I’ve been a Mac since I was in college back in the early 90’s. My first Mac was a SE/30 which has a whopping 1MB of RAM (expandable to a dizzying 128MB) and no had no hard drive. The operating system (muthaf$%@$% System 6.0!!!) on an internal ROM. For the day, it was AWESOME. Interestingly enough, almost 27 years later, Apple’s latest Macintosh, the iMac Pro will cost roughly the same damn price, clocking in at just under $5000. The specs on this new machine is a tad bit upgraded, so the high price seems justified compared the price of the other available Macs in their lineup.
Apple held it’s annual iPhone event this past Tuesday to unveil the iPhone X, it’s most advance iPhone yet. And man… what a damn phone it is. Edged screen (similar to Samsung’s 8 Series), facial recognition, and built-in Augment Reality to name a few features. All-in-all, what was expected from Apple. Smartly, they also released the iPhone 8 as the typical upgrade for the previous model. The 8 looks just like the 7 Series with incremental internal upgrades.. perfect for those looking to get the most recent iPhone and technology.
They’re treating the iPhone X similar to a concept model car. Something that showcases the future direction of their mobile products, without disrupting what they already have. The price tag isn’t anything to sneeze at the lower end model with run you about $1000, so this will be purchased by only the truly devoted Apple phone enthusiasts; Personally, I’ll probably break the band and get one of the X Series this time next year. The iPhone 7 Plus I have right now is still an excellent phone. I have not need to get rid of it for a slightly bigger screen. True there’s a lot of cutting edge technology in the iPhone X, but it’s nothing I need to have to get through the day. My early adopter days are over.
I already own an Xbox. But this one is the next level. I will sell my Xbox and get the Xbox One X.
Lose yourself in worlds built for immersive true 4K gaming, where action is brought to life with 2160p frame buffers. Enjoy brilliant graphic details in lights, shadows, and reflections with High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut. Experience premium audio that puts you in the center of 3D spatial sound. Stream and record game clips in 4K at screaming-fast 60FPS. With 6 teraflops of processing power and 12GB GDDR5 graphic memory, Xbox One X is 40% more powerful than any other console. Feel true power.
When they unveiled this monster at this year’s WWDC conference, I nearly fell on my ass. Sure, it just looks like an iMac they covered in space gray. But the specs are something the loyal Mac User isn’t used to. POWER!!! This overclocked machine is a BEAST! Something that a video editor like myself salivating onto the keyboard. The RAM and storage capabilities are enough to have you consider the purchase. Up to 4TB of storage space means I can have a nice Mac and PC partition with enough graphics power to work in Mac OS and then Switch over to Windows for gaming (and uh.. work too..). The base model starts at $5G’s so you know the one I need to get will be pushing around $7G’s easy. If it’s upgradable, then I won’t mind spending the money. If not? I might have to go back to my original plan of a tricked out Macbook Pro.
It was only a matter of time. After Kitchen Rebel‘s serious bluetooth sync issues with her wireless headphones, I broke down and got a pair of the wireless Beats X headphones from Beats/Apple. The main issue with bluetooth headphones and Mac/iOS has been the inconsistent pairing issues. Apple’s W1 chip makes it pretty damn seamless pairing your wireless compatible (read: Apple). $150 is pretty steep or headphone for me. I usually don’t go higher than $80 since i’m the DESTROYER OF HEADPHONES. But if the pairing solutions work as well as everyone says, they’ll be worth the money.
I haven’t been a big user of music streaming services (i.e. Pandora, Spotify), but i have to say i’m really digging Apple Music. Still trying to work out the merging of online and offline libraries. They’ve had a crappy time explaining it. But as a simple streaming service, it’s been great. I think being someone who’s been in the Apple ecosystem since day 1, it was an easy integration. The curated playlists are on point, and access to iTunes music on day one is pretty damn nice.
It’s a little after midnight on September 9th, and I’ve just finished up ordering my new iPhone 7 Plus directly from the AT&T website. The last time I did this was a couple years ago with the iPhone 6 Plus. I was in Temecula, California with limited wifi, so I spent 2 hours on the AT&T website hitting refresh, trying to get a spot in the overly crowded line of other fanboys trying to get their new phone as quickly as possible.
And I’ll admit it: I’m an Apple fanboy to the scariest power. I’ve been a resident of the Apple ecosystem since I got my first Mac in college (RIP, my Centris 610). This will be my 3rd iPhone. I started with the original, then upgraded to the iPhone 4s, and later to the 6 Plus when they finally started making larger screen sizes. God, how i loved my iPhone 6Pro. That thing was NEVER a phone. I can guesstimate that I spent about 10% of its usage making calls. Nope, it was my all-in-one communication device. I lived and died by that thing. For two years, it faithfully stayed by my side and help me do everything from navigate, entertain and keep me mobile, whether at work or play.
I have to admit, this year’s iPhone update is a little underwhelming. New colors.. faster processor.. it’s all good. But everyone was waiting for that WOW FACTOR that Apple has been known for. I don’t care. Like I said, I LOVE my iPhone 6 Pro. And if the 7 is the same exact device with a little bit more juice and storage space, I’m a happy camper.
I even toyed with the idea of trying an Android phone this time around. I have to admit, the Samsung Galaxy s7 Edge was a sexy-ass phone. So was the Google Nexus 6P, Huawei Mate 8 and the GIGANTIC (and not available in the states) Xiaomi Mi Max. But it all came down to a phone that fits into my whole workflow. My laptop, tablet and phone are all integrated into a digital workflow that helps me keep things moving with no effort. I’ve lived under the ‘all my devices just work with each other’ umbrella for a decade now. And after talking with a few ‘experts’, it became clear that Android could be tweaked to work just as good with the rest of my stuff, why break the rhythm if nothing’s wrong with it?
Another thing I’m intrigued about, is the new camera. It looks like the ƒ/1.8 wide angle and ƒ/2.8 telephoto apertures can create a good shallow depth of field when taking pictures. If I can get those same specs while shooting video, it may be a good replacement for using my DSLR for work. 4K resolutions video and RAW photo formats don’t hurt either!
My wife picked up the ‘matte black’ version, while i went with the ‘jet black’ shiny version. Judging from the text on my receipt, my new iPhone won’t be shipping for another 2-3 weeks, but I still have plenty of quality time to spend with my favorite device.
After working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Video Copilot’s Andew Kramer brings back a new and TOTALLY FREE plugin called Saber to create incredible light/laser effects. I just downloaded it. Haven’t really got into ti, but if i can create effects like in the this video, I need to elevate my After Effects game, BIG TIME.