Tomorrow, Apple announces:
- A 4.7 inch iPhone
- (Possibly) a 5.5 inch iPhone
- (Probably) an iWatch wearable device
I currently have a Moto 360 heading to a Best Buy with my name on it, likely due to arrive on Thursday. Its arrival and purchase will cement both my allegiance with Android (at least for the next couple of years) and with wireless charging, as I will have the Holy Trinity of Qi-compatible smartphone, tablet, and wearable.
However, iOS8 is impressive. Very impressive. It fills in most of the functionality gaps between iOS and Android that I’ve been waiting for since my move to Android a couple of years ago. It also brings larger phones to iOS – another thing I’ve been waiting for. As someone who wants his technology to “just work”, and is already heavily invested in Apple’s ecosystem in the form of OS X, Apple has a serious chance of winning me back over tomorrow, depending on how solid their line-up is. It’s not that I’m tired of Android – I just see serious value on being all-end with a particular hardware ecosystem, and right now, nothing in the Android line-up delivers quite the comprehensive hardware ecosystem that Apple does.
I don’t think iOS8 with a larger iPhone will be quite enough to win me back, though – in many ways, it hinges on what their wearable brings to the table. If it’s as health and fitness-based as rumors suggest, then it will be hard to resist, given my near-obsession with the marriage of exercise and technology.
Either way, tomorrow proves to be very interesting. The time has come, as The Verge put it, to choose my religion.