Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So I go my local Apple store in the mall on Saturday, my one day off at the end of the week, to pick up a few accessories for My Guy, who just converted to the iPhone with Verizon. The mall was tempered with moderate traffic, not bad for a Saturday, but not crazy. As I walked through the entrance of the Apple Store, my first destination, I was amazed at the scene before me. It was peppered with tons of people of all shapes and sizes. If I were to guess, I would say that more than half of the population of the entire mall, minus the people who work there, were jammed into the walls that house the Apple store.
To my left, there was a class taking place for new users of the iPad. At least twenty people sitting around a table, with rapt attention focused on the instructors and their devices. To my right, a queue, as they call it at the Apple store, with about 10 or more people waiting to speak to an Apple specialist about their Apple devices. All around me were kids, parents, people alike tapping, rapping and fiddling around with the latest that Apple has to offer. But I was on a mission and I knew exactly what I wanted and needed no assistance from a specialist. I would be quick.
As I approached the wall that holds the accessories for the various Apple devices, I quickly realized that this was going to take a while. It was quite possibly the busiest part of the store. I stood behind the wall of people browsing the hanging accessories and waited a good 10-15 minutes till I was able to get to the front of the wall and make my selections.
Then it hit me. This company, Apple Inc. is not just an average company that produces technology for our consumption, it is a movement. A way of life.
My family alone will soon have 4 iPhone devices, 2 iPads and 3 Mac books. That constitutes a monopoly in my book. What is it about the Apple devices that has captured the attention of our technological psyche? Now, with the dawn of Verizon users being able to convert to the iPhone, Apple has positioned itself as the "techno chic" giant in the industry. They make it easy to convert all of your media and sharing into one tiny, hand held device.
There are those who shun Apple, for reasons only known to them, but if they think about it, wouldn't they say they are curious? Apple has even taken over the televisions in my household. Using my iPhone or iPad as a remote, the media, music and movies in my household are never more that a single touch screen away.
Having said all of this, I must admit to needing my lone PC for other important things. I will contine on with that probably until Apple figures out how to enable users to utilize the Adobe Flash Player.
Mr. PC? It's a good bet your days are numbered.