Nitpicking the iPhone X Announcement

Yes, the iPhone X looks awesome. Yes, I want one. But anyone can talk about the good stuff. How about some of the annoying, nitpicky details?

  • Poor Craig Federighi. Was his face too handsome for Face ID?

  • A cellular Apple Watch won't be useful to me until it's as easy to play podcasts on the watch as it is on the iPhone. Until I can easily get podcasts on my Apple Watch and AirPods, I can't leave my iPhone very far behind anyway. I'll be sticking with my Series 2 for now. Plus, as a Type 1 diabetic,  I'm hopeful that the rumored glucose monitoring features will come to Apple Watch Series 4 in 2018.

  • I was crossing my fingers and wishing (foolishly, I'll admit) that they'd reveal that the existing AirPods charging case has secretly had wireless charging capability all along. I know, I know -- I ought to know better.

  • On iPhone X, Control Center is now accessed by dragging down from the top right corner of the screen. But, Reachability doesn't exist on iPhone X. So I'll be regularly swiping down from the top, but I'm not sure I can always reach that corner. Something I'll need hands-on experience to fully wrap my head around.

iPhone Event: The Set List Isn’t the Performance

Jason Snell distills down a thought I had this weekend, and he does it much more articulately than I could have. A great read for those looking forward to tomorrow's iPhone announcement.

So huge swaths of tomorrow’s Apple media event appear to have been leaked. [...] Still, it’s a little like saying that reading a set list is a replacement for attending a concert. The appeal of an Apple product launch is not a product’s spec sheet, it’s the reveal. (If you want to test this, refuse to watch an Apple product launch sometime and limit yourself to the Tech Specs pages. Good luck.)

Build Your Own NASA Saturn V Rocket With LEGO

My eyes lit up when I heard this was now available. Another great set to come from the LEGO Ideas program. My favorite part is that once assembled, it actually breaks into stages like the real Saturn IV used in the Apollo missions.  Plus, at over 3 feet tall, the thing is huge! Anyone want to help me convince my wife that $120 is worth it?