Apple Watch Series 2

Let’s call it what it is: a fitness tracker.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is exactly that. It’s what Apple had resisted calling its wearable for the past year and a half, even declining to categorise it as such when citing industry rankings, opting for the “smartwatch” category instead. It is, definitely, still a smartwatch. But the Watch now has focus, and that’s a good thing.

From the first Apple Watch, which came out in April of 2015, Apple learned that lots of people were using it primarily for health and fitness-tracking purposes. They had been groomed by years of Fitbits and Jawbones and Garmins and Polars and “smart” scales and the whole notion of the quantified self, which promises self-betterment if you could just get a handle on your personal data. Apple learned that people will pay for technology that promises an escape from technology, even if only for 30-minute sweaty increments of time.

The first Apple Watch was a traditional first-gen Apple product: elegant in its design, but lacking key components; a more intuitive interface than a lot of its competitors had to offer, but glitchy and with slow-to-load apps. But Apple is rich and influential enough that it can miss once and still get a do-over, something not every tech company gets. Apple can afford to iterate. And it has.

The Apple Watch is now both more and less of the things it was trying to be. The addition of GPS and better water resistance make it more of a fitness tracker. The new, distilled software means it doesn’t have ambitions of acting like a “smartphone replacement,” and instead it feels more like a useful accessory. Is it as essential as the smartphone? No, it may never be. But it now makes a little more sense as part of the Apple ecosystem.

27-inch iMac 5K Retina

The 27in 5K iMacs jump from Haswell to Skylake – which is two CPU generations, they also move up one GPU generation, and the storage bandwidth is twice as much. In addition, the display quality is better than ever and you can buy 64GB of third-party RAM as a user upgrade. All this adds up to a pretty impressive update. Our main criticism is that the Fusion Drive isn’t standard across the range, and, even worse, the SSD part is now much smaller. However, the new 27-inch iMac line-up is great value for money, if you were to purchase a 5K display of this quality it would cost a lot more than the price of the 5K iMac, and it wouldn’t come with a fast, capable, fully functioning computer


There are three standard 27in models. These are spec-ed and priced as follows:

iMac, 27in, quad-core 3.2GHz, 1TB hard drive, AMD Radeon R9 M380, £1,449

iMac, 27in, quad-core 3.2GHz, 1TB fusion drive, AMD Radeon R9 M390, £1,599

iMac, 27in, quad-core 3.3GHz, 2TB fusion drive, AMD Radeon R9 M395, £1,849

If you were to fully spec out the ultimate top of the range build-to-order (BTO) model you could get: 4GHz quad-core i7, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and faster AMD Radeon R9 M395X graphics – it would cost you £3,289. £1,440 more than the standard top of the range model, and just £10 less than the top of the range standard Mac Pro, which costs £3,299.

Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are deeply unusual devices. They are full of aggressive breaks from convention while wrapped in cases that look almost exactly like their two direct predecessors. Even that continuity of design is a break from convention; after almost a decade of Apple’s steady two-year iPhone update pattern, merely retaining the same design for a third straight year plays against expectations.

Inside that case, everything else about the iPhone 7 is a decisive statement about the future. The dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus promise to usher in a new era in mobile photography. The iconic iPhone home button is no longer a physical button, but instead a sophisticated ballet of pressure sensors and haptic vibration motors that simulate the feel of a button. The new A10 Fusion processor blends two high-power cores that rival laptop performance with two low-power cores that combine with a much larger battery to extend run time by up to two hours.

And, yes, Apple has removed the headphone jack.