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iPhone 6 Plus, perfect!!

It wasn’t until I held it in my hand that I was struck by it’s beauty.  I knew immediately that I had to have one.  I was at first skeptical while seeing it lying next to my own iPhone 4S.  I had many thoughts racing through my head, talking me out of even giving it a chance.  I was, at the time, looking for a device that would accompany me everywhere.  One that I could not only use to write with but also connect with, socially. 

The iPad was my initial thought and since I already owned the iPad 2 I gave it a try.  My normal everyday carry already included my iPhone 4S (personal), iPhone 5C (work issued), Midori Traveler’s Notebook, fountain pen, Pilot Juice .38mm in dark brown ink, Swiss Army knife & minimal wallet.  Pre-iPad carry I was able to carry everything hands free if need be.  The notebook could be tucked into the back of my jeans…made for coaching wrestling interesting to watch.  Post-iPad, i had to either carry a bag for the iPad or hand carry it everywhere and risk damage or loss if I had to use my hands for something.  Needless to say I quickly gave up the idea of carrying around the iPad 2. 

I then got the idea of using the iPad mini.  I don’t own an iPad mini but, this was a great excuse to purchase one (my opinion, not my wife’s).  I own notebooks of very similar size and tested out carrying one around for a week or so to “test drive” before purchasing a $400 piece of equipment.  I was too afraid to stuff it along with my notebook in the back of my jeans but, did discover that if I could start wearing the cargo pants collecting dust in my closet, the iPad would easily fit into a side pocket. 

Researching and analyzing the best iPad mini became a priority and I had finally determined that the 64GB iPad mini in Space Gray was perfect.  Preferring a trip to the Apple Store over online purchasing I scheduled it on my calendar.  The closest store is nearly 50 miles away so there is some planning involved.  As the date neared my anticipation grew and my wife continued to just shake her head at what she believes to be silly.

Then Apple had to interfere.  The new iPhone was announced and with it new opportunities.  Initially I remained steadfast but, before heading out to the Apple store I had a fateful encounter with the iPhone 6 Plus that would change the future for me.

A colleague was in line day one and was one of the first to walk out the door with the new device.  I was on his bucket list to show the new phone off to knowing my Apple affection.  At first I was aghast at the sheer size of it when compared to my now tiny iPhone 4S.  Though I was captivated by the sheer artistic beauty of the phone’s design I was not sold on changing my mind on the iPad mini.  Then, I held it in my hand and was done.

Like Neo being plugged in to learn how to fight, as soon as I had the iPhone 6 Plus in hand I knew this was my future.  I could see myself writing on it, reading from iBooks and Kindle apps, streaming Netflix and taking brilliant photos.  I saw myself videoing the boys wrestling matches, editing them in iMovie and then uploading them to YouTube before I even left the wrestling tournament.  I was captivated by the endless possibilities. 

For the past couple of months I have focused my efforts on using my iPhone 5C more than usual and in place of the iPad.  There are a few things that the screen is just a pain with but, if I bend my experience the right way I do believe that the iPhone 6 Plus is the perfect mobile device I’m looking for.  Writing, reading, communicating, streaming and sharing all in my pocket on one gorgeously designed device.  I’m in.  Soon it will be by my side.  I can’t wait!!

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I Choose You, MacBook Pro

I’m not sure when I truly fell in love with Apple and all their fabulously designed products but, I know I never want the relationship to end. Currently I use a 2013 – 14 MacBook Pro and relish the thought of using it daily. I’ve even gone to the point of attempting to use it for my day job just to use it more. Unfortunately like many corporations today Microsoft has their claws sunk deep and I use too many applications that can not be transferred. Oh well, it’s a small price to pay…I suppose.

My passion for tech and more so Apple began in high school where I was introduced to the Apple Macintosh Plus. I created my first video game on that computer. But, my history with the PC began years earlier when I was around 11 and my parents came home with a Tandy 1000 from Radio Shack. A very low-end computer compared to its competition but, to my 11-year-old eyes it was the best thing ever.

I learned DOS quickly and picked up BASIC afterwards and was learning to write actual code, though I had no idea what that meant. I was only a few years I to my PC love affair when, on a whim, I picked a computer programming class in the 9th grade. I remember it fondly…I sat next to a senior, Desiree… It was my introduction to a love I would never leave…Apple. The room was set up with tables along the walls and an island in the center of the room with Macintosh Plus computers atop them. I had entered Eden.

We started with learning the computer peripherals and then got inside and learned how it was able to “compute”. Finally after son time we were taught how to program. We were given an open-ended final project which accounted for half our grade. I chose to build a Star Wars game I. Which you flew the Millennium Falcon through asteroids and defended against on coming Tie Fighters. Using the ‘g’, ‘h’, and ‘space bar’ to control the Falcon and shoot Tie Fighters.

Needless to say, I received an “A” in the class. I was just unhappy I had no ability to take my game home to play. Wish I still had that game… Nonetheless I continued using Mac’s when I got to college and got into a graphics design course but, had Microsoft and the Windows PC brought into my life the same year when I began taking business classes.

Sad to say the first PC I bought was not an Apple, they were at the time outside my price range and I was forced to buy a windows based laptop from The local office supply store. The only upside was being able to play games on the PC. I was a huge fan of the Age if Empires series.

I spent nearly 2 decades away from Apple. Reading about their latest creations and celebrating the return of Steve Jobs. The domination of the music industry with the iPod was when Apple and I reunited.

I was one of the first in my circle of friends to purchase the iPod. I loved the wheel design and still have it today. The hard drive died some years ago and prompted an excuse to replace it with the new iPod Touch. Gone was the wheel and tactile experience I had become so familiar with and the dawn of a new age began, touch.

I still have and use my original 1st generation iPod Touch. Works just as good today as when i bought it in 2007. Since then I’ve had numerous iPhones, ending in my current 5c (I really am considering the 6 Plus). It wasn’t until late 2013 or early 2014 that I drove an hour and a half to the Apple Store (was the closest to me) and played with all the goodies within and ended up walking out with a 15″ MacBook Pro. I don’t see myself replacing it for at least another year or two. Next to my family, it is my most coveted item.

First and foremost it is a solid computer that handles anything I’ve ever thrown at it. Second, it is the sweetest looking, most well designed piece of art I own. I equate this to art, yes. Jonny Ives designs have actually inspired me to study design and architecture. I look at everything differently now because of the Apple design teams ‘ creations.

My dream set-up would be a 27″ iMac with Retina 5K display on my desk for home and an 11″ MacBook Air for work. I have at least 2 more years before my laptop is upgrade at work so I am stuck with my bloated and ridiculously unimpressive Windows laptop. I still have my MacBook Pro that I use everyday it will suffice. My relationship to Apple, like I’m sure many other feel is one that will not end…possibly ever. I’m a Mac guy. The quality and design of their products is currently unrivaled. Personally I don’t think anyone will come close anytime soon. They are just that good!

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