Apple event: the reaction on Twitter and blogs14 Sep 2012
As usual after any Apple event, the Internet was abuzz with reactions to the company's latest offerings: the iPhone 5, iOS 6, iTunes 11, and a new lineup of iPods.
As Macworld senior editor Dan Moren tweeted: "How did I miss more than 1000 tweets in three hours? You nerds talk too much."
No surprises here
With rumors in heavy circulation in the weeks leading up to the announcement, the general consensus was that there weren't many surprises here. We knew there would be an iPhone 5, based on Apple's event invitation. iOS 6 had already been announced at WWDC earlier in the year. And some leaked shots of Apple's website pointed to an iTunes update as well. Perhaps it was the lack of mystery that caused some people to react less-than enthusiastically.
iPhone 5: Love it or leave it
CNET and Mashable were quick to release polls on whether or not people plan on buying an iPhone 5. As of Thursday morning, the polls showed similar results, with the public decidely split: CNET's poll found that 44 percent of respondents either "definitely" or "probably" buy; 45 percent said "probably not" or "nope." Mashable's findings were similar.
Opinions among tech writers and editors seemed to be split, too. CNET's Roger Cheng argued that the iPhone 5 isn't drastically different from the 4S and called it "ho-hum." Mat Honan from Wired's Gadget Lab called it both "boring" and "amazing" at the same time. And our own Lex Friedman opined that iPhone 4S users could probably sit this one out and wait until next year's release.
On a more positive note, TechHive contributer Daniel Ionescu compared the iPhone 5 to other smartphones on the market and found it to be a hot contender.
The new iPods
As for the new iPods, one opinion was pretty consistent: The new nano doesn't look like an Apple product. For one thing, the interface strays far from iOS (even though the gadget doesn't purport to run the mobile operating system). Lots of people appeared to have been thrown off by the nano's rounded icons. Lots of them noted the nano's similarities to the recently announced Nokia Lumia. Opinions seemed to be divided about the array of case colors (with matching screen backdrops), and, when marveling at the nano's new size, many pointed out that you could no longer wear it as a watch.
Although the latest iPod touch is heralded as a great gaming device, the main focus has been on its hefty price tag--$299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes pointed out on Twitter that the high-end touch now costs the same as a low-end iPad; other tweets suggested that the price point of the touch would be equivalent to the heavily rumored "iPad mini."
As for the new version of iTunes, the big excitement seemed to focus on the new (and much welcomed) Up Next feature.
At first, the EarPod announcement drew little attention on Twitter and in the blogosphere beyond a few Doctor Who references and jabs about its name.
But later, after people started to get their hands on them and tried them out, the tone changed a bit. Bloggers noted that the bass sounded good, that the design is more comfortable, and they the EarPods in general are a vast improvement over Apple's old phones.