Observations from using the new iPhone and Watch

by Volker Weber


With a few days into using the new iPhone and Watch, I have some observations to share. Going through a long list of new features and celebrating all of them does not mean you will notice them after a few days, but here are a few that really stick:


I had a blue silicone cover on the 6S as you can see in the photo. With the black 7 I am leaning towards Cocoa and/or Red. What do you think?


Black leather, storm grey leather, or red solicone. Also considered cocoa for a while and I also used midnight blue on my 6s. Time for something new. Silicone is a bit "too handy" for me from time to time so leather seems like a good choice this year. But, have to see the grey one in person first. Time to hit an Apple Store.

Oliver Schwuchow, 2016-09-25

i'm leaning toward stormgrey also, had a black for my 6s. Cocoa looks nice, but i hate the silicone cover of my 9.7 ipad pro, i don't want this for my new matte black 7 Plus, so i might go with stormgrey (must see it in person) or again black leather.

Bernd Hofmann, 2016-09-25

Also have the tan leather case, after black the previous two years. Cocoa looks like a good choice but don it like the silicone touch. Storm grey seems to be popular, will wait and see in the family how the grey color holds up. Seeing me end up with another black case though.

Tobias Hauser, 2016-09-25

For a black iPhone i would take a silicone case in red or ocean blue.
Personally, i would maybe opt for a silver iPhone and a midnight blue silicone case.

Manfred Wiktorin, 2016-09-25

Red of course.

Thomas Klein, 2016-09-25

Volker, the WatchOS feature "Unlock MacOS with Watch" does not work for me, as long as the watch is paired with the iPhone over BlueTooth. Only after turning off BlueTooth on the iPhone the unlocking works for me. Does it work for you?

Felix Binsack, 2016-09-25

Check out the requirements. Does your Mac support Bluetooth Low Energy?

Volker Weber, 2016-09-25

I'm all red... red silicon case on the phone, red Lumia 2520 with red keyboard folio (yes, I still use that, especially when on travel). I like how the bright red sticks out from the dull masses of gadgets.

But of course that is primarily a matter of taste and personal preference...

Ragnar Schierholz , 2016-09-26

For the first time in a very long time, I'm planning to go case-less this time when the Jet Black 7+ finally arrives. The slightly more tacky case of the Jet Black will hopefully be enough to ensure it stays in hand when walking. We shall see!

Stuart McIntyre, 2016-09-26

@Volker and Felix: looks like 802.11ac is also required because of "time of flight" calculation. (see: https://networkingnerd.net/2016/09/21/apple-watch-unlock-802-11ac-and-time/)

Frank Mueller, 2016-09-26

Tan case....

These look extremely pretty.


Ian Bradbury, 2016-09-26

@Frank, thanks for the hint. I am still on MacBook Air 2013.

I guess I just have to wait for the new MacBook Air or whatever comes next.

Hope that I will have to wait not too much longer. Still not many rumors for the new MacBooks around.

Felix Binsack, 2016-09-26

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