The Super-Thin iMacs

When Apple introduced the new Super-Thin iMacs at the October 2012 Event, I couldn't believe my eyes. Apple, with their flagship desktop computers have officially put design before function. I just read an article that describes in detail how far Apple has put design before function. The company iFixit took apart the 21.5-inch iMac. It's gotten to a point where the new iMacs are serviceable only by Apple now. The 21.5-inch iMac has no User-Serviceable Parts. Apple claims that in the 27-inch iMac that the user can replace the RAM.
This new line of iMacs is the first to not have a built-in DVD Superdrive. If you're into video editing and want to put your project on a DVD, (which was one of the big features Apple use to tout about for the iMac) you will need to buy the external Apple Superdrive. When you need to connect external drives to your computer because of how the computer's design changed, it makes that computer that much less elegant and a lot less as easy to use.

If you are thrilled with the new design of the iMac and are dead-set on purchasing one, I strongly recommend purchasing the AppleCare extended coverage which will extend the standard one year warranty to three years total. I personally can't recommend these iMacs because of how far over-the-line Apple has taken the Design over Function philosophy.


Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Back in the early 80s I started using PCs and learned how to program them using DOS (Disk Operating System). I had to type everything, line by line. I typed thousands of lines of code. There was nothing onscreen to point and click on. There was no Mouse or TrackPad. I remember one day in 1984, I was in downtown Santa Rosa California. I walked in Santa Rosa Computer Center to look around to see if they had anything new. I walked up to this small beige box. It had a 9-inch black and white screen with a graphic drawing of a Japanese girl. It had a small keyboard and this other little box with one button and a cable attached to it, I had no idea what it was. The graphic was amazing looking, the detail that it had, I've never seen anything like it on a computer screen before. In those days computers could only display text and the displays came in two colors; Green and Amber. Even though the graphic drawing was in Black and White, I was impressed with how detailed it was. After seeing that first Macintosh computer, I tried to learn everything about it and the company who made it, Apple Computer Inc. I read the history of how the Macintosh became to be. Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple, wanted to create a computer that was as easy to use as a kitchen appliance. He wanted to take the computer code off the screen and have everything in plain english. He wanted to take it a step further and have a pointing device and graphic objects called Icons that you could click on in order to reduce the need for typing. The graphics on the screen were laid out to represent the top of a desk with Icons that looked like sheets of paper and folders. In the bottom right-hand corner of the screen was an Icon of a Trash can. With the mouse, for example, you could click on these Icons and drag them around the screen. You could drag the sheet of paper icon and put it into the folder icon or the Trash icon. I couldn't believe how simple it was to use. It seemed to good to be true! Well, ever since then, I used the Macintosh as much as I could and eventually stopped using DOS altogether. Before the Mac, I never thought a computer could ever be so easy to use. I thought computers had to be complicated because it could do so many things and in order for it to doing anything, you had to tell it what do to using lines of complicated computer code. Steve Jobs will be missed. If it wasn't for Steve's Innovative thinking, companies and consumers around the world wouldn't have the technology we have today.

Opinion: The iPhone 4 Case Design

My take on the whole iPhone 4 reception problem is this; It's simply a bad design that Apple didn't test either enough or not at all. The Antenna band should have been placed at the top-side of the phone where people don't place their fingers on the phone. Apple sometimes does these Overlooked Design Flaws. There's just no rhym or reason to it.

The iPad Launch Today

Today I went to my local Best Buy store to see if they had the iPad. As I was walking toward the front doors, I noticed that there were no signs of advertising for the iPad. Seeing no signs around the front door and none inside the front of the store, I was thinking that this Best Buy store was one of the few that wasn't assigned any out of this initial launch shipment because of a lower than hoped production. Still, I continued in and went to the Apple section and low and behold there's the iPad. To the right of the display table where the iMacs and MacBook demos sit, was a tall cage-like box with several iPad boxes inside it. On the display table next to it was four iPads to try. This Best Buy store was ready for the iPad launch, with surprisingly little fanfare.
I picked up an iPad off the table and held it in my hand. The first thing I noticed was how heavy it was. The body of the iPad is made from a solid piece of machined aluminum. I was holding it like if I were going to read a book on it. I think if you were going to read a book, I would suggest holding the iPad with both hands. When I was holding it with one hand, because of the weight of it, my hand was starting to get fatigued. The display is beautiful and very good size. It had the Apple iWork suite on it. I launched the Pages word processor App and started typing on it. The on-screen keyboard rises up from the bottom of the screen and is very functional. It's very capable when your on the go.
If your in the market for a book reader and you've been waiting to see what the iPad is like before you decide, I think you get a lot more for your money with the iPad then you will with a standalone book reader. Since they are just one-trick ponies and at half the cost of an iPad at that! The iPad is definitely a bargain by comparison because the functionality of the iPad is practically limitless by its design. (If there is no retail store that carries an iPad near you, here's a link to Apple's online store.)
That being said, I think this first iPad is a good start. My overall impression; It's an incredibly built device with very basic features. The biggest feature it lacks is a camera. For me, this is a big deal breaker. I can imagine doing video conferencing using iChat on it. The iPad, I think, would be a perfect device for that. The iPad has enormous potential. It's only going to get better as the next generations follow. Personally, I'm going to pass on getting this first iPad until Apple adds a built-in camera with iChat. Until then, my iPhone 3GS is all I need right now.

Apple Magic Mouse

Last night I stopped by the Walnut Creek Apple Store to check out the new hardware that Apple announced this last Tuesday. They had both 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs on display with the included wireless keyboard and the new wireless Magic Mouse.
I picked up the Magic Mouse and the first thing I noticed is that it does have one whole clickable button (I incorrectly called the Magic Mouse a buttonless mouse in my previous blog entry) which I thought worked fine. The Magic Mouse is very sleek, curvy, and slim. It feels good in the palm of my hand, but I do prefer a mouse with

more of a higher rounded area toward the rear of the mouse, for example the Kensington ThinkingMouse (pictured left) felt great in the hand, it fits in the palm of your hand better than any low profile mouse.
I tried out the multi-touch surface and it's very accurate. The different finger gestures worked as advertised. Moving your index finger vertically up and down scrolls a page up and down in Safari and moving your index finger horizontally scrolls the page horizontally side to side. The right-click also worked fine. I was however unable to try the two-fingered gesture that allows you to for example, page through a multiple page document or browsing through pictures in your iPhoto library, but after playing with the mouse I'm sure it works fine based on how accurate the multi-touch surface is. I was only able to test the Magic Mouse on the Apple Store's display table because they had a cable tethered to it, so I couldn't test how good it tracked on different kinds of surfaces.
In comparison to the previous Mighty Mouse, the Magic Mouse is an improvement, hardware-wise, meaning it's electronics are solid state with no moving parts with the exception of the clickable top surface. The problem with the Mighty Mouse was that in a short period of time, the scroll ball would either start malfunctioning or stop working altogether. So, because of that, Apple's solution to the scroll ball is the solid state multi-touch surface technology borrowed from the iPhone and iPod Touch.
I hope that Apple will come out with a wired version of the Magic Mouse because unless you are using rechargeable batteries, batteries could become quite costly over time.

The Apple wireless Magic Mouse retails at the online Apple Store for $69.00 US.

New Apple iMacs Today!

Apple has released the next generation iMac line this morning. New LED backlighting and screen sizes, 21.5 and 27-inch and more pixel depth, 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440 respectively make watching and editing High Definition content amazing. The new iMacs come with a new buttonless wireless bluetooth mouse called the Magic Mouse along with the Apple Wireless keyboard standard. Ports on the back now include the MiniDisplay port which replaces the mini-DVI. These new iMacs do include FireWire 800 for connecting an external hard drive for video capturing when doing video editing for example or for a Time Machine backup drive. All the other ports, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, etc. are included also. Apple mentions the new iMacs have better sounding speakers too!
The 21.5-inch model has a 500 GigaByte hard drive, 4 GigaBytes of RAM, 3.06 GigaHertz Intel Core Duo 2 processor, and a NIVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated video processor standard for a base price of $1,199.00 US. Available now at the online Apple Store. Build to Order options are also available.
The 27-inch model has a 1 TeraByte hard drive, 4 GigaBytes of RAM, 3.06 GigaHertz Intel Core Duo 2 processor, and an ATI Radeon HD 4670 dedicated graphics video card with 256 MegaBytes of Video RAM standard for a base price of $1,699.00 US. Build to Order options are also available. This model will not be available until November.


Warning: Guest Accounts and Snow Leopard

I've heard that when running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, when the Guest account is activated, there have been some cases of data loss in the main or administrating user account. Until Apple comes up with a fix, I strongly recommend not turning on the Guest account option.