Daily Archives: July 16, 2012
Does everything need to be analyzed? Why is it that we cannot grieve or show elation without a psychologist invading the deepest recesses of our mind to figure out why we, well, feel?
The latest study focuses on the grieving patterns of affected people over the death of Apple Inc. co-founder and genius, Steve Jobs, last October.
Now, I admit that his passing over-whelmed me. I found out about his death while typing on my IPad, the mobile device he envisioned and that went on to break sales records. It was tough news to swallow.
However, grief over the passing of anyone will affect all of us in different ways. It’s the nature of the beast.
I remember when John Lennon was murdered and how catastrophic it was to his many fans. I counted myself one of them but did not grieve as deeply as other people. Some were more attached to his music, his message, his charisma, than was I.
On the other hand, Steve Jobs touched so many people in different ways. For me, he unlocked a dormant area in my brain that allowed me to combine my artistic and technological passion.
The artistic was always there – I am an established musician. But, the technological remained hidden, beyond my reach. Although I often dreamed of how I could add more technological components to my concerts, it seemed far beyond my reach.
Yet, with the evolution of Apple products, Steve Jobs embraced the artistic – technological partnership and, thus, artists from all walks of life became naturally attached to Apple. He emphasized the importance of technology in the arts and made the tech world more exciting and fun. It attracted not only artists but also people from every walk of life. And, of every age.
So, it is only natural that people mourned his death. We lost a genius, someone who took enormous risks in order to make the world a better and more exciting place in which to live. He was not a perfect human being, but, in terms of his technological contributions, he came as close to perfect as one could attain.
Yes, all over the world, people mourned the passing of a modern day genius and one didn’t need to be researched to wonder why.
We lost one of the great inventors of our time, a historical figure who monumentally changed the world. He left a huge void and, yet at the same time, an enormous legacy by ensuring that Apple Inc would remain an exciting and innovative company for generations.
Do you see what I mean? How ludicrous are the rumors that Apple is going to release a smaller iPad this Fall while Amazon is going to release a larger version of its Kindle device? I really think the world has gone mad – well, the tech world most definitely!
Everyone is chomping at the bit over the rumored release of an iPad Mini. Now, from the depths of Mashable.Com comes this article:
Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, cheaper than the current model, the New York Times reports citing several people with knowledge of the project.
The new, smaller iPad will have a 7.85-inch screen diagonal and will cost “significantly less” than the “regular” iPad, which starts at $499.
Meanwhile, Amazon is working on a bigger version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire in order to compete with the iPad, claims a developer briefed on Amazon’s plans.
It’s as if no one can make up their mind anymore about what size will work or not so, hey, why not just produce a bunch of tablet sizes and see which one the consumers like the most?
Well, I love my iPad and I have no desire for anything smaller. Yes, it could be cheaper but, like all things, the price will come down over time. Remember those ginormous TVs and the ginormous cost associated with these products? The prices lowered over time.
And this is exactly what will happen with the iPad and other technological devices. As they become more common place in the home, business and education sector, the prices will become less threatening to the average consumer.
So, an iPad Mini at a lower price will be meaningless. But a full-size iPad at a lower price – now that’s a different story.
Do you agree or disagree? I may be wrong and you may be right but we can agree to disagree, right?