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Entries in Apple iPhone 5 (3)


Lions, iBooks and iPads, Oh my!

I procured my MacBook Pro in the spring of 2010 which makes it almost 2 years old. If it were a Dell, I would have shot it in the desert by now and bought another computer. Alas, it's not. It's an Apple and I love it!

I recently spent the extra $30 to upgrade to the Lion OS X (operating system). It is freaking sweet. The trackpad now acts like your iPhone, with two finger swipe movements, pinching to zoom, etc. My computer is now running faster, despite having more data on it. I recently added a bunch of photos, movies and apps. The newest app I downloaded was iBooks Author. It allows you to design your own e-books and customize them for the iPad.

I'm working on a version 1.1 of WestSide Culture's Unofficial Guide to Spring Training. It will be available soon in the iBooks store. The version will be for the iPad only, but the new features pack quite the punch. If you downloaded the original guide and have an iPad, I encourage you to check out version 1.1 when it's complete. You'll get a lot out of it, and can take your iPad to the games with you.

As a side note, keeping with the Apple theme (and full disclosure), I bought more Apple stock a few weeks ago. $500/share is a mighty tough bullet to bite, but sitting on the sidelines and watching it skyrocket is even worse. Trust me. 

iPad 3 comes out soon with rumors of iPhone 5 and the Mountain Lion OS to follow. Exciting time to be an Apple fan and shareholder. 


Holiday Sweets: Droid RAZR, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Android 4.0

Don't get me wrong. I love my new iPhone. I am a little upset the the iPhone 5 will come out in about 6 months, hence making my phone out of date less than a year after purchasing it. But that's ok. You expect that when buying any new tech gadget. 

What I may end up having the biggest buyer's remorse over is not waiting until the Galaxy Nexus came out. That phone looks sick. (I use the word sick here in a good way). One of the coolest features to me is the facial recognition software which can be used to actually unlock your phone. For many of us, this is the closest we may ever come to a "high-level security clearance" like NASA and other government positions. 

In Q3 52.5% of all smartphones sold was an Android device (LA Times)The Galaxy Nexus uses Android 4.0's Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which allows you to resize widgets, easily multi-task and actually eat the phone. OK, you can't eat the phone. It is pretty sweet though. (Pun intended).

The biggest loser in all of this might be the Droid RAZR as it will be released with an old mobile OS. The RAZR uses the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS featuring none of the afore mentioned 4.0 capabilities. The best part about it is it looks really, really cool. There is stainless steel and Kevlar on it. Umm, bad ass. Did I mention it's incredibly thin? Like 7.7mm thin. 

All in all, I think one would be happy getting any one of these three items (iPhone 4s, Droid RAZR, Galaxy Nexus) for their Holiday present. Personally, I just want a blue ray player. Yes, I'm sans blue ray. Sad I know.


How Apple Got it Right

As I sit here on the evening after their latest announcement, I realize how much I want to be like Apple. It's true, I sat there for 45 minutes following their announcement live via blog postings (how much of a loser am I?). Waiting, just waiting for news about the iPhone 5. But alas, ha, Apple has you fooled. It's not the iPhone 5, it's the iPhone 4S. At first I thought, lame. Why not the 5? Because you'll buy the 4S and the 5, that's why.

They have the best products. Whenever Apple comes out with a new product or product upgrade they rewrite the rules. Now their competitors will scatter like ants on a sandwich to catch up to them, and when they do, Apple will be there with something newer and cooler. Like Siri, your new personal assistant at your fingertips will bake you cookies as well.

They have (had) an iconic figure running their company for 30+ years. The same guy who started it over 30 years ago. How rare is that? Today's CEO is in their position for 3-5 years tops. Then he's either fired or moves on to a different company. Today's business starter is in it for about the same amount of time, if not less. The starter today just wants the company to become large enough that he can sell it.

They announce news correctly. Apple puts on a show. Everyone knows something big is coming, but with Apple, you never quite know what trick they have up their sleeve.

They - from what I hear - treat their employees extremely well. 

They were founded on the West Coast and they are still on the West Coast.

They started in their garage, with nothing but a dream. They are now worth $345 billion.

I could go on, but you get the point. They have become part of our culture. Can your company say that?


Full disclosure: I do own a mac. And I will be buying the iPhone 4S. And the iPhone 5. When it comes out.