I just read this tonight. I’ve been hearing about it for weeks. We don’t even know what it’s going to be but it doesn’t matter. Tomorrow Apple will announce The New Apple Thing. Everyone knows how it’s going to go. They will sit in the dark and watch someone one stage – that isn’t Steve Jobs – do one of his famous Keynote addresses tomorrow. This will be the talk of the news tomorrow. People are already talking about it now. It’s funny that every knows how it’ll go down tomorrow. Steve Jobs will come up in the news, and everyone will compare Tim Cook to him. They may or may not get to touch this New Apple Thing. It is going to be the biggest tech news event for the year.
It’s interesting to me that even though we don’t know what this New Apple Thing will be – there is already anticipation of how it’s going to be a life changer.
We will compute differently because of it.
We will need to teach and students will need to learn differently because of it.
We are going to want – whatever this New Apple Thing will be.
It may not be the latest and greatest thing – but it will be an Apple Thing and we will still buy it. I am saving my money for whatever this thing is. Apple – under Steve Jobs – did a good job of telling us what we needed way before we even knew we needed this things. They have a knack for this kind of thing.
They tell good stories. They make good products. They shape culture and in turn shape our identities. We are all macs or we all want to be if we could afford it or didn’t work at a company that can only afford pc’s. The New Apple Thing will be an identity shaper for sure. Everyone knows it – we just don’t know what the New Apple Thing is yet.
…..but you don’t need it.
Seriously. I just updated iOS5 on my iPhone. It is running that weather app that is on in the notification center. Apple told me that it’s cool that it’ll tell you what the weather is like – wherever you are. It runs constantly. Uses up my battery and tells me what I can see outside of my window.
Just because there is an app for that – doesn’t mean you need it.
I am going to start using my notebook/journal more. My macbook allows me to do so much. I can take notes and tweet and update all in the same place.
I’m watching the Apple Keynote from earlier this week. They’ve added a Reader into Safari – because there’s so much distraction even on the webpage.
I’m going back to the blank page. The blank page is a spiritual discipline. It’s a literal and figurative space that is empty to create – no distractions. A few months ago, I even bought a notebook without any lines so that the lines weren’t going to be a distraction in creating.
I like the blank page. There are no distractions. You can start with anything and create anything. We could all use a little less distraction in our lives.
Do you know that feeling, or have you ever experienced that feeling? It’s the feeling of your laptop dying. It’s become so much a part of me and my writing. I’ve enjoyed this macbook. I am an Apple. It has given me identity.
The more that I think about it, the more I realize how blessed I am to have had this macbook, but alas, (who even uses that word these days – oh, it’s because I’m watching Captain Jack Sparrow) my macbook is about to die.
I want to be sad, but it’s just a laptop. Sometimes though, we can get so connected to our stuff. We tend to find identity in it – especially cool stuff.
Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you felt this before or am I alone?
Most of the things that I do on the Internet, I can do on my tablet. I’ve quite enjoyed my tablet experience. There are a few things that I need my laptop for, and I’ll get on it when I need to do those things. I am so enjoying my tablet experience though. I can get by with just using it. With the way that everything is slowly moving that way, it is becoming easier and easier to just live in it.
Now, I’ve heard people say that it is not needed or necessary, but if it replaces most of the functions that you do on your laptop – then it becomes necessary.
How about you? Do you have a tablet? Has it taken the place of your laptop?
On an endnote: I can create my blog posts on my tablet just fine, but I wrote this one on my laptop.
So it’s a random thought on my way to church today.
Fanboy definition from the Interwebs:
1. A person who is completely loyal to a game or company reguardless of if they suck or not.
2. A pathetic insult often used by fanboys themselves to try and put down people who don’t like whatever it is they like.
It’s a pretty normal thing to find – people that are just so passionate and sold out to something that it seems like that is the only thing that matters. You know what I’m talking about. You can find fanboys of most everything – Apple products come to mind first. You can find them into most everything, and the more into something that you are, the more subjective you are in your thinking.
And nothing – including this post – will change your mind because you’ve already made up your mind. The principle stands though – the more into something you are, the less objective you can be.
I saw this hashtag again this morning. I wrote about it once before here. There are people in the world without running water or flushing toilets, but we have first world problems such as:
- The barista at Starbucks is taking too long.
- I can’t find my charger for my iPad 2.
- AT&T has horrible service.
- Gas cost $4.29 a gallon. It’s almost what I pay for my latte.
- I have over 500 channels to watch and there’s nothing on tv.
I know that these might be a little similar to my last post, but it helps me to understand that I complain too much.
Did you go to the mall today and check out the lines for the iPhone 4? Insane. There were people standing in the heat – waiting for a chance to spend over 2 grand on a phone. They had umbrellas. Hotdog on a Stick took the opportunity to stand around the lines and hand out their lemonade in their trademarked outfit with the hat and the stripes. It was insane.
Why would people stand in line – some since 2am in the morning? For a phone. For a mobile phone that after you’re all said and done will put in in the hole at a minimum 2 grand. A phone.
Steve Jobs has created demand – not just by not having enough phones, but by creating stuff that we all want – a demand to be cool.
600,000. That’s the number of pre-orders according to Apple – well, according to every news site according to apple. The most pre-ordered device ever.
I wrote in one of my leadership lessons – check it here - that Steve Job’s leads well because he just knows what people wants. When you are able to create a culture and a mystique around beautifully designed products that people want – even before they can touch them or even before they know they want it – that’s a pretty incredible skill to have.
One way to lead is to lead in and be in front of where people don’t even know they want to be. The projections is 9 million phones by year’s end.
Today was #wwdc. If you don’t know what that is, just Google it or do a Twitter search for it. Or just click here to see the twitter ticker tape of #wwdc.
I’ve watched/followed a few conferences on Twitter. It is possible to attend these conferences without actually paying any of the money to go to them. Here’s a post on it.
I was talking to a friend about it today. Is it totally nerdy or is it cool? Some cool things were announced at the WWDC. Actually, the conference will be on for the next few days. But back to the main idea, was it nerdy or cool?
I guess it’s all a matter of perspective, but in this case, if you are nerdy, you would have thought it was cool.
You can google it to get the full story. Here’s the one article that I looked at. The are universities that are banning it because of some IT issues. What is it with IT departments? Of course it’s Apple’s fault – I’m sure Apple will fix that soon enough.
I’m pretty excited though to see how this will change Higher Education – and those in Higher Ed better get ready for it. Students will be using the iPad as their textbook reader. It’ll be the only “book” they bring to class. They’ll be able to take notes and check out their textbook all from one iPad. We better get ready.