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Was iPhone 6 launch "pure Apple theatre"...?!

22 Sep 14

Much has already been written on Apple’s mega launch last week and most would agree that unveiling three major new products at one event is just showing off.

Apple probably had half of this gear sitting around for years, but it just felt like the company has been lulling its competitors into a false sense of security, before giving them so much to worry about – Samsung has presumably had to hire armies of therapists just to keep its senior execs sane.

Ovum analyst Simon Dyson believes Apple CEO Tim Cook has done a good job maintaining the theatrical nature of Apple product launches, even if he lacks Steve Jobs’ more messianic qualities.

"There were the usual tortured superlatives – the Apple Watch is apparently “Apple’s Most Personal Device Ever,” and that’s saying something as it’s produced some pretty personal stuff in its time," he reflects.

"The event choreography has been slavishly maintained, right down to appearances from middle-of-the-road rock acts and the old “…one more thing” chestnut."

Following the launch, various live blogs offered a lesson on objectivity and understatement … "NOT," claims Dyson.

"Such was the pace of an event that offered three major announcements in the time it would normally allocate to just one that the ecstatic writers started showing symptoms of chronic over-stimulation," he claims.

"Even the smallest, most incremental revelation was acknowledged with religious fervor and adjectives such as “insane” and “sick” somehow found their way into the breathless narrative."

Dyson does admit however that the event was "pretty good, even by Apple standards", and nobody does product launches in quite the same way.

"Many try, but as Samsung found out at the start of the year, a lot can go wrong," he adds.

"It’s possible that only an Apple level of control-freakery can ensure such things go without a hitch

"But Apple appears to have taken its belief that it knows what’s best for its punters a step too far this time."