A little rain could not keep me away from the inauguration of the Apple MStore in Plaza El Terronal. Lilliam and I arrived around 4:50 PM.
It wound up being a full house. Many people turned out. There was food. There was drink. There was Panama’s Cardinal to bless the business. There were beautiful women. There were plenty Apple products to see. What more could one want.
As a side note I watched the Cardinal demo his iPad for some people. That just goes to show you that Apple is truly God’s chosen technology. 😀
I took a photo of Juan Carlos Staff, who is responsible for the David store along with several of his staff. All wonderful people and everyone in the store are 100% Chiricanos!
I had a great time. Lilliam did as well. She pointed out her choice for a new iPhone. She was even more interested when she heard she could get a trade-in discount by using her old 4S.
I got to spend some time speaking with the MStore Panama City technical service manager. It is really nice to have an official Apple service department in David.
It was another successful store inauguration for me. And this is my favorite store. Too bad I don’t have more money.
One of my objectives for the opening was to get at least one photo of me with Karen Jordán who acted as the hostess for this event. Mission accomplished!
Remember if you stop into the David MStore, tell them you learned about them on Chiriquí Chatter. Not that you need it, but here is a Google Map to the new store.
“Cutting the Cord” seems to be the topic many people are thinking about these days, especially in the U.S.. It refers to reducing the dependence on cable programming and moving to getting your entertainment and information off the Internet.
A revolution is underway and this year I believe it will begin to move at an accelerated rate. Apple recently made a major price reduction in its Apple TV to $69 from $99. The current rumor going around is that a new offering will be announced during the WWDC in June. It is speculated that its processor power and memory will be increased as well as its content ordering.
This will undoubtedly result in new offerings in the U.S. by cable companies as they see the Internet entities encroaching on their turf. Even Cable Onda has started to offer apps that allow you to see some of their programming on smart phones or tablets.
What does this revolution mean to those of us living in Panama. Well, it depends on the capability of your current Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you are connecting to the Internet with a WiFi dongle on you laptop then it may not mean much. However if you have a reliable 4MB download speed then the options start opening up. Continue reading Cutting the Cord→
This week most of the Apple Rumors center around a new Apple TV to be announced in the June Apple WWDC. Speculation is that it will be accompanied with a much faster processor (A8) and more memory which will be needed with the addition of more streaming content.
No price was given in the rumors, but my bet would be $99. When it comes out, I’m gonna get me one.
Apple releases IOS 8 today. With the reviews I have read, it should not go on any iPad 2 and possibly not on the iPhone 4S, which is what I have. I may put it on one of my 4S iPhones and see how bad the performance is. If it is too bad, then I will consider trying to get an iPhone 6 when I am in the U.S.
What a shame. I really didn’t want to change iPhones till the next model.
It also means buying any of the iPad Mini’s that may still be in Panama stores is a bad idea since it uses the same cpu as the iPad 2.
The other problem I will have in not running IOS 8 is that I want to move my desktops to the Yosemite OS in October. I am afraid if I have IOS 7 on my iPhone, it will no longer sync with Yosemite.
I will be coming back from the U.S. with some new technology, the only question is what it will be. October, Apple is supposed to announce new PC hardware and possibly a new Apple TV.
The jury is out on how much Lilliam will allow me to bring back.
I should add that I am running the third beta distribution of Yosemite on my MacBook Air and it is running great. The second beta distribution removed all of the problems I saw in the first distribution and brought no new problems. By the time it releases in October, it should be rock solid.
Today Apple held it’s World Wide Developer Conference in California. I watched it live via my Apple TV. While I am no longer a developer, I do get a kick out of seeing what Apple is up to and I thought today was pretty special.
Today was all about software and specifically IOS and OSX, Apple’s mobile and desktop systems. What I saw was a continuing improvement in integration between the two platforms and applications running on them.
More than that was Apple’s emphasis on the development kits available to developers. There was a lot of information provided in the WWDC keynote and I think many would enjoy watching it.
Seeing what will be in the Fall release of OSX and IOS really wetted my desire for these releases.
No real hardware information was given other than iPhone 4 will not be supported with the next IOS. However, with the new features in the operating systems, I expect the next hardware release to be special as well. Luckily I am using iPhone 4S, so my phone will still have a little more life in it.
I sent some of my grandkids the WWDC14 video to watch. If one or more of them show any interest, I will consider getting them setup with a development kit. No matter what career they choose, being able to develop an Apple Application would be good experience, and Apple is making development easier than it was when I coded in assembly language.
Today Apple rolled out the update to their Apple TV software matching some of the new features of IOS 7. The new 6.0 firmware added support for iTunes Radio and purchases from the iTunes Music Store. In addition it added podcast syncing, viewing of shared photo streams and AirPlay from iCloud.
For me, the addition of iRadio is really nice. Now I can listen to the music I like on larger speakers. Today, I have been listing to Paul Simon, Guy Clark, Fleetwood Mac and other of my favorites.
I think the update was originally scheduled for the same day as IOS 7, but the demand caused by everyone downloading IOS 7 postponed it until today.
Now my toughest decision for the day is deciding to have some sangria or a margarita to go along with the music. I hope the neighbors can stand some non-Latino music for a while.
I may have to put on some Selena. That’s it, I will go with sangria.