August 11, 2012

The next entry will be a whole lot less about my personal computing life, I swear!

Two weeks ago on Twitter I speculated that I can’t really be called a Mac user anymore. It’s a weird thing, since I’m such an Apple enthusiast, to be a former Mac user.

Sure, I own a MacBook Pro. But let’s look at the facts about my specific MacBook Pro:

  1. It’s six years old. 15.4″ 2.0 Ghz Intel Core Duo with 1 GB RAM from Jan 2006. It runs Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard while newer Macs can run 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  2. It’s rarely powered on. Rarely. The only times it’s on are when I need to manage something in iTunes or need to do something for school that I can’t do on my iPad.
  3. Nothing about what I use it for is platform-specific. The two things I use it for — which, again, is rarely — I can do on any bargain bin Windows box.

By all accounts, I’m on Apple’s list of “potential” Mac users. I’m someone that Apple has to convince to purchase a Mac. I’m not a Mac user, I’m an iPad user. It’s a fascinating thought because two years ago I was looking forward to four more years with a 2009 MacBook Pro which I sold. How time changes things, eh?

Here’s what Apple can do to entice me into purchasing a new Mac (27″ iMac):

  1. Include the Apple TV software (including AirPlay) as a Mac OS app or make it easy to hook up an Apple TV box to the iMac in Target Display Mode. An iMac that doubles up as an Apple TV-powered HDTV would be killer.
  2. Update the iWork apps for iOS to be explicitly on par feature-wise with the Mac OS versions. It would make switching between the iPhone, iPad, and iMac for work painless. As is, it’d be excruciating because of the incompatibilities.
  3. Make a version of XCode for iOS. I’m sincerely interested in writing iOS apps, but I loathe the idea of being tied to a traditional computer. I get that XCode commands a bit of screen real estate, but being able to make simple edits “on the go” with my iPhone and iPad would get me to invest time in learning how to write (and write) apps.
  4. Make a version of iBooks Author for iPad, with the same reasoning I gave for XCode in the previous paragraph.
  5. Retina Display iMac? Yes please.

Any of those requests listed above would make me interested in purchasing an iMac, and a combination of any would push me over the edge into saving up for one.

It’s interesting that most of that wish list — which, again, is what could make me want a Mac — is about making iOS devices more compelling for work independent of a traditional computer.

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