I don't think I'm that far ahead of you- the apple I showed was one of the first ripe on the tree, as evidenced by it falling off on it's own. Most of the others are about 1/2 red. This one is only 85% red, as the lighter part is near my index finger. Also, the apples look much darker red after being shined. Maybe my daughter was eating with her eyes when she said that it was the best apple ever. It's also been a while since she had an apple, as she just got back from 5 weeks of badminton training in Thailand.
That looks horrible. Some of my apples are cracking like that (mostly the russets), but I don't think it is affecting my Asian pears. I'm afraid to look now...
Yes, it seems to be pretty healthy for me. It's a strong grower as well. The graft that fruited took over a bit and is now half the tree, with a wider caliper than the host (Fondante Lille on Quince). I also have some grafted to OHxF87 which is growing pretty quickly, but hasn't fruited yet.
It was part way between crunchy and melting, moderately juicy and medium sweet. Not the highest flavored pear, but not bad. Especially for the season. I may be able to add some more after I've sampled the rest of the fruit. Of the ripe one, I only had a bit, as we split it 4 ways.