Posts Tagged apple
There are fewer things in this world that get my heart racing as much as my children and a special announcement from Steve Jobs. Like an excited Ralphie Parker waiting at the store window for a glimpse of the Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 shot Range Model Air Rifle, I had been watching the interwebz like a hawk and listening to my sources long before the announcement on March 2nd. And because I listened, I wasn’t glued to the live updates of such iconic tech weblogs as Engadget or Gizmodo.
No, I had decided long before the Cupertino clock struck 10 that I would be sitting pretty with my 1st gen iPad just fine until such time that my desires were fulfilled. “What more could you want out of a tablet” you ask? Funny you should ask that.
Not that I need to review the list, but I’m going to anyways:
- Faster processor: dual core A5 chip – I’m sure it’s gonna be fast as hell and I’ll love it
- Dual Cameras: 1 on the front (VGA) and 1 on the back (5MP and 720p) – Yeah so, this was definitely on my bucket list
- Faster Graphics: I don’t have much to say on this one
- HDMI Output: This wasn’t a deal breaker
- New Design: 33% thinner, new audio grille, new colors and new cover – While these are all cool little things we look for, the new cover is what really grabbed my eye.
- iOS 4.3
Again, all of these updates and enhancements are good for the bottom line and will keep Apple in the tablet warfare (altho Android fans will disagree that these improvements hold a candle to devices like the Xoom), but at the end of the day…I just wanted more.
Things like the HDMI output and newer design, I could have been fine without, but dual cameras, faster processor and iOS 4.3 need to be on the list. Problem is, that list had a few more items. Some lists can be compromised on: “Yeah, I’ll take 2, 3, 5 and 6, but I don’t really need 1 and 4″…well, it doesn’t work that way in this case. Especially when I hear from reliable sources that the…wait for it….iPad3 (insert shock music)…is coming out in the fall. What?? 6 months later we’re getting a new iPad? Believe it folks. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of economic and business justifications, but the number 1 reason…they gotta contend. Apple rode on the top of that tablet wave for a solid 6 months with no competition. Now, they’ve not only got competition, they’ve got devices that could kick the ever-lovin’ snot out of the iPad1.
What do I want? It’s easy…everything up top, plus the below:
- Retina display: this will no doubt bring a completely new design as well, again
- Thunderbolt AND card reader: seriously Apple, please don’t expect me to transfer data with that dongle
- 4G: this is more or less a desire but not a requirement
- Flash: I realize you have security issues with Adobe’s popular web content platform, but you need to round up all your geniuses and figure this one out. Just because you want to lock stuff down and force people to use the App store doesn’t mean you can’t open the door just a little bit…it’s a give and take relationship.
So there you go. You most likely think I’m crazy, but like I’ve thought with everyone else whoever told me that…I don’t care.
I can’t think of a better place for Rhyen to record her first vlog than in an Apple store. FTW.
Aside from @MilliGFunk being a little chilly in the restaurant, I don’t think we could have asked for a better day for the first ever St. Louis Apple Picking Tweetup. The sun was shining, the temperature was cool, and the air was crisp.
The afternoon started off with a little bit of excitement though as we stood in front of the Country Store. There was a 2 car accident out in the street. No one was seriously injured that I could tell, but it was remarkable how fast the paramedics made it on the scene. There was an off-duty Search and Rescue worker who showed up on the scene within literally 2 minutes…I’d say about 5 minutes for the actual ambulance.
After that bit of drama, we continued on to the line for getting on the tractor trailers. It was busy…but we waited in line patiently and ensued in some conversation. I’m not sure of the exact time, but I’d say it was about 30-40 minutes of being in line before we hitched our ride. We had alot of kids come with their Twittering parents, which made this a really fun family event. We definitely need to plan more family friendly events in the future…I think that could increase our attendance for sure.
Once we boarded the Twitter Train (yes, we had one all to ourselves) the real fun began. Since there were about 20-25 of us, we just kind of wandered off in our own little groups. The bulk of the group was able to stay together and rode back to the main farm. We made a quick pit stop through the pumpkin patch first though so we could make our evaluation on coming back for another trip in a few weeks. There were plenty of apples eaten out in the fields but a bunch of us were still hungry. We made our way to the Country Store for dinner. I had heard good things about their food here and felt it was worth a trip. Boy oh boy was it worth it. Some had the bottomless fried chicken, while the kids stuck to more mainstream classics like Macaroni & Cheese and hot dogs. FYI, the fried biscuits were certainly a treat.
By 7:00, it was time to head on out of the corral and get back to the city. I for one had an excellent time as did my kids. It would be advantageous for the social media community to certainly mindful that some of us have kids, and family friendly events would allow a much larger attendance at events planned.
In our lifetime we will have severe, life altering changes and events that will resinate forever in our minds. For example, I know exactly where I was sitting when the spaceship Challenger blew up on January 28th, 1986. I also remember what I had for breakfast the morning I watched the Twin Towers come to it’s demise at the hands of terrorists.
Today…January 14th, 2009…the announcement was made that Steve Jobs will be taking a medical leave of absence from his day-to-day duties as acting CEO of Apple. This day will not be erased from my memory.