I’ve been using computers for a long time, since the early 80’s and I was an early adopter of the cell phone, when both phones and computers were in their own separate realms. When I made the move to smartphones, I always had a keyboard handy, and I never got the hang on texting using only the number pad – actually I loathed the idea. When the iPhones made their appearance I was skeptical of the on-screen keyboard, having experienced the horrible excuses for on-screen keyboards of the Palm Pilots and Windows CE devices. Apples’s execution was far better, but typing on a virtual keyboard was a tough transition for me. These days, I’ve gained a level of proficiency in tap typing, but if it wasn’t for the autocorrect I’d sound like an absolute imbecile. Sometimes though, I long for a nice physical keyboard to use on my iPhone4, and something that wasn’t a separate accessory that I had to pack and unpack. Lucky for me, I discovered Boxwave’s Keyboard Buddy Case.
The past week has been rather rough for me. I managed to really hurt my right wrist due to a repetitive motion injury, induced by overzealous fence painting. This of course was quite a problem, since I am right handed, and my profession involves heavy computer usage. In addition to the pain, I’ve had to try and make due with single left hand typing and mouse usage. I’ve also lost the ability to play a majority of IOS games. But luckily, MonTowers – Legend of Summoners came out this week. A game that I was able to enjoy while being single handed!
It all comes down to this! Today is the big day, when all the Apple fan folk line up like cows for the slaughter at their favorite retailer to attempt a walk-in purchase of an iPhone 4S. Now, the likelihood of snapping up an iPhone like this, from my experience, has been slim to none, unless you were some of the folks with abundant disposable time to sit outside an Apple store for 10 days. Over at Macrumor’s is a blog post showing some of the lines that are forming from various places around the globe. From a business standpoint, it’s unreal how much insanity comes from an Apple product release, I don’t think any other company in the world can do this but Apple! Most companies get some mild traction, if it’s something interesting, but nothing on this level… But I digress…
Now, I bet all you readers out there are wondering – What about me? I’m a Apple-Fan-Boy-Wanna-Be. Will I go and stand outside with the rest of these good fan folk? Heck No! This old man did the smart thing, I pre-ordered it from AT&T! It’s coming in the mail tomorrow – Sucka’s! I walked right into my local, standalone store (not the mall one), and spoke to a lovely woman names Shana, and said, “I’d like to pre-order an iPhone 4S”. that’s it, no lines, no camping and no asking people to hold my place while I rummage for a lavatory. So, when it arrives tomorrow, I’ll be sure to have some pretty photos and videos about it, so stay tuned.
Before I go, I wanted to share this little link, which I think is pretty funny. It’s from PC Magazine’s web site. Samsung, which is currently embroiled in a pissing contest with Apple, can’t be outdone by all this attention, so they’ve decided to try and convert some folks to Android in Sydney. Samsung has setup some temporary Galaxy S stores by the lines outside the Apple store. It’s brilliant, and sad at the same time!
Lastly, CNN’s got an article showing Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, in line for an iPhone 4S! Steve’s been one of my childhood nerd hero’s and I think it’s pretty cool that he’s there!
Tomorrow’s news should be filled with more goodies like this, so stay tuned and I’ll report any interesting shenanigans I find here.
Feel free to share any interesting tidbits with me.
Today was the big day, Tim Cook made his debut appearance without the esteemed Mr. Jobs, to announce all the new things that Apple has had up it sleeve. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the new iPhone has been a long overdue addition to Apple’s technology lineup. Unfortunately, this event wasn’t televised or streamed, so I had to rely on liveblogs from the Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) and Engadget to keep me informed this afternoon. The event was held at 10am PST, and the liveblogs began rolling around 1pm EST. I won’t go into gross detail about what happened at the presentation, if you want, Engadget had some great coverage with photos, so you should head over there if you want all the nitty gritty. But the big things were the announcements of the new iPod Nano, iPod Touch, IOS 5 features, and lastly, the new iPhone. The iPhone 4S is the new model for this year, and the only new model, no iPhone 5, as the internet rumor mill surmised.