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Apple Products: Revolutionary or Not So Original?


By Jessica Buettner
PERSPECTIVES EDITOR

PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA

PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA

During the past few days, the Apple Company held a special meeting to talk about the new products they’re going to release. The products feature new technology that will help benefit anyone who buys them and will improve the way they live their lives. Unfortunately, the number of improvements does not live up to the hype. Most of the products mirror the last wave of products.
One of the new products is the new iPad Pro. This new iPad is bigger by a few inches, compared to the previous iPads. It basically has the ability to do all of the things that the original iPad can do, but the starting retail price for this product will be close to $800. Weighing just nearly at 2 pounds, it seems that this product is just a bit heavier than some of the other iPads that the company has created.
Along with the actual iPad Pro, the company has decided to create a few other new features to go along with this product. One of these products is the Smart Keyboard, a new keyboard attachment that allows you to type onto your iPad. There are three ways that you can use the keyboard attachment: you can use it to as a keyboard, a kickstand, or as a cover for the iPad.
There is also the newly introduced Apple Pencil: a stylus that pretty much feels like an actual pencil when it is held in someone’s hand. This is another product that can only be used with the iPad Pro and it’ll allow a person to do things they couldn’t do with just a regular stylus; such as taking handwritten notes for class or draw a new piece of art.
The iPad Pro along with the smart keyboard and apple pencil, it kind of reminded me of the Surface Pro 3 that Microsoft has developed in the past year or two. It made me think about the rivalry that has been going on between Apple and Microsoft, trying to see who can make the better products. I was really impressed when I saw that Microsoft was coming out with a unique product such as the Surface Pro 3 because I haven’t seen anything like it before. Then, when I heard about the new iPad with keyboard and pencil, the first thought that came into my head was that they might not be as original as they used to be.
Anyways, moving on to the next product: the iPad mini 4, a new iPad that is a bit heavier than the iPad mini 2, but it seems to be the same size as it. Despite the fact that the new iPad mini has some differences in design and weight, it also has the basic and needed features that most iPads do have. The starting price for this product starts at about $400 and the prices go up because it depends on the amount of gigabytes the iPad can take and if you want Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi plus cellular service.
Most people have also heard about the Apple Watch that just came out a few months ago. The company thinks that the watch could be improved even more, so they decided to include some new features to make it better than what it already is. With the new update, people can change the design of the watch when people look at it, they can use more variety of apps, and they can use activation lock to keep the watch protected.
With all of these new products and updates to already made products, the Apple company seems to be taking a turn either for good or for the worst. Some of the Apple products aren’t showing any originality as much as they used to be. There are others who may think that they are truly trying to change the way that they used to be because they know how fast the world is changing.