After 4 years I‘ll be getting a new Apple Watch. I thought about it already last year but I‘m really using it a lot lately, so that’s a good upgrade.

I‘m conflicted about their new service bundles. The integration of everything (including the new fitness service) is unbeatable. And that’s exactly my concern. I don’t want this, but I want it. Pricing is fine, but the storage levels are yet again laughable. I still can’t understand why there is no family photo library. I’m burning through double photo storage with my family photos and this is probably the reason this feature doesn’t exist. It would let me drop back to the standard iCloud storage tier. Tim Cook would be sad about this.

Of course, in terms of quality, integration and features, Apple is the gold standard. This means vendor lock-in. Do I want that? No I don’t. Is it convenient? Of course it is! The experience is great. But is has a cost. Not sure where this will lead in a couple of years.

I have to think about this some more. At the moment I would even be ready to switch back to Apple Music just because it would make things easier. Against my better judgment. I tried alternatives to the whole Apple ecosystem. There are none.

Manuel Riess @hutaffe