New iPads from Apple

iPad Air

Apple closed the Apple store web site and when it reopened Apple had added two new iPads. A 10.5” iPad Air with bumped up specs. It is what used to be called an iPad Pro 10.5”.

iPad Mini

The other iPad is an iPad Mini with bumped up specs, and, like the new iPad Air, it has Apple Pencil support. So, I guess that means that an iPad Pro is no longer the only iPad with Apple Pencil support. That is fantastic! I have always loved the Apple Pencil support and bought the first iPad Pro in 2017 just for the Pencil support!

I’d love to get my wife the new iPad Mini. She has an iPad Mini 4 now and it just takes too long to do things (IMHO).

Trucking

As for truck drivers, the new iPad Mini would be a great GPS/Entertainment device.

I have used CoPilot GPS software since 2008 and it has done me very well with driving my 18 wheeler all over the country. I have always had a 9.7” or 10.5” iPad as my GPS in my truck and I would love to see just how well the 7.9” iPad Mini would work for me in the truck.

Switching Back to Apple

Switching to Back to Apple

In November of 1984, I purchased one of the first Apple Macintosh’s. It was a great computer! I was serving in the US Air Force at the time and we were just getting the Zenith Z–150 (IBM compatible) PC’s in the office at work. These computers were “good” for what we did with them, though I could have done a lot more with a Mac at the time. The software we used with the Z–150’s were WordStar, dBase II and Lotus 123. That’s when I fell in love with the “office suite of apps”. Anyway, I had a Mac! I was a fanboy!

The original Macintosh computer

John Scully and My Hatred for Apple

About the time John Scully forced Steve Jobs out of Apple, I started having problems with my Mac over-heating. At my local users group (of which, I was the President), I asked how many people were having this problem. Sixty percent said they were experiencing the same problem. I contacted Apple and they said there was ‘no problem with over-heating’. John Scully’s people obviously was not concerned about the Macintosh users and just wanted to make his Apple IIe and IIc users happy. Steve Jobs’ main concern was the Mac and John Scully did not want Steve or the Mac to be a success! That’s my personal opinion.

I was angry enough with Apple to vow to “never” buy anything from them again. When I say that you have to remember that John Scully did not want to sell the Mac at the Steve Jobs price of $1,995.00, he set the price at $2,495.00. In 1984, that was a lot of money (just over $5,500.00 in todays money). Plus, with the Apple ImageWriter printer, and the software I purchased, I spent almost $5,000.00 back then. (In todays money, that’s almost $10,000.00!)

After My Mac

In 1987, I got a job as a sales consultant for ComputerLand of Sherman (Texas). We had a few Mac’s, but they didn’t sell well in that area. People wanted the less expensive IBM PC’s and clones. I got heavily into DOS and really enjoyed what I could do with it. We sold the PC’s and later starting networking them together.

For almost 20 years after loosing my Mac, I was so made at Apple, that I wouldn’t buy any of their products.

The iPod Intrigued Me

Around 2005, I was getting interested in the iPod. I had switched careers and was driving a truck. I didn’t get many radio stations and was always having to change radio stations because I was driving from place to place. To say the least, I was not happy with that and wanted a way to listen to music while driving.

I got the first video iPod (30g of storage) and fell in love with it’s simplicity and quality. I could put all of my music on it and had room for podcasts.

The iPod got my hooked into the Apple environment.

The First iPhone

In 2007, I bought the first iPhone after my Treo 650 finally died. I will tell you that I loved having the Treo 650. Having a smart phone was fantastic and I knew then, that I’d never go back to just a plain phone.

As a truck driver and having Google Maps on my iPhone was a huge help to me. I also had my music and podcasts on my iPhone and the camera was wonderful. At this point, I would never look back at putting together computer equipment not specifically made for anything other than the Apple environment.

My Second Macintosh

In 2013, I saved enough money to get my next computer. It was most certainly going to be an Apple Mac. Since I was a truck driver, it was going to be a laptop that I can take with me. Apple had just introduced the MacBook Air line. I had two choices. The 13“ MacBook Air or the 10” MacBook Air. I had purchased a 10“ HP MiniNote and really didn’t like the size of the screen, so I decided to go with the 13” Air. It’s 2017 now and it’s still my only computer at the house.

Today

Today, I carry with me the iPad Pro 12.9″ (with Apple Pencil) and an iPad Air. My phone is the iPhone 6s Plus.

As much as I would love to upgrade to a new iPhone each time they are introduced, I just can’t afford to do that. Besides, the quality of the iPhones are such that they will last for years and you really don’t have to upgrade. THE only reason to upgrade any more is for the new improvements to the phones. The cameras seem to be the thing that gets the best upgrades each time and if you’re heavy into taking a lot of photos, that might the best reason for upgrading.

You might be wondering why I would carry two iPads with me. Well, The iPad Air is my GPS and media center for my truck. It is mounted to the window and I use a truck GPS software to get me from point to point all over the United States. I’ve used it since I got my first iPhone and it has always done a very good job for me. I also use it for my media center, in that, it is my music center, my podcast player and after I shutdown at night, I watch TV shows and movies, via the Netflix app or Hulu or any one of many other cable channel apps.

My iPad Pro is my laptop replacement. I do everything else on it. My writing, my paperwork for the company I drive for and anything else I want to do. I purchased the Logitech Create keyboard and cover for it, so it gives my the feel of a laptop most of the time.

My MacBook Air will normally stay home and with Hazel, it manages my documents. It’s really wonderful to have a system setup to do a lot of things automatically.

The Future For Me

When I can afford to, I want to start getting some light bulbs and switches for the house that will work with my Apple devices. I really think home automation with be a great thing with my Apple devices. I have a blood pressure monitor that is at home waiting on me and it is one that will work with my iPhone. I can’t wait to start using it.

Virtualization

I was a fan of TechTV, thus, I’m a fan of Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton and the rest of “the gang”. I listen to and watch a lot of podcasts and this one, starring Patrick Norton (with Tom Merritt) is not only very good, but on a subject that has become “important” to me. Being able to virtualize an operating system allows you to try and test and work with another OS without having to spend the money on a separate computer. You can download “appliances” from VMWare that will do specific things in a virtual machine. This video with Patrick and Tom will show you how to run Windows on an Apple Mac. Now my only excuse for not getting a Mac is the price. I’m working on that!

You can watch the video at http://revision3.com/systm/virtualpc.

Let me know what you think!

Apple’s New iPods

I just watched the keynote address with Steve Jobs announcing the new line of iPods.  Wow!  Steve and Apple have done it again.  It amazes me how a company can take a great product and make it better.  Apple has done that.  I thoroughly enjoy my iPod “Video”.  I won’t even think about a different media player.  Now, the new iPods are even better.  BUT —

When Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone will no longer have the 4gig and the 8gig will drop to $399.00…  I was floored!  Way to go, Steve!

Here’s the Apple web site with the new iPods:  Apple’s New iPods

Here’s the keynote address:  It’s over an hour, but if you like Apple products and some good entertainment, check this out:  New iPod – the video.

The 2007 Apple WWDC

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) another announcement by Apple has people asking questions.  Apple announced they are porting over their Safari browser to the Windows platform.  Why?  I believe it gives people on the Windows OS another reason to look at the iPhone.  Why?  Apple is all about elegance and simplicity.  Web developers are creating Web 2.0 apps for your phone, then you get to use the same Web 2.0 apps on your computer.  Which integrates your phone and your computer a little more.

Most people know that we (Windows users) don’t “need” another browser for the Windows OS, however, after downloading and trying it out, two things come to my mind about it.  It’s a lot faster than my other browsers (which is something that I like a lot), and, it has the elegance and simplicity of Apple programs (another thing that I have always liked about Apple). 

I also realize that there are some flaws with Safari for Windows.  But, just like all software, the company who wrote the software will fix the problems. 

Remember when Apple created the iPod?  It really took off when Apple created iTunes for Windows.  I believe that they are expecting the same type result for the iPhone, but are trying to create that success earlier.

Apple drops “Computer” from their name and is making and working on deals that provide content for the iTunes Store.  All transactions with individuals goes through the iTunes Store so that people can get that content on their iPod or Apple TV and soon, the iPhone via their computer (Windows or Mac).  It makes sense to have applications that work on both your phone and your computer to keep your content with you.  That’s what Safari will do.

As I see it, Apple is creating several types of razors.  Instead of having one razor though, you have a razor for home (Apple TV), a razor while you are on the go (iPod), a fancy razor that will do “everything” (iPhone), and the razor that manages all the other razors (Macintosh).  The razor blades?  Content.  Lots and lots of content that is created by others and is sold by Apple.  Why do you want to buy the razors?  So you can use the razor blades.