I have to admit that I am slowly but steadily becoming an Apple Fanboy. The very first Apple product I ever owned is a 4th Gen iPod which I still use today. I am now an iPad user and continue to lust after the iPhone. I listened to Apple’s announcement early this week and found a few things that interested me as a traditional Windows user.
The first thing is the new iPod Touch. It is past time to upgrade my iPod. The battery only lasts 15 minutes and it has overall taken a beating in the five or so years I have owned it. I haven’t upgraded yet for a few reasons. Mostly it was because I was waiting to see if I would buy an iPhone when my current mobile contract was up. I am still not sure I will. It would require a carrier switch and the Android phones available to me are looking pretty sweet. The other reason I have not upgraded is that the price to storage space ratio hasn’t gotten to where I want it yet. My current iPod is a 30G and is almost full. $299.00 for the new 32G version seems a little steep to me considering I won’t have all that much more storage space. $199 would be a better price point as it would bring the 64G down to $299.00 I would consider the 64G at that price. I have gotten very used to the IOS interface on the iPad and would like to carry that through to my mobile device. The iPod Classic, while a great device, just seems antiquated in the face of the Touch. Even tough I am not happy with the price, I like the newly announced features and the device is very attractive to me.
The other Apple announcement was for the new Apple TV device. At first I thought it was junk but for $100.00 it makes perfect sense as a streaming device. I don’t like the Apple model of “renting” content but I guess in some way that is what I am doing with Netflix…only at pennies per single show/movie I consume. I see the Apple TV fitting into 2nd bedrooms, guest rooms and place where having a full cable/satellite connection is a little overkill. I also guess it can fit in the living room but some of its features seem a little limited compared with other devices like the Xbox 360 and most Blu-Ray players. Still, the price point and size are nice.
Apple certainly has reinvented itself over the past decade and a company I once dismissed is back on my radar. So, anyone want to give this old Windows guy one of them fancy, new iMacs?