AMITIAE - Wednesday 11 November 2015
iPad Pro Release, Apple TV and Some More Variations on the Apple Watch (Bangkok Post, Life) - Updated
By Graham K. Rogers
iPad Pro and Apple Pencil - Image Courtesy of Apple
Update: The ordering page on the Thai site went live later in the day and the full pricing is now shown:
Users first choose the colour, then the size/connection options, and the Buy button then goes live.
Apple TV and Siri Remote - Image Courtesy of Apple
I am not sure how successful the new Apple TV will be here: the number of channels is low and does not match the range in other countries. It needs some local output (such as Grammy and others) to be of more relevance to users here. Prices here are also higher than in the United States as the devices (32 GB 8500 baht, 64 GB, 10,500 baht) carry additional duties. There was a minor update to the version of iOS used on the Apple TV (9.0.1) earlier this week.
Early reports are giving high marks to the apps now on Apple TV. In the Shopping section of the iTunes App Store, there are now a number of apps in a category of Shop & Sell on the Go; and as a sub-section of that there are a number of apps in a category of Shop & Sell on the Go. One of the main values of the Apple TV to me is the way I can link my devices (Macs, iOS) via WiFi and show content on the larger TV screen.
Also in the iTunes App Store is a section that shows a number of iPhone apps that also work on the Apple Watch, although it is not always easy to find these on the main page of the App Store.
Apple Watch Sport
Since the initial release of the device, new colors have been added to the Apple Watch Sport and there are several new bands. I have been using the Apple Watch with a Milanese Loop band for the last couple of months. A couple of weeks ago I added to that with an Apple Watch Sport in the new gold colour. I had been underwhelmed by the silver finish Sport version earlier: I am not a sports person by any stretch of the imagination. However, the gold version looks really good on my wrist. There is also a new rose gold Apple Watch Sport.
Apple Watch bands: Monday, Product (red); Tuesday Midnight Blue; Wednesday, Stone
Apple Watch bands: Thursday, White; Friday Light Blue; Saturday, Lavender
Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and a selection of bands
The idea of having a second watch is not an affectation. I know many people with more than one traditional watch. One of my students (whom I know wants the Sports model) already has five other watches, including some well-known brand names.
A user in Korat who had his iPhone 6s delivered last week, wrote to me with questions about the setup. Once I had reassured him, he began to use it, then wrote back, with the comment, "Everything is so fast and smooth. . . the camera is superb," adding that the 6s is "probably the nicest computing device I've ever owned. A real pleasure to use. I should have upgraded earlier."
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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