With the recent release of Lion, it is clear that Apple is trending toward the “iOSification” of Mac OS X. And why shouldn’t they be? Sales of iPhones and iPads have made Apple a ton of money. iOS is obviously doing something right, so why shouldn’t Apple bring some iOS goodness to the Mac? Yet, after using Lion for a few weeks, I admit: I am not impressed.
At Apple’s recent special music event, Steve Jobs announced the release of another iteration of Apple’s venerable media player, media store gateway, device manager juggernaut iTunes — iTunes 10, to be exact — with yet another feature shoehorned in: Ping, Apple’s music-oriented social network. I have little interest in Ping itself — okay, no interest at all — but this gives me the opportunity to discuss something that has been on my mind for a while: why I like — nay, love — iTunes.
LinuxInsider has noted that Dell continues to play with its Ubuntu strategy in a way that confounds Linux advocates. For those closely watching the dramatic ups and downs of Dell’s relationship with Ubuntu, it can make one feel a little seasick.
Alexis Madrigal of the Atlantic can’t understand why Antennagate didn’t destroy Apple and send us all out to buy a new Droid X. Given no better explanation, Madrigal presumes that it must be due to our religious devotion to Apple. In other words, Apple sold 8.4 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2010 because we all believe Steve Jobs is Jesus and Bill Gates is Satan. I mean — hello? — it’s obvious.
The iPhone 4 has antenna problems. But you knew that, right? I think the clamorous hordes of tech bloggers have beaten that into our heads by now, like Gallagher pounding a watermelon into juicy chunks while we in the audience cower under the plastic sheet to keep from ruining our favorite ThinkGeek T-shirt. A few weeks ago, just as the iPhone 4’s antenna problem was surfacing, it wasn’t clear if this was a design flaw, a manufacturing defect, or something else altogether. It turns out that the attenuating effect is either a minor design flaw or a design tradeoff, depending upon whom you’re speaking to.
It’s amazing how intertwined AT&T and Apple have become in the past few years. When AT&T announced their tiered data plans, judging by teh innernets, you’d think that Apple had ordered the destruction of Alderaan. Many of the major tech blogs were filled with foaming rants claiming that Apple had conspired with AT&T to introduce FaceTime and then snag its helpless customers on overage fees, forgetting that FaceTime is WiFi only for now. Right, as if Apple had to steal from its customers to make shitloads of cash.
Now that the mobile titans are battling for market-share and mind-share, it seems that the golden days of the Mac switcher story are pretty much over. The future of computing lies not in the PC or the Mac, but in the more abstract mobile platforms that power the iPhone, the iPad, and their counterparts. So, before the fine art of the Mac switcher story becomes extinct, I’d like to contribute my own. But, rather than just write about how I came by a Mac, I will also write about why my story is as much about Apple itself as it is about becoming a Mac user.