I know that my publishers sometimes sneak around in here checking up on me, so I give them fair warning; after watching the Apple keynote this morning I'm going to need bigger advances and fatter royalty rates. Much fatter. Because I’m buying all the things.
I stuck with my old iPhone 5S for two years, and it's starting to feel its age, especially the last few hours. I think there are a coupla gremlins in the iCloud dungeons, possibly shakin' ass to Apple Music. A clean install on a nice new shiny hyper expensive phone should sort that right out.
I'll be going with the 64 gig 6S+. I don't make that many phone calls on my handset and those I do tend to be on speakerphone at my desk. I do read, though. A lot. And I often have to do last-minute edits to columns and blogs, which is kind of a pain on a relatively small screen when I'm away from my office. So the big arse phone it is.
I'm currently rocking an iPad 4, and I have zero complaints about it, other than it not being an iPad Pro. I skipped the Air and Air2 because although they're beautiful looking tablets, and ridiculously overpowered, I simply didn't need them for media consumption, which is about three quarters of what I do on the pad.
I have done some creative work on the iPad, especially on the road, but until now there was no iPad which could match even a base level MacBook Air for content creation. I know that's heresy, but it's also true. It's a hundred little things, from lack of split screening to individual software quirks. Example? When I'm composing a blog post in iOS I can't scroll all the way through the text box in the back end of the Cheeseburger. I could get Dan to dive into the code and sort that out, but I've never bothered. I doubt IOS 9 will magically solve that particular issue, but it will solve dozens of other niggling problems that made working on the iPad less productive than using a laptop or desktop machine. I can see myself working on it now.
So, 64 gig iPad Pro with the lovely keyboard they stole from Microsoft's Surface, and the $99 Apple Pencil. This last is what I'm really looking forward to. From what I've seen of the demos online it's the first input device – don't call it a stylus, damn you – to ship with genuine palm rejection. It should turn the pad into a proper tablet for handwriting. Even having the ability to sign contracts without having to open them in a third party app like some sort of animal is worth the lazy hunnert they're asking.
And Apple TV? Are you fucking kidding me? TAKE MY MONEY NOW, TIM! The remote alone is reason enough to upgrade.