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Old Sep 13th 2019, 4:48 pm
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'Tis the season...

The iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 were announced on Tuesday, along with a new base iPad.

For the first time, I have jumped on the bandwagon and ordered a new phone and watch, both of which I managed to place the order early enough to have them delivered on launch day, next Friday, September 20th!

I have a Series 3 watch and was considering the upgrade to the S4 because of the fall detection. As many of you know, I had a sepsis episode earlier this year and, combined with my lack of balance through neuropathy, really need this feature. I reached the four year landmark of quitting smoking, so I was due to buy myself a present anyway, so I waited for the new model.

As for the phone, I am due an upgrade. My iPhone X will be passed to my DW to replace her 6s and I'm getting the iPhone 11 Pro Max. My payments will increase by just a few cents over $4.00/Mo to get the bigger size.

This is the first time I got the 'launch-day' bug and I must admit, it's pretty cool!

Anyone else planning on upgrading?
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The fall detector on the watch is useful. The dog tripped me up on a walk and I was left lying in the road and my S4 watch detected my plight. Mrs L was greatly amused. I haven't purchased on launch day for some years but it was fun tracking the FedEx package out of China when I did. Was going to replace my 7S+ but as the 11 doesn't have 5G decided to pass.
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Anyone else planning on upgrading?
No, I kept my last iPhone for five years and have had this one for three.
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'Tis the season...

The iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 were announced on Tuesday, along with a new base iPad.
For the first time, I have jumped on the bandwagon and ordered a new phone and watch, both of which I managed to place the order early enough to have them delivered on launch day, next Friday, September 20th!
I have a Series 3 watch and was considering the upgrade to the S4 because of the fall detection. As many of you know, I had a sepsis episode earlier this year and, combined with my lack of balance through neuropathy, really need this feature. I reached the four year landmark of quitting smoking, so I was due to buy myself a present anyway, so I waited for the new model.
As for the phone, I am due an upgrade. My iPhone X will be passed to my DW to replace her 6s and I'm getting the iPhone 11 Pro Max. My payments will increase by just a few cents over $4.00/Mo to get the bigger size.

This is the first time I got the 'launch-day' bug and I must admit, it's pretty cool!

Anyone else planning on upgrading?
Nah...was completely underwhelmed by everything.
Which was a relief - no temptation to resist...

My XR - purchased just 6 mos. ago - is just as good as the 11 upgrade, far as I'm concerned
Believe it or not - it replaced a 5s which I'd used since release day Sept. 2013 (!) - back in the Dark Ages
And loved.
I find the XR a technical marvel and aesthetic horror - a big, heavy, clunky brick - its 3 buttons in the wrong positions

My iPad Mini4 does all I need it for - and more
Still use my original iPad Mini as well
and have a mid-2015 MacBook Pro...which, tho technically great, pales beside the mid-2010 MacBook Pro it replaced.

Bottom line - tho I remain an Apple acolyte - I feel they've lost their Zen/Aesthetic sensibility since Steve Job's passing.
Fugly has replaced Subtle,

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The days of me getting excited about the latest iPhone release and buying it on launch day have long since passed. More than happy with my current XS max.
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Had the iPhone X since the day of release, passing it onto the wife as her iPhone 8 is destroyed and has been barely working for a while so upgraded to the 11 Pro.

Had a watch last year as a birthday gift from work, promptly gave it to my wife. Cannot stand the thing, I basically look at the watch and see I have a text message or email and then proceed to pick my iPhone up.
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I've never bought on launch day, except this year. I was awake anyway as it was 7am Central. I ordered the new iPhone and decided to replace my Series 4 watch at the same time. I'm not at all concerned about 5G, it is not available in anything but a few isolated areas. 4G LTE is more than adequate for anything I currently do. 5G will, when and if its ever rolled out across the US, offer sub millisecond latency as posed to several milliseconds at present, so what....
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It’s weird that the latest iPhone is not supposed to support 5g, and yet my work iPhone XR shows me connected to a 5g network? Surely if it’s only getting 4g coverage, it should say as such?
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What carrier are you on? I would suggest it's being mis-reported.

It's physically impossible to be using 5G as no iPhone is equipped with the hardware to use the technology, not even the new iPhone 11s.
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Default Re: New iPhones and Apple Watches, oh my!

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What carrier are you on? I would suggest it's being mis-reported.

It's physically impossible to be using 5G as no iPhone is equipped with the hardware to use the technology, not even the new iPhone 11s.
The carrier is first net, it’s a first responder network. Thought I’d run a speed test. It’s definitely quicker. 50mps download, 18.3 upload against my personal phone on Verizon which is 6.25 mps and 12.mps. Quite a big difference. Anyway, as you say, iPhones can’t handle 5g so it must be an error.
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It's not an error, AT&T (who operate FirstNet) updated their carrier bundle a while ago so LTE shows up as 5GE. It's not really 5G, it's just LTE. They did the same with 4G years ago, labelling 3G HSPA as "4G"...

https://www.macrumors.com/guide/5ge/
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Originally Posted by Olly_ View Post
It's not an error, AT&T (who operate FirstNet) updated their carrier bundle a while ago so LTE shows up as 5GE. It's not really 5G, it's just LTE. They did the same with 4G years ago, labelling 3G HSPA as "4G"...

https://www.macrumors.com/guide/5ge/
alternative facts, aka marketing?
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alternative facts, aka marketing?
Indeed
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Indeed
My ex sister-in-law gave me an ipod for xmas in 2005. It got stolen in 2009. That is the extent of my Apple experience!
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I got a new iPhone last year. I change it when my contract runs out...every 2 years. I reuse mine old ones as bedside clocks.
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