Friday, October 07, 2011

my iLife

I have owned and loved a lot of Apple products, many of them introduced by Steve Jobs.

Performa (mid-1990s) My first computer and it will always hold a place in my heart. I learned Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, and basically everything on this computer. I was introduced to video games (beyond Solitaire) like MYST and the Sims and Caesar 3. I lived in Brooklyn and went to New York City's first Apple Store in midtown and put in my order to have it delivered. It came in the hugest box I ever saw and I spent a very happy day unpacking it and setting it up.

Powerbook G3 (in 1998, the bronze "Lombard" edition) I was sick of desktop life and wanted to go portable - I have never gone back (at home — a desktop was unfortunately unavoidable at the office.) I bought this one way downtown at J&R Music World and carried it home on the subway, clutched tightly to my body.

Powerbook G4 titanium 17" (2004) I got this at an Apple store in Virginia (D.C. still doesn't have one) when my G3 powerbook was slowing down and my daughter arrived — perfect excuse to get a new computer and load it up with tons of new baby photos. I still think this design is one of Apple's most beautiful.

iPhone 3G (2008) I retired an MP3 player and my digital camera and just used the iPhone for everything. It's still an indispensable part of my daily life.
MacBook Pro 13" (2009) My lifeline, and faster and even more portable than the 17". I justified this new computer when I wanted to still be able to work on the computer during the evening, while my daughter was playing, but wanted to be able to sit on the couch, be in the same room with her, wherever she was at the moment.

iPad (2010) My daughter has ended up using this more than I do, but I do read books on it, check the internet, play games, etc.

iPhone 4s (In another week or so) I've been wanting to update my iPhone for quite a while — I cracked the glass a month or so ago when I dropped it in the garage. I want the better camera, iCloud, etc.

Honorable mention - how fabulous is iTunes? — I haven't bought a CD in years.

Thanks, Steve. For everything.
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