“It might have been tame when compared to some of its other announcements this fall, but Apple last week still managed to generate a little buzz around a relatively dull product category: input devices,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “In one fell swoop it updated its entire line of Mac accessories for the first time in years, sporting built-in rechargeable batteries and the latest technologies.”
“While they were certainly overdue for a refresh, it was still a surprising move. Mac sales are only a fraction of Apple’s quarterly revenue, and the vast majority of Macs sold are notebooks,” Simon writes. “But Apple clearly spent considerable time and resources on its new accessory lineup. They’re impressive devices, but after an initial flurry of sales to diehards, they’re not going to make much noise at all, and since we probably won’t see another upgrade until the Apple Car makes its appearance, you could wonder why Apple bothered at all.”
Simon writes, “But it’s not about what they can do today; I think Apple has something much bigger in store for its Magic devices — and it has very little to do with pointing and clicking.”
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MacDailyNews Take: “A universal OS that seamlessly switches between mobile and desktop apps” would be wonderful, of course, but the Internet is still the bottleneck. With iCloud Photo Library and “Optimize Device Storage” on, we have to wait sometimes to edit a photo we’ve just taken on our iPhone! (Hey, Apple, can’t you keep the most recent 25 or so photos locally on the device at all times, even with “Optimize Device Storage” on, so that just-taken photos can be edited immediately without downloading?)
Imagine a cloud-based device that switches between OS X and iOS – hurry up and wait!