Apple made a lot of changes to their lineup of personal devices this week— some announced and some more quietly. As an averaged sized woman with small wrists, I have some thoughts and feels about these changes. I’ve already talked about my preference to use a phone one-handed and not carry a purse here: Judge my hand by its size, do you?
So what changes did Apple make to their iPhone and Apple Watch lineup that might impact the fairer sex (among others)?
The only real difference between the fancy new iPhones are their screens and battery life.
The iPhone X 🅂 and the iPhone X 🅂 MAX have the same camera system
As far as we know pre-release, the iPhone X 🅂 and the iPhone X 🅂 MAX have the same computing internals
This is huge because it means that we don’t have to compromise at the high end to get the best phone in the smaller size.
The amazing and wonderful new Apple Watch is thinner with a larger screen
The hand-and-pocket-sized iPhone SE was removed from the Apple Store
The new Apple Watch actually takes up more space on your wrist
This is going to be a problem for my mother, who got an Apple Watch for it’s heart monitoring, but has the world’s smallest wrists and the Series 3 already takes up most of the real estate on her wrist.
The new non-flagship phone, iPhone X 🅁, only comes in a size that is between the two fancy phones (even bigger than the iPhone X 🅂).
While it’s great that the new, fanciest phones have the same internals and camera features, even the smaller iPhone X 🅂, like the iPhone X before it, is still too big and heavy for me to use comfortably. That means, I won’t be updating to the iPhone X 🅂, but it gives me hope for the future— it feels possible that a future, smaller phone might be feature-matched and fit in my hand.
I haven’t tried on the new watch to see how it fits on my wrists, so I can’t speak to that. The new, slightly bigger area design might look better on smaller wrists because it isn’t as thick, but I also don’t want it spilling over the side of my wrist.
It puts those of us who really prefer smaller devices in a “wait and see” mode. Again.