It took 4+ weeks to get here but I’ve been far too busy to really care about not having one so when my wife dropped it on my chest as I lay passed out on my couch (I didn’t hear the knock on the door) I didn’t react in my typical fashion of exuberance; sleep seemed like a much more attractive activity than restoring and reconfiguring a new device.
But eventually my curiosity gave way and I stumbled to my notebook computer with the small package in hand. 5 minutes later I was in the process of restoring an iCloud version and was generally underwhelmed.
It’s not that I’m not going to enjoy the device – it’s just that this iteration doesn’t feel as ground-breaking as the previous versions that have been released. I’m not exactly sure what it is quite yet but I imagine it has to do with the core (and perhaps only) motive for getting the new version in the first place: Image capture.
You see, my wife and I made a very clear and intentional decision almost 1 year ago to the day that if we were going to capture our lives and the lives of our children digitally then it would be through our mobile devices exclusively.
I had purchased a DSLR and really loved it as the images that it captured were stunning. But, as the saying goes, the best camera is the one that you have on you and I simply cannot lug any sized DSLR around with me and the speed at which life happens does not wait for one to quickly boot up a DSLR.
Consequently, my decision to get the larger iPhone 6 was simply because I wanted the very best image capture experience and the 6 Plus had the “Optical Image Stabilization” technology while the smaller one did not.
So, since my motive and intent was simple and clearly defined it was just a matter of waiting patiently to retire my iPhone 5S so that I could get a device that would capture my family’s journey together with a little more clarity and fidelity.
And, as a result, the rest of the device itself is just icing from both the hardware upgrades / form factor and the software implementation of iOS 8 into a larger frame. My lack of emotion, therefore, I believe is then understandable.
I took some pictures yesterday and a few videos while I was coaching my U-8 co-ed soccer team and they were amaaaaaaaazing. After reviewing them last night I actually got a bit more excited about my purchase since I could now see the results (up to 1080p quality):
By the way, I stitched these 4 videos together using Apple’s iMovie for iOS – super easy to do (I impressed myself)!
As my father has always asked me: “John, do you like your purchase?” I can confidently reply “Yes, yes I do.“