Last Wednesday, Apple announced a trio of new iPhones, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. In attendance were Seniorhelpline' Editor in Chief Ryan D'Agostino and his son John, who was kind enough to file the following report.
The email appeared on my phone. The background was all black, and there was a big gold circle. “Gather round,” it said in gold letters. I knew what it was, because I had seen some people post it online—but it wasn’t that exciting before, because it was like, “Oh, look, this is the invitation for the lucky people who are going.” But before, I wasn’t one of them.
Now I was.
It took me two hours to fall asleep.
When I arrived at school, I rushed to my locker and told all my friends. Two of my friends in particular were really excited—they’re big Apple fans and they both have the iPhone X.
In San Francisco, my Mom, Dad, and I took the rental car straight to the pizza place my dad said is so good (Delfina). He goes there every time he goes to San Francisco—drives there right from the airport, so that’s what we did. And then after he gets pizza, he goes to the ice cream store (Bi-Rite Creamery) down the block. So that’s what we did too.
It was really hard because every second I just wanted to go to Apple, but it was still two days away. But the pizza and ice cream were great.
Sometimes when I’m bored, I just go to the Apple Store and look at iPads, Apple watches, iMacs, and iPhones. I watch YouTube videos of upcoming iPhones, or news about new software updates or beta versions. And now I was going to the big event.
We drove down listening to my favorite music—the songs my mom doesn’t like the lyrics to. But it made me excited.
At Apple, we pulled into the wrong entrance. We had to turn around and drive all these different streets until we finally got to the parking garage. I’m so excited I even greeted the parking people.
My dad and I saw Apple Park—the infinity loop. It was awesome. I had no idea it was so open and futuristic and vibrant.
They guided us up to the Steve Jobs Theater. We walked up this winding path surrounded by a lot of plants. It felt like we were in a humongous terrarium, and we were little insects. Then we arrived at this glass thing, like a mini Apple Park infinity loop because it was round. I was taking a lot of pictures and my dad was eating these little things with caviar on top, I think. I ate two fruit kabobs.
We all started gathering by the stairs. Suddenly I saw Marques Brownlee and iJustine and UrAvgConsumer, three of my favorite YouTubers! I got my picture taken with them.
Finally, they let us walk down into the theater. I just left my dad and ran down the stairs, dodging people and weaving through camera guys. Since I was the only kid there, there were a lot of Apple employees smiling at me and saying hi—more than to the other people. I looked back at my dad in the crowd and he said, “Save seats!”
I saved two seats right in the middle of the media section, and it was really cool to see all the reporters posting on Twitter and working at their work stations.
Then it started: The opening commercial was amazing, then Tim Cook walked onto the stage, and I was like, “Oh my gosh! That’s Tim Cook!” I was at the edge of my seat. Then another really important guy, I forgot his name, came out—the head of Apple Watch. He introduced the Series 4. Big new screen, amazing wallpapers, ECG-taking thingamabobber. it was awesome. At the end of the presentation, I said, “Dad, I have to get this!”
Then Tim Cook came back out, and said, “We have a couple more announcements.” The next was the iPhone XS and XS Max. I was screaming quietly to my dad about that. They had so many new features, like the new A12 Bionic processing chip, the new smart HDR, and the humongous screen.
When that was done they announced one more thing: The iPhone XR. That was really cool, because usually Apple announces three phones that are pretty high-end and expensive, but this phone had all the cool features but wasn’t as expensive as more-expensive past models. I thought that was really cool. It had the A12—I thought it would have a “budget” model A11, but it had the A12. And a 6.1-inch liquid retina display, which was cool.
They spoke about iOS12 (which I already had in beta), then the theater part was over.
I rushed into the hands-on area and was the first in line for hands-on for the iPhone XS and XS Max. They were amazing to hold. I made a YouTube video about it right there in the room.
There were a lot of people, but I saw a crowd gathered around somebody. I couldn’t see who it was. But I worked my way through and saw that it was Tim Cook! I really wanted to get a picture, but all these reporters and business people were asking him questions. There was this camera guy filming, and I got in his way for a second and he pushed me out of the way. Nobody could see me. Since I was the only kid there, the Apple employees noticed me. Tim Cook, after doing only one interview with another reporter, saw me and said, “Hey buddy, how you doing?” And I was like, “Uh, uh”…I was so excited. I said, “Could I get a picture with you?” And he said, “Sure!”
Apple, to me, is about what the future is. My parents are always telling me that I’m the future. So I guess I was in the right place