The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone.And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … are you getting it?
With those words Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in 2007. Interestingly in 2007 I was only just buying my first device from Apple and it was not the iPhone.
I had been a Windows/PC guy, to be truthful at the start it was PC not windows. We got our first computer at home in the mid ‘80s, with its monochrome monitor, beige box and 5¼ floppy drive. No hard drive, everything was DOS based. Over the years I upgraded to ever better PC’s and into the Windows environment. I was firmly in the Microsoft fan club, I had a windows compatible machine at home, at work, my favourite operating system was Windows XP and I used the latest and greatest Microsoft Office avaialable at any given time.
When I was at University I had access to a Macintosh computer and besides being an okay machine for word processing I didn’t think much of it. To be truthful I was in the camp which was dismissive of mac users, real people only used PC’s. I can remember thinking when the iPod come out, why would you want an overpriced music player from a company which makes overpriced computers.
During the 2000’s I bought a successive string of music players, besides one from Dick Smiths, I can’t even remember the name of them, let alone who made them. The Dick Smiths music play I remember because it was so frustrating to use that to this day I still regret buying it. Why I put up with it for almost 2 years, I don’t know, if I had to guess I would say stubborn and not willing to admit I had paid good money for a piece of crap.
It was in 2007, around the time that the first iPhones were making their way into the hands those first users that I finally bit the bullet, put aside my silly dislike of apple and their overpriced products and bought my first iPod. It was an 80gb classic, I ripped all my CD’s and filled it up. I still have it, when I charged it up last (probably 6 months ago) it was still working. It was such a joy to use. Unfortunately it was the start of the descent into alternative universe which is apple.
Before I new it I had bought an iPod nano, because I wanted something a little smaller for when I was out walking. Then I bought an iPod touch, because I wanted the internet communications device, but I was under the mistaken belief that I would never need or want a smart phone.
Then I saw the launch of the iPad, it is the first time I can remember seeing a product launch for anything and thinking I want one. In June of 2010 I bought my first iPad and it lived up to all the hype. It changed the way I looked at computers and what I expected out of a computer. The features just blew me away, 10 hour battery life, near instanteous shut down and start up, the mobility, being able to access the internet just about anywhere, I know the way I interact with my gadgets changed that day.
The following year, I started having issues with my computer. I did not even think about buying another PC, based on my experience with the iPad in particular, but all of the apple devices I bought over the previous couple of years, meant I bought my first mac without a second thought. I got a 27” iMac, I ordered it online from Apple and it arrived a week later. 4 years later it still going without an issue. As much as I would love to buy the new 5K iMac, my current machine is still running all of the programs I use without an issue and I can’t justify replacing it.
By this stage Apple had won me over. When the iPhone 4s came out later that year, it was added to my growing collection of apple products. Admittedly it has been replaced by the iPhone 5, 5s and now my current dialy driver the iPhone 6. It is the one device that I have with me at all times. Whether it is at the gym or out walking listening to music, a podcast or an audiobook, having a camera at hand for just that moment, being able to communicate with my friends and family whenever or wherever I am, be it phone, messages, email or social media. The iPhone has become such an integral part of my daily life and more importantly how I want to live my life.
Now our addiction to apple products hasn’t stopped there, there is another two later generation iPads, an iPad mini, a couple of apple TV’s, a macbook air and lastely a macbook pro. While there is other gadgets, even stuff not made by apple, without a doubt for both myself and my wife the iPhone is our favourite gadget. How long will that last, who knows what the next exciting gadget will be, who knows what will be developed next year or in ten years. For now the iPhone is it, but there is always the apple watch……