For the longest time, I was almost contrarian when it came to Apple. I never had an issue with the products, but I didn’t (and still don’t) like how a number of Apple users become members a cult-like tribe. It’s a turn off. My closest like-my-brother friend, Dotch, has been using Apple computers since we were in college. His house could very well be an Apple store. (Love ya Dotch!) At the end of 2010, I put aside those concerns, vowing that I would never become a fanboy, and took the plunge with two Apple computers — a MacBook Pro and an iMac. I sold the MacBook Pro to a friend and picked up another one. A couple of months ago, I gave my son that 13″ MacBook Pro.
I have been using the time without a laptop to see how I would function. In that time, I picked up the Google Nexus 7 tablet. After a few weeks, I came to the conclusion that the Nexus 7 was just too small for me. It’s a great device, but I guess that I have grown accustomed to a larger screen. I’ve used my wife’s iPad2 from time-to-time. The screen is larger on the iPad (Interestingly, all the rumors these days point to the release of a mini iPad this fall.) I probably could get by with an iPad in lieu of a laptop, but I don’t like typing on the screen of the iPad and I have yet to come across an accessory keyboard for the iPad that I like. What became clear is that I like a laptop. However, one thing that bothered me about the 13″ MacBook Pro was it’s weight. Don’t like the sleek design fool you, MacBook Pros are hefty. So, with weight being an issue…I was really only left with one choice, in the Apple family that is.
It’s hard to believe, given my history, that I am becoming such an Apple person. So far, the I have been holding off on getting a new smartphone, because I’m interested to see what Apple does with the next iPhone. I’ve seen several “spy shots” of the new iPhone, and I must admit that I’m not overwhelmed. Maybe a ho-hum iPhone5 will keep me from becoming completely sucked into the Apple ecosystem. We’ll see. It could become a full-blown family affair. My son’s in (he has an iPhone now, too.). Carla was using the iMac quite a bit this weekend and I caught her eye-balling my new MacBook Air. I may have to drop a line on her from a classic (read: cheesy) 80s commercial.