As many of you know today (March 7th) they announced the 3rd generation iPad with a couple of hardware updates and some sleek new applications. Nothing that impressed me but I’ve not been impressed nor expected to be impressed since the original iPad. As a product the iPad is a sidekick to my iPhone and Mac. It only comes into its own when I have an 11 hour flight ahead of me.
What I noticed today whilst watching the live blogs and streams of the Apple event is that I’m definitely not an Apple fanboy like many would label me. I’ve known that for a long time since I still consider products like Apple TV and iTunes to be some of the worst in their field. Apple TV mostly due to its lack of content, especially comparing to the likes of Roku. iTunes because it’s still overpriced for non-music content and it’s possibly one of the worst pieces of software that I use regularly.
Turns out I’m a Steve Jobs fanboy. Even without watching him present live, just the pictures of him presenting on the live blogs gave me anticipation for the full video. I would without a doubt watch the event once the video went online however now I know for a fact I will just watch the ads and clips Apple release afterwards. As much as I think Tim Cook is more than capable of running Apple he’s just not Jobs. He’s not the father of Apple and never will be unfortunately.
I remember the first time I was properly into Apple products, it wasn’t that long ago. Up until the age of 17 (4 years ago) I was a Windows user. In fact I didn’t really know Macs existed and hadn’t even used one yet. To me Apple made iPods and that was their best product. Then I went to college and one of my classmates had a white 13" MacBook. I instantly fell in love with it and went out that weekend and used my savings my grandparents setup for me to buy one. It was not only my first Mac but also my first laptop to myself, I had desktops to myself before that but no laptops.
Within a few months the MacBook Air was going to be launched and I decided I’d give the event a watch. I discovered this fellow with grayish hair, John Lennon-esque glasses and a strangely captivating manner. Turns out his name was Steve Jobs and he founded Apple. That was me hooked, not to Apple but to Apple’s events to be entertained by this man. He made simple products sounds incredible and lo and behold a lot of them were due to their simplicity.
For many he was an innovator but for me he was also part entertainer. His captivating style and presence is among the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Morgan Freeman for me. He could narrate nature documentaries.