, known as the digital crown.
7. Is the Apple Watch a game changer for wearables?
I believe so. The Apple Watch will open to third party developers and the kit of apps will include more innovative choices. You can personalize it with the different bands and it can be used as a holistic service (watch -> iPhone -> computer). There is more interaction with the watch – it’s used as a tool rather than just a watch. From the sound of it, it seems to be more reliable than other wearables on the market.
8. Among the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch – which were you most impressed by? Why?
I was most impressed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Everyone can use a phone, however, some might not want or need a product like the Apple Watch. Having more apps, as well as allowing third party developers to create even more apps, is a huge plus. The chic look and thinner design, as well as the larger size, makes this something I am definitely interested in checking out.
Overall, the new product introductions have been a huge hit. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch so we can test the new features first-hand.