Month: May 2015
It’s time for a change alright.
Reading on the web I found on Cnet an article that claims Apple or analyst are claiming that the iWatch will have sold 30 million or more watches by years end. That is an amazing task and shows that Apple has an amazing staying power with their products world-wide. The watches look beautiful and very cool to use. The watches all range from $349-$17,000. I myself would try the first choice. As you can see from the above picture the watch comes in a variety of setups. All which will influence the price on your watch. As beautiful and as new as it is, why am i not excited for it as everyone else is. Let’s get into that.
Before we get started. Let me assure you i am not a hater of Apple. I am for innovation and best bang for your buck. I traded my loving and caring best friend for years my Gaming Rig for a Macbook Air because i feel there are things that Apple does right. iMac, Macbook Pros, Tablets and Phones and the good old iPod/iTouch. Each i felt provided a new experience and made things less complicated for people. iMac was an all in one experience. The Macbook pro became that all in one experience on the go. The iPad was the bridge between the at home all in one or compact Macbook pro on the go or an alternative. The iPod at the time provided us for a way to have our music without burning cd’s and carrying a Walkman etc. The iPhone revolutionized the game. The first iPhone came out just as the Motorola Razor was hitting the 50 million units sold wold wide. Then the iPhone came out and you never saw another Motorola Razor again. As a matter of fact it changed the game so much that it brought trouble to then a lot of up and coming phone ideas. The blackberry who was a giant was never able to catch up. The t mobile sidekick line etc but it was ATT and the iPhone that reigned supreme and till this day are running strong and very debatable against Samsung.
iWatch as i see it.
Now I am not saying it’s not good. I just do not think its worth it. They are providing you with another gadget to look at, that is not your phone. Which you still need to have for it to work. I’ll tell you some of the things I do like about the watch. I love the style. They offer you different colors and looks. You can change the face of the watch to match whatever you may be wearing that day. Knowing Apple there will be more 3rd party faces to be used on it. The low-end starting price. For a 1st generation I think its fair. The 10K plus line … No. If you are rich and want to blow money on something go for it. You are not getting anything different but the gold its made of as far as technology goes, you will still have our 1st generation issues and experience. I like the medical stuff. Keeping healthy as you get older is always a good thing. I like the GPS on it. Most importantly I like the notifications of what texts and emails and calls you have gotten. You can also make calls and have Apple pay. AWESOME.
What I do not like. It is not a standalone device. Picture this scenario. You run into an Apple store excited for the next best thing. Go and purchase it. Run home to set it up to show off next day at school or work but…you do not have a iPhone to sync all your texts and calls and other stuff that would make this device amazing. No it does not have built-in GPS or Wi-fi. So what I am telling you is that…you bought another bluetooth device that will not work unless you are a iPhone user. There is no global connectivity and I doubt there will be, ever. No camera, you can show off photos synced on your phone and Macbook or iCloud service I believe but with no wi fi how are you going to show anything off on the street or somewhere with no internet. You can not take any pictures on it though. It kind of feels like an iPad stuck on wi-fi only with fewer features and more dependability on another device for it to be good. So this isn’t a device that’s changing the game. To me its a product line showing it can stay connected with each other through different connected devices. I mean Apple could make a toaster and it would probably have iCloud on it where you can do the same thing on the side. So what is the big deal?
I feel techies and society are craving the next best thing. There has been nothing that really came out and said “This will change the world forever” in a long time….well in technology that is since maybe the iPhone(As far as computing goes. TV’s are on another planet right now)which made a communication device into a small personal computer in your pocket. I do believe it is a cool idea to see it all work on your wrist. This kind of reminds me of Halo with Cortona or any future game that shows all our protagonist with a trusty futuristic partner of sorts. Which was our iPad. Maybe I am seeing it wrong and Apple wanted to give us the James Bond feel? I think it works..but is it worth it yet? I do not know for everyone else. For me though, I am happy with my assortment of apple products before hand but this one I will skip till it becomes something very needing and independent from everything else.
As far as it effects on us goes. I believe you have your buyers who buy because it’s THAT new thing. You have others that buy things to fill in a gap where they need something. Example, Most people buy laptops because they 1. Do not want to be stuck on a big pc forever. 2. Need to have a laptop to notate or do things on the go. Then you have those who buy a laptop to experience it and say they had it. Ask yourself if you bought the next big phone that came out. If it’s an iPhone 6 plus or a Galaxy note 4. You just came over from a flip phone after 20 years of using it. You are not an everyday internet or email kind of person. Maybe read the occasional CNN article etc. Yes you can do that on the new phones but does it warrant the need to purchase? I feel sometimes people buy something way beyond their means just in the sake of wanting it. I am guilty of that myself. My previous paragraph stated I gave up my super gaming rig pc for a Macbook air. So this comes into play again for the iWatch. What purpose does it provide for you? What will it change in your everyday life. Will it have you look at your wrist during dinner instead of your phone? Will you seem cooler talking into your hand than pressing your ear to your shoulder and holding your device with every strength in your cheek. If you just signed up for 2 years to own the iPhone 6 plus will just keep it in your pocket now that you own the watch? Will you want to? These are just things to ponder while you decide if you want or need it. Only if we can mash the iWatch design/eco system with the Samsung gear S standalone ability. 😉
Not to long ago the new Macbook made its return after disappearing for a little time. Remember when it was 2 choices. Macbook and Macbook Pro. Then somewhere in the ocean of Apple technology it was lost at sea. Like that movie Life of Pi. Just there with no purpose. So i can understand why it disappeared for a bit. Apple releases the Macbook Air. Has a mini iPad and Ipad Air and Normal Ipad. Mini mac and iMac and who could forget the iPhones. So you can understand why someone would buy a Macbook when you could just get something else for the price they are asking and all provided something extra. The Macbook air has ultra mobility. The Macbook pro is your laptop/workstation on the go. The ipads are something you want if you want something in between the laptop options or the iMac desktop. So lets see what the new Macbook has for us this time around and is it worth the price.
Macbook Gold 2015
There it is in all its glory from the outside. As you can see it looks amazing. Apple has never failed at giving you awesome looking devices. The gold one i am pretty sure will be the one that sells the most if people decide to purchase this version of the Macbook. Now lets see what the screen and keyboard look like… Gold Macbook 2015
As we can see the gold Macbook looks amazing. Personally i still prefer the good ol fashion aluminum color. What i do like is the screen. It seems like the bezel is thinner so we get more real estate to work with. I believe the screen is a 12″ retina display and a full-sized keyboard. The screen resolution will give you a 2300x1440p display. They made the touchpad bigger this time around. It has force feedback to make you feel like your clicking a mouse. It is touch sensitive all around so the pressure you put on the track pad can a different result depending on the program you are running. The new Macbook comes in 3 colors. Gold, Silver and Space Gray.
The Macbook ports or should i say port. That port being your USB-C port. Which plays a 3 in 1 role. You can charge your device, use it for data transfer or as your new display port. The only other port is your headphone jack on the other side.
The hardware inside the Macbook is as follows:
Intel core M cpu
8 gigs of 1600hz ddr onboard memory
256g to 512g pcIe onboard storage
intel graphics 5300
480p facetime camera
Yosemite OS X
weight : 2 pounds
Price: $1249 and up, depending on the upgrades you want.
Now if you head over to the Apple website and do a comparison with the Macbook air 13″ you will notice you actually get more than the new Macbook. THe Macbook pro is still the best of the 3 choices. So why would Apple make a 12″ sub par hardware machine that cost more than the Macbook air 13″ and more than 2 or 3 choices of the Macbook pro? Is it their way to ease their way into introducing the all wi-fi, cloud system approach everyone is leaning towards these days?
My opinions buy an older Macbook pro and get much more. A used good Macbook pro can be found for 800 or just buy the entry-level none retina display version for 1k and do more. More space , more ports etc. Does the gold warrant 1600? I don’t think so. I am currently working on a Macbook air 11″ with less memory by far at only 64g SSD but with ports i have 2 externals connected and everything is fine. Not to mention being connected to my external monitor when at home. I would honestly give a pass to this new Macbook, it looks amazing but you have better options. Just remember everything that shines isn’t gold.