Has Apple Dis-Evolved?

I am not sure, but am quite certain. A company and the co founder who were once emphatically accused of ambushing other products are in a wave of jilted revolution. If I can say that.

Even though Apple is a super power and Steve Jobs’s DNA is the foundation of this company. But it is clearly visible that the ecosystem of the company has changed. Well, we call it adaptability in modern, naive terms. But I wonder, how Apple would have shaped up if Steve was still alive. Not the other Steve (chuckles).

Jobs once said, the most beautiful instruments ever produced in this world are our ‘fingers’. But Apple does promote a stylus these days – not saying they vigorously propagate it, but just saying. He was against big screen iPhones – makers like Nokia and Samsung were torched in his keynotes. I hold a Plus in my hand as I pen down these words. iPad was never going to

Make it beyond 9.7”. We now have an almost 13” Pro looming over us. The once spectacularly announced Shuffle and Nano have been relegated to in- shelf status, I am being nice by saying they are not obsolete. I have a gut feeling, the touch will soon be a product of the past though we might still have consumers who like to substitute the iPhone for a cheaper alternative. I would say, it is a poor man’s iPhone.

Mac Mini exists but then, they are like the crocodiles in the zoo. They are visible when everything around is dead and silent. Apple TV is trying to unleash rejuvenation but they are doing it in a painful pace. 2017 is late.

Next week, we might see 3 iPhones. The third one – not sure what it is touted to be but it marks the 10th year anniversary of the iconic phone. More surprises, design changes and iOS 11. But, revolutionary. I don’t think so. In fact, this was Steve Jobs’ favourite word that made the WWDC’s a rage in those days.

Different Pods are making their debut. Air Pods, Home Pods, and of course, the Watch. Never been a big admirer of the watch though.

I won’t give the WWDC a miss next week, but my memories of an Apple Keynote will never be the same again.

Precariously put. I do believe they are an indispensable part of my world. Difficult to decipher but easy to believe. Live and breathe Apple!

Yes, yes. A big yes. I want iPhone 7, but I don’t need it right now. Yes, you read that right. ‘Need’ is the courageous word.

Camera is a noticeable advancement in 7 and so is the shift to lightning enabled performance (not path breaking for sure). Airpods, yes. A truly irrestible offer for wireless lovers like me (though the need to stick to my Bose headphones makes more sense at this time of launching poke). Rest, usual suspects as Apple products are figuratively qualitative and performance isn’t only derived from extraordinary hardware. 256 GB wasn’t a surprise, thanks to the true rumours. iOS 10, no goosebumps here.

I said this long back, the ecosystem of Apple is changing. When Phil said – ‘Apple isn’t saying iPhone 7 will replace the DSLRs…’, my statement got nailed. Way back, Steve would have murdered the DSLRs.

Apple keynotes don’t excite me anymore as they did before but can’t take my eyes off when a new iPhone is taking birth. Hey, hold on. I still stick to what I said in the beginning, I don’t need one right away, my 6 smiles at me as I push this through to your vivacious eyes.

Phew! Writing about iPhones makes me, hmm, not tired but contagious.

Lots, and coming in..

Has been a good and hectic time of pandora around with glitz and curiosity in equal measures.

No, not because of Germany’s triumph but for the vanquished ones. Have always been an admirer of Albiceleste since school days and those sentiments probably stick around. Not to mention, I played ‘pada’ football during much of my younger days and have some fond memories from those packet sized foul mouthed haute. Days of such ignorance and yet so blissful ! Loved the world cup though, some interesting matches with the seldom class that hovers around the big match players and the vital games. Though 1.30 IST hurt, but got through with little hiccups.

Went through some invigorating movies to laud myself. Bit of weaver stuff as my appetite for versatility keeps growing :).
Feeling about money and making money are 2 very different things in life, 2 such films played a frivolous penchant to my bickered thought process.
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ was a Scorsese chaos with a stunning collage of characters woven in dollars, drugs and pussy. It had a rawness about the protagonist, not to mention his incredible ability to persuade and destruct his instincts with an insatiable orgy towards the inimitable greed.
Oliver Stone’s Wall Street is more sober, yet punches in intrigue with oodles of human tussle that involves ego, deceit and vengeance through convulsive relationships. Yet again, greed is a component that emerges as a human parasite. Extinguished but never withers away to defy a comeback.
Though a Scorsese patriot, Stone’s Wall Street was more real in terms of pudding versus pie tussle.

Lot more happened, and I could just about remain reclusive as work treated me as its host with lot to unravel. And, continues, that is.

54 CW glories, the pinnacle at Lords and the nadir in Manchester, Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph, Hockey India’s march till Australia put paid to the illuminating hopes.
My Blu-ray orders that never erodes away, Calcutta’s rain which defines intermittent oscillation through our mandate chores.
WWDC was more mellowed to replenish our expectations, iOS 8 means less as much as a device that would pour more that intends to carry 8 with aplomb.
Apple is all set to end my wait for a 5.5 iPhone, hopefully it transcends to a kettle of revolution that once made my 4 flaunt with incorrigible pride. It still remember my stores saying – ‘the days of iPhone 4 were an absolute chaos, and few around knew what an iPhone would do for them in the next few years’. Do I say more? Don’t think I have to.
I must say that Samsung Note 4 could tease the next iPhone (not as much as Google Glass did to re-imagine our tech tooth) but I would like to see an overhaul for the latter.

My in transit relationship with a voice over awaits in the next few weeks, and am waiting for an even quicker backlash. For now, if that gives you reason enough to sit through for my next.

The ‘Apple’ that was..

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Legends leave a legacy that’s easy to revere but difficult to cherish without embracing tussles of the highest order.

Steven P Jobs was an outstanding entrepreneur who lived and graced life in his own terms. More than self, Apple Inc. and it’s meteoric rise to the número uno slot was testimony to his mercurial genius.

But Jobs had an ominous team of talented technicians to envision is quadruple size dream. Certainly, he will remain one of those characters whose charisma will remain undisputed. But I would place the list of luminaries under Jobs in high esteem, who rallied across to see Apple where it is today. At the top.

Every success story has a string of infinite failures attached to it. Apple and it’s wizards have seen those bumps in plenty (Apple struck an all time low in the late eighties and early nineties before the messiah bailed it out with the iMagic).

Apple was certainly Jobs’ caricature but for me, it has much more to offer in future that would keep the demeanour of Steve emphatically alive.

Microsoft looks ahead – ‘Windows 7’ in 2009

Microsoft, the undisputed giants in software and operating systems, are all set to come out with the next generation OS, Windows 7. So far, we only had a chance to look at the pre-release beta version of the same, it will be available to the users sometime next year. I, personally, have not checked it out, but the preliminary looks and features do suggest that Microsoft has strictly considered the feedback and preferences of the users above everything else, while designing it, especially after the ‘Vista’ experience.

We all have to admit that ‘Windows Vista’ has not been that popular amongst the users, as ‘XP was. Or for that matter, Windows 98 or 2000. If my opinion counts, personally, I feel that Vista is amazingly cool and visually fantastic, and I have been using it for sometime now. I do agree that it is extremely ‘security conscious‘ and outwardly rejects pirated stuff. And admirably so. I have always believed that using original software would always enhance your PC experience to a different level altogether. I still remember those days when users took some time to get acquainted to ‘Windows XP‘, when 2000 and up to some extent, Windows 98 were ruling the roost. But of course, ‘XP‘ became incredibly popular in the user fraternity. Nevertheless, we should refrain from such comparisons, as it would easily provoke me to start comparing ‘Vista’ or ‘7’ with Apple’s Mac, which again would not be fair at all. ‘Macintosh’ initiated a revolution in the world of Technology with their ‘Macs’ and ‘i-pods’, whereas Microsoft have been giants in their own domain. So I guess, it all depends on the users worldwide and what they want, something that is easy to find and much more easier to execute, in terms of their professional and personal lives.

And I am grateful to both of them(Apple & Microsoft) for providing us with such superlative technology, at our doorsteps.

It has been a treat to work in ‘Vista’ so far, I am looking forward to ‘Windows 7’ for greater durability and being more user friendly.

Welcoming ‘Windows 7’..

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