This month Apple will release Mountain Lion. The cost will be $19.99 and that will cover all PCs registered to the same person. Bending to competition, Microsoft is trying to get Windows 8 ready for prime time. They are also looking at a cheaper online pricing model as well, but it still will be for only one PC. If you have three, then you are going to pay three times. And Microsoft will still have different versions. From what I read the Windows system will be priced at $40 for the downloadable version.
It is rumored that in two years that Apple will have a larger market share of operating systems than Microsoft. Amazing.
I am currently waiting for Susan to get some legal work done and am writing this on my iPhone using Pages. I use Pages on all of my PCs, the iPad and the iPhone.
When I get done, the article will be uploaded to the iCloud and I will do final editing on my iMac. It was never this easy with Windows.
Later this year, Apple will put out another release of IOS. It seems with each new release that Apple connects all of its products a little bit better. It is going to be interesting to see how well Microsoft does with it new system for tablets and PCs. My hunch is that it is going to require new hardware to really make use of it and that is going to make a few more users switch to Apple.
I know I am happy I made the switch.
This iPhone has really made a bigger impact than I ever thought it could. I have several friends with Android phones and while they look similar, the experience is not the same.
For one, the quality and number of apps is not the same. I can pick up my iPhone and say, “Call Lilliam at home” and without having to unlock the screen and enter the unlock code, the call is made. I can say, “schedule lunch tomorrow at noon with Malcolm” and an entry is made on my calendar for that event. I can say, “Remind me to call Olivia tonight at 7 PM and wish her Happy Birthday”. At 7, I can expect a reminder to make that call. Siri is not only fun, but it is useful.
Ok, I have returned to the house. I picked up my iPad and opened up Pages and up pops the article that I was working on with my iPhone. I did nothing. It was almost magical (wink), just like Jobs said. I will write the rest on the iPad since it is easier to type on than the iPhone.
I know that since I have spent my entire life working with technology, that I am less afraid of new technology than some people my age. However, one thing I think Apple does better than others is to keep things simple.
Susan, Sofia and Santi have been visiting for a few days. Often Sofia has come up and with her cherub face, looked up and said, “can I use your iPad”. She is six and it is fun to watch her navigate to some games I have put on for her. A cousin of hers just left this morning. She had an Android tablet. It wasn’t turned on once. Both wanted the iPad.
It just goes to show you that you can have two brown balls. One can be made of Belgium Chocolate and the other of crap. Both are brown. Both are round. The Chocolate ball may cost $10 and the ball of crap may cost a $1. In the end the $10 will be well spent and the $1 will be flushed away.
In the case of the Android tablet, I think they really paid around $150 and my iPad was about four times that. Still $150 spent for something that will not be used is more of a waste than the $600 I spent three years ago on my iPad.
I bet that my iPad has been on for close to 10 hours every day for the last three years and it is just as good today as the day I bought it. Ask one person that any other brand tablet if they can say the same.
I guess this is enough patting myself on the back for making the move. I am going to post this and see how many Android tablet users tell me I am wrong. Omar, if you are reading this, how is the Kindle Fire experiment going?