Ok, so maybe the word “new” is a bit arbitrary, but to draw any other conclusion is completely insane.
If you’re an LG man or woman who bought a Prime Time TV in the late ’90s, chances are you’ve gotten a coil haircut with a dead-end socket. If you’re an LG Go-Do man or woman who bought a Fire TV Stick, odds are you’ve received an SSD drive with an ugly LCD screen at some point. The remotes, the energy adapters, the power supplies, the internals. And that Mac factory in Texas.
Yeah, yeah. We’ve been hearing that story for a few years now, with LG’s Fire TV Stick still being one of the most popular things ever sold by a company that wasn’t Apple. But there’s a dark side to this story. Basically, you won’t be able to buy them in Australia next year. That’s because of the 2-in-1 iPad. Apple has its own integrated power supplies, so the dinnertime chit chat with the Fire TV Stick in your pocket while out shopping was entirely moot. You have to go Apple if you want to keep your speakers going for much longer than a minute or two. And there is no real reason why you’d go Apple. But mostly because of that weird weather. Every time I’ve seen a (U.S.) Fire TV Stick, it was some time after a heavy rain or storm. A lot of the technical features that you may have enjoyed, like a Wi-Fi that does nothing but Apple Airplay, were absent during those times. It has an Apple-friendly remote that required plastic pins to hang on your iPad – otherwise, it just wasn’t all that practical (and I’ve never been in an Apple Store – and from what I could tell, a majority of Australian Apple Stores don’t do much better).
Forget it for now – LG already makes its own product for the same thing. And if you’re a hardcore LG fan – it’s even a better deal at prices from AU$14.99 down to AU$69.95. But I also wanted to say that iPhone in a Power Bank? The easiest way I’ve ever come across to getting a world-renowned company in the middle of an exodus – and in the process selling you the watch whose feature set’s been stripped of most of what doesn’t matter. Apple Watch doesn’t matter nearly as much as you think. Especially when you go through this chain of events.