Why Apple vs. PC
In the words of the late Steve Jobs, "It just works". While I have been what I would consider a moderate computer user for nearly 20 years now, I've never really become a fluent computer user. That's until now. I've been using an iPad for nearly a year now and am in the process of transitioning to a MacBook. In this short 1-year time frame, my ability to use technology has grown exponentially. I have determined that the reason for this is that the apple products I own reflect a mature, finished product that always seem to simply do what I hope to do. Compared with the unfinished feel,of my PC and more specifically the Windows operating system I have spent so much of my time using.
Let's go back to the picture example. I can take a picture with my iPhone or my iPad and it automatically gets saved within the photo app. I know exactly where it is and how to find it when I need it. No worries at all on my part. In fact, it's so seamless, it doesn't even matter which device I took the picture with. iCloud is so fabulous, the picture is easy to find from either device. If I want it on my MacBook it's just as simple. Stick it in iPhoto and the rest is automatic. I've found that all tasks are that simple on my Apple devices and the best part about it is that they all work the same way. If I know how to do something on my iPad I can pick up my iPhone and do it the same way.
iCloud assists me greatly with productivity. If I create a document on my iPad, I can easily view it on my iPhone or MacBook. If I make changes to the document on my iPhone, those changes are automatically sent to my iPad or MacBook via iCloud. It all works seamlessly with no effort on my part. I love this feature because I often get my best ideas for revisions when I'm away from my desk. My wife may not like this feature as much as I do, as I have been known to pull out my phone while enjoying an afternoon on the boat with the family. However, the fact that I can make that revision while the thought is in my head and the freedom of knowing that the revision will happen automatically on all of my devices is priceless to me. I've read recently that Apple has changes in store through iOS 6 and the soon to be released Mountain Lion that will provide even greater functionality to iCloud. I'm excited to see how they will improve an already great product. However, as I've quickly learned, Apple is very good at making great things even better.
Bottom line is that I love my Apple devices because they make me a better tech user. I now understand how technology can be used to manage my life and make it better. My PC use was a necessary evil that I needed in order to do my job. My Apple use is a leisure activity that I do for both work and fun. It’s so much better when you can find enjoyment in your work.
Fred Z. Sitkins
Elementary School Principal
Boyne City, MI