A few follow on thoughts now some more information has come out, and we've had time to think about stuff...
Apple Watch 3: First. WTF with the red dot on the crown? Is it on all new Watch's or just LTE ones. Are people willing to spend an extra £70 on the LTE version? How will people be charged? I presume you have to have a contract with EE already. Would all tariffs be eligible? What if you're on a virtual network running off EE? How would this work if you have an Android handset? Whilst the performance improvements are always welcome, is it worth upgrading for? As the LTE version has the same battery performance as the Watch 2, does the 3 (non-LTE) have better battery performance?
iTunes: Both Windows and Mac versions receive an update which reorganises much of how it's organised, but it also removes two features: App store and Ringtones. So what happens to old apps which aren't available to download anymore, but are kept on your computer to now? I back up all the family's iStuff to my desktop, what happens to the backups? Are apps no longer stored in offline backups? It's fine that purchased ringtones can be downloaded via iTunes store app on your device, but what if you created the ringtone yourself? Can't they just make iTunes work without spinning out of control and becoming a resource hog and eventually crashing?
Apple TV app: Sounds great. You can search for the programme you want rather than going through all your different apps, but what are the restrictions? For example, if you've got a UK Apple Account, can you access all this stuff when you're abroad? There's already lots of problems about Netflix when travelling, then there's BBC iPlayer.... no mention if that's compatible.
iPhone range: So, there's now:
iPhone SE 32GB and 128GB; iPhone 6s 32GB and 128GB; iPhone 6s Plus 32 GB and 128GB; iPhone 7 32 GB and 128GB; iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB and 128GB; iPhone 8 64GB and 256GB (no 128GB) ; iPhone 8 Plus 64GB and 256GB (no 128GB); iPhone X 64GB and 256GB
WTF? How has this been allowed to happen? Pull the 6s and 6s Plus for a start....
Waterproof / Dustproof - No improvement with the new phones over the old ones. C'mon! Proper IP68 waterproofing isn't too much to ask when you're asked to cough up a grand.
Speaking of coughing up a grand.....
So I get that you get lots of new tech in the iPhone X, and a pretty new screen, but is it really worth £300 more? What really takes the pee is that while all the new iPhones can quick charge, you'd have to buy a separate new charger plus cable in order to take advantage of it, even for the X! £70 extra? Eff off.
While I'm on the subject of charging... I applaud the use of a common standard, I'm confused. The AirPower charger can charge a new iPhone and Apple Watch 3. Does that mean that Watch 3 also uses Qi charging? If it does, does that mean it's not compatible with all the older charging docks, or are older Watch's Qi compatible?
Whilst I'm annoyed about prices...
Applecare+. They've shoved up the prices for the 8 Plus and made them even higher for the X. (I notice they don't drop the prices for the older phones..)
iPad Pro. They've shoved the prices for the 256Gb and 512GB versions. That's pretty hard to stomach given they're the same devices.
And then there's my confused thoughts about the new iPhones (sigh)
OK. I own an iPhone 7, but always wanted the Plus because of it's better camera and battery life. The X seems like a no brainer, but I'm struggling. First, obviously there's the price, and the other bits I mentioned, but also one bit really annoys me about the new screen. Photos and films will always have a bit missing. If I've blown a grand on a phone, well, I don't want to compromise and think that's alright, I can live with it. My sense of entitlement kicks in.
Let's presume Face ID works (although there have been mixed reviews from hands on and of course the keynote itself), other things bother me. I often make a sleepy grab for the phone in the mornings to turn off the alarm make a call etc. How will it work with my sleepy face buried in a pillow? People keep saying the new 'homebuttonless swipe thing works' but I'm never keen on swipe a bit to do this, a lot to do that solutions. Maybe I'm wrong and will love it. I don't know.
I love the portrait modes and also the Animoji's on the X, but the price and the problems with the screen annoy me. And that's before I think about buying a wireless charger....
One more thing....
The name of the iPhone X. Why call it the 'Ten'? That's pretty much scuppered all future naming hasn't it?
Enough for now... (breath)