Analysts react to Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event

Jonny Evans has collected a range of analyst opinion and dug out some additional insights for his collection of reactions to Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event on April 20th at which the company launched an M1 iMac, an M1 iPad Pro, AirTag, purple iPhones, a new Apple TV, Podcast subscriptions, and Apple Card Family.

Apple's 'Spring Loaded' event icon
Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event icon

Jonny Evans for Apple Must:

Lynnette Luna, Principal Analyst at GlobalData said:

“The ecosystem message was strong. Nearly every product announcement was about how well each product or service works together. That continues to be a significant weakness of rival Samsung.

“Apple Card was about bringing more family users into the fold to get them into the Apple ecosystem. Apple TV’s enhancements hit on how well the hardware works with the iPhone to balance and check color on any TV. The new iMac, while seeing significant hardware enhancements, also highlighted the ability to hand off capabilities between the iMac and other devices, using the iPhone as an example.

“Apple’s biggest announcement was the new iPad Pro with a new M1 chip and 5G capabilities, which should help carriers in their quest to sell new 5G subscriptions. A new ultra wide camera on the iPad Pro pans automatically to follow users as they move around and widens out if a second person enters the screen. The feature rivals Facebook Portal and Amazon Echo.”

…On AirTag, CCS Insights wrote: “Apple arguably has the largest mesh networks on the planet by virtue of its one billion active iPhone users. This means the probability of finding a lost item that is attached to an AirTag is likely much higher than any other rival Bluetooth-based tracker.”

MacDailyNews Take: Many more analyst reactions to the most recent Apple event are in the full article.

Pretty much everyone, no matter how effusive, is underestimating AirTag. Once AirTag trackers are out and about and easily finding lost items (and pets), there will be considerable word of mouth praise for AirTag, otherwise known as The Perfect Christmas Stocking Stuffer™ for 2021.

4 Comments

  1. I wanted to buy at least one AirTag, so I decided to try out Find My on my current devices while they were all next to me in my house, and I did it several times. Find My most often correctly located them, but sometimes it showed one or more of them as being 300 feet away at my neighbor’s house separated from my house by a fence. Find My helpfully showed me a map showing me how to walk around the block to the location where my devices weren’t.

    I reconsidered my purchase.

      1. https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/22/first-findings-with-apples-new-airtag-location-devices/

        You guys have way too much confidence in Apple’s hype. Apple didn’t share anything that indicates Airtags are going to be superior to any other tracker already available for long distance tracking. They all rely on a combination of networks. Apple doesn’t control most of those networks.

        Bluetooth range is ~40 feet in ideal conditions. NFC less than that. Wifi is triangulated and therefore basically useless if you have only one wifi transmitter in the area. GPS or mobile signal also relies on triangulation of satellite reception or terrestrial towers, and we all know that there are zones all over the world with bad reception, and low population density.

        So while it is great Apple’s implementation of a NFC chip allows for precise location between your latest iPhone and your shiny new Airtag when you’re within a pebble’s throw, long distance location outside the range of the U1 will always have inaccuracies. it’s unlikely that the growing number of NFC devices in the world will establish a comprehensive location network outside of high population density urban areas. To be accurate to within inches at all times, there would need to be a grid of Apple devices every 40 feet or so covering the planet.

        As a theft deterrent, this is a rather weak device too. It needs to be out in the open for radio reception, but shielding or disabling when discovered by the thief is elementary.

        Pet owners, don’t bother. When your dog decides to race off into the rural gully, you are better off relying on proper dog training and a whistle than an Airtag. And if you think putting one of these on your cat is useful, then good luck. Cats don’t care about you finding them, you’re only a food supplier.

        The real market for the Airtag is the same as the Watch — absentminded people with tons of disposable income who think the illusion of saving a few seconds is worth hundreds or thousands of dollars in consumer electronics. People who think that knowing where your luggage at an airport is will make it come down the conveyor faster. So Apple will sell gazillions of them.

    1. You misunderstand how technology works. Find My is using WiFi to give you a triangulated position that can vary by a few hundred feet. But AirTags use BluTooth, and as soon as you get into BluTooth range you get more precise locations and are lead straight to the AirTag.

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