I am not a giant fan of technology.
That may sound sort of weird from a blogger, but it’s true. I’m not generally all razzle-dazzled by new, shiny and tiny objects with lots of buttons.
I don’t trust them.
I’m also afraid to live in the Matrix someday.
But watching other people react is fascinating to me. I mean, how many blogs and magazines are dedicated solely to the next latest and greatest tech toy? A lot.
To be quite honest, I didn’t even know something big was happening at Apple until I signed onto Safari at work last week. Our homepage is the generic Apple page and it showed a countdown to something.
Hmmm. Countdown to what? I literally had no clue.
Don’t get me wrong, I am, technically an Apple girl. In 2009 I got the Macbook that I’m still using today. Final selling point that got me to buy it? I was going through laptops about every 2 years. Half a dozen friends swore my Macbook would last at least twice as long, despite the fact that I drop things regularly.
I’ve gotta say – 5 years and going (moderately – she’s starting to slow down a bit) strong… and yes, I’ve dropped her more time than I can count. I used to be super careful transporting her in one of those insulated sleeve cases. The last two years or so, I tend to just toss her in my book bag and see where the chips fall. So far, so good.
So I do trust Apple a little. And I love iMovie.
Also, when I said I’m not generally razzle-dazzled, I will totally admit I thought iPhones were super cool when they came out.
It took me a few years to finally get one though. I was not keen on the cost of data plans. I’m still not, but what are you gonna do? Stefanie wrote an excellent post over on Vosa about the cost of missed opportunities by skipping items like smartphones that I was starting to notice as well.
Well, my handy, dandy circa 2011 iPhone is on its last legs. It does this lovely freezing and crashing thing. It eats voicemails sometimes (which cost me a job I was kind of excited about).
All I can think about is how much a new iPhone would cost and it makes me think… I’m probably not getting another one. Unless I can go back a few generations and pick up a new (or refurbished – does Apple do that with phones?) iPhone4 or even 3. Who cares as long as it works and lets me read my email?
And play Candy Crush.
So the point of all that rambling is that I work with two totally crazy gadget lovers. To such an extent that my boss cut out mockups of the iPhone 6 and and iPhone 6 Plus out of foam core.
(Insert picture I really should’ve taken of them yesterday. Dang it. Missed opportunity.)
He went around all day asking people which size they liked best and which one they were going to buy. He was trying to decide which size he likes better before the release date so he can be sure to get one of the first.
Without a doubt – his current phone works fine.
Also, don’t get me wrong; spend your money however you wish. I mean, he’s my boss. I have no idea what his financial situation is, but I’m guessing very secure. If you like toys, buy toys.
But Apple fever is pretty weird. And it is super weird to me to watch otherwise totally rational people talk about how they have to decide which one they like better so they can buy it as soon as it comes out.
It was even weirder to me that he just assumed that everyone was deciding which one they wanted and that he thought he was helping us all out by creating these mock-ups so we could check out how the sizes felt.
We are theater technicians. We’re generally a pretty geeky bunch. All the same, foam core mock ups were a bit much for me. Apparently the personal finance blogger in me won out, because when he handed them to be and asked which one I planned on getting, my first response was:
“Oh, is your phone broken?”