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Apple, PlayStation and advent of iteration: Girt by CNET podcast 86

Apple and Sony had back to back press events this week, announcing hardware upgrades and updates for their flagship products. But is iteration innovation? When is it time to buy a new device?

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Yes, this week was iP day, the name that we completely made up to refer to the slew of new hardware announcements from Apple and PlayStation that landed on Thursday.

Apple took to the stage in San Francisco to announce the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch Series 2 and the wireless headphones that has the internet all in a tizzy. There was also a surprise appearance by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, who announced a Mario game was on its way to iOS. Eat your heart out, Pokemon Go.

We take a look at what the new Apple hardware has on offer and whether the next generation of Apple tech is enough to get it over the line. And, of course, we weigh in on the absent headphone jack.

Sony's press conference was a more muted affair, where it announced a pair of iterations on its current PlayStation 4 console. The Slim does what it says on the tin, but the Pro incorporates 4K and HDR playback (but not, surprisingly, 4K Blu-ray capabilities, like the Xbox One S released a few weeks ago).

The big question about these announcements is how they fit in to upgrade cycles and product lifespan. Apple's devices offer clear improvements over previous generations, but are expectations too high? Will Sony split its own customer base with iterations on long-term hardware like video game consoles? The Girt team goes deep on the issue.

Girt by CNET podcast 86

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