We Have Come To The Point….

Change, change, change… that seems to be our world today. While I for the most part embrace change I don’t like change simply for changes sake. That according to the source below seems to be almost where many are as technology consumers.

iPhone loyalists will have at least a little incentive to line up outside the Apple store. Not so the millions who use Apple’s venerable line of Mac personal computers. Shop for one of these, and your choices are mostly the same as they were a year or more ago….

“Computers have become like cars. You don’t buy a new car every year or two,” Gwennap told me. Indeed, “the cars are actually getting better faster than the PCs.”

Source: Apple falls into a product rut – The Boston Globe

In 1984 when PCs were first on the scene I quickly embraced the technology.  But I also quickly discovered that there were many things I wanted to do with the technology that were just not possible in those years.  The hardware was just too limiting to accomplish my dreams. As time went by computing power seemed to double  year over year. My first computer has a whopping 16,000 bytes of memory, now many have 16 billion bytes.  In my days it took an 18 inch spool of magnetic tape to store a few hundred megabytes of software. I now carry around a thumb drive that has a hundred times that capacity.

You might remember the old story of the guy who wanted to close the U.S. patent office in the early 1900s because ” everything had been invented”.  What I am about to say maybe mimics that statement to a degree. I think that we have now reached a point where computer hardware has advanced enough to meet most of our daily needs.  The main reason for frequent computer upgrades in the past was to be able to handle the more sophisticated software.

I think we have reached stasis in that regard for the average person. If that is the case then why spend more money on something that we simply don’t need?  As long as my present Apple computer meets my needs I won’t be upgrading.  So, I really don’t care that Apple is not bringing out a new desktop/lap top on an annual basis.   Instead I kind of think they are being smart in moving on to other areas instead of chasing the upgrade theme.

About Apple’s Campus 2

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When Steve Jobs presented his proposal for a new Apple campus to the Cupertino City Council back in 2011, he had one aim: to create the best office building in the world.

via 16 facts about Apple’s Campus 2 – Tech Insider.

If you are interested in architecture or forward looking building I would highly recommend that you click on the source above to see all the info about the new Apple campus being build. It is going to be a place almost beyond imagination but being from Apple that is not too surprising.

I have included a couple of pictures here to entice you to the original URL.

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Apple Live TV ….

2015-08-15_08-09-49Apple Inc. customers waiting for the company to revolutionize live television as it did for music and phone service will have to keep waiting, at least until next year.

Source: Apple to delay live TV service to 2016 – Yahoo Finance.

It is amazing how so few companies can change our culture so dramatically.  Apple is certainly one of them.  They revolutionized the music business so quickly. Gone are the black disks of my generation and now even tapes, CDs, DVDs, and record stores.  Amazon is another who is shaking up the retail business. Where locally there are hundreds of choices, Amazon offers thousands and delivers them within two days to you doorstep.  Yes, I know that there are some who work for these companies that are overwhelmed by the intensity of effort that it takes to achieve excellence in their field. Those who give their customers top priority thrive while others with different ones fall by the wayside.

I hope Apple is able to revolutionize TV service and we are able to choose what we want to pay for instead of being forced to choose a pre-packaged list. I imagine like the video stores this will happen faster than many are ready for. Customer is king and that is the way it should be in a free market economy…

Apple Innovations…

2014-09-01_09-28-00The new iPhone will make mobile payment easier by including a near-field communication chip for the first time, the person said. That advancement along with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition reader that debuted on the most recent iPhone, will allow consumers to securely pay for items in a store with the touch of a finger…. “Love it or hate, Apple drives a lot of standards in the industry,” Bajarin said in an interview. “They are the mover in these markets. When they do something, the industry seems to follow.” SOURCE: Apple Said to Team With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet – Yahoo Finance.

Today being the day for the “big” announcements from Apple almost necessitates that it also be the subject of this post.

A couple of years ago I downsized the wallet I used to have from a one inch behemoth that bulged from my back pocket to something less than a half-inch and the size of half a dollar bill and I found out I don’t miss all that other stuff I used to needlessly haul around. I have been waiting to move to the next stage and that is to chuck the whole wallet. It looks like with the latest Apple innovation I might be able to do that sooner rather than later. Of course soon is a relative term when it comes to our electronic gadgets.

Over the years I have seen quite a bit of miniaturization in the world around me. The doctor’s office, of which I seem to spend more and more time lately, has finally  gone totally digital. The dozen or so ten foot high by twenty-foot wide racks of patient records now reside on laptops carried around by the nurses. The doctors for the most part still stubbornly resist having to use “those things” so they relegate that responsibility to them.

I used to get about ten different paper magazines a month in order to keep up on what is happening in the world and to follow the hobbies that interested me.  I am now down to one weekly magazine. Everything else is on-line. Let’s face it the digital world saves trees and since trees give us our oxygen that is a good thing.🙂

Our world is becoming smaller each year and it is about time to chuck the old wallet of the 19th and 20th century for a digital one. I am still using a three-year old iPhone but will upgrade to the iPhone 6 after the hoopla dies down. When that happens I will move as much as possible to digital transactions. Thanks Apple for giving us 21st century solutions to our daily challenges. I certainly look forward to your announcements this afternoon.