I had become aware of the Apple iMac computer from our friendship with Gordon and Juanita that began a few years ago. Gordon is a rabid Apple user, and it was plain to see that his new iMac was a very different animal and super advanced over my PC. The massive, brilliantly clear screen is a marvel, but no more so than the absence of clunky parts: The screen IS the computer, and that's all there is to it, except for the small but sleek wireless keyboard. The gorgeous graphics and the speedy processor, combined with a high-quality, modern minimalist design--the comparison with my PC was...well, there was no comparison.
The worst part, however, was my perception that Apple aficionados like Gordon secretly sneer at pathetic, unwashed PC users (like me) who they probably think really need to be euthanized after their old steam-powered computers are confiscated and smashed to bits. Mind you, Gordon, who can be impish at times, has never exhibited such a mindset for a moment, but I'll bet he can't help being a little smug from time to time. Other Appleheads I know don't even try to hide their disdain for lower life forms with PCs. They make me feel like I've pulled up to the Waldorf Astoria in a 1951 Crosley. (How many of you remember those?)
Now, back to the present: I knew I needed to replace Sandy's desktop PC and my laptop, both of which had serious issues that could only be solved by Divine intervention. However, I was very reluctant to abandon my familiar Windows PC and learn a whole new computer and operating system. (News flash for other seniors: As you get older, stepping out of your comfort zone becomes less and less appealing. At this point for me, it's about on a par with constipation.)
For me, the tipping point was my recent purchase of an iPhone, whose capabilities are so mind-boggling that I have the urge to burn incense when I hook it up to its charger. I knew the other Apple hardware had to reflect the same genius, so off I went to the Apple store.
Upon arriving, the first thing I discovered was that Apple thinks very highly of their stuff. What I paid for a new iMac and Macbook Pro would probably get a post office named for me if I donated it to a crooked politician. (Sorry; crooked and politician are redundant.)
Fortunately, the transition has been much less of a hurdle than I imagined, and Apple lets you take all the familiarization classes you want for free. So, just for you inquiring minds, here are my thoughts as a new Apple user:
Ease of use: Like falling off a log; just plug it in and turn it on. Many clunky Windows-like tasks are automated with Apple, so it seems much more intuitive. However, figuring out the file manager ("Finder," they call it) and customizing menus, toolbars and screen icons have proved to be a bit of a challenge. I'm sure it would be much less of a problem had I not grown up with the PC.
Virus protection: This doesn't seem to be an issue with Apple. It is surreal not to have to do constant battle against viruses and hackers, but I still remain vigilant.
Quality and design: These, along with superior software and uncountable applications, seem way ahead of the PC. We would certainly never go back.
Since my old AT&T wireless card wouldn't work with the new MacBook, I replaced it with a new AT&T MiFi modem. This is the coolest little device, smaller than a deck of cards, that creates a wi-fi hotspot from cell phone signals wherever you happen to be. It has a rechargeable battery, so it is completely portable. Works like a charm. What will they think of next?
|My New iPhone, MiFi and MacBook|
In closing, let me assure you that I will never be condescending toward users of those "other" computers. Perhaps you'll forgive me if don't make eye contact, though. (grin)