Having an iPhone, Apple Watch, MacBook and being entirely in Apple’s ecosystem used to be a nightmare for me but I learned to love what Apple is.
You know the saying; “Apple a day makes the doctor go away!”. I am however not talking about that kind of apples today but rather Apple, the company. This statement, however, is starting to turn true. Apple’s latest moves into health and fitness help people track their biometrics and essentially be healthier.
Growing up with Android, Linux, and experimentation
My early days of getting to know Technology and Computing the be exact were full of testing. I would never turn down any device, any operating system or complex technology if I can dissect and play with it.
The closed system that Apple had did not interest me, I cannot install a ROM, I can’t change or customize almost anything. There was a point in time where you couldn’t change your iPhone ringtone even though most people now use the default one. I guess Apple was right about ringtones after all.
Another big issue I had with Apple products was that they were Expensive and I had no way of buying even old hardware. ( I was poor. ) I hated something I never actually used or played with. I had this massive hate towards a company and their business for no reason other than few arguments I picked up on the internet.
Problems Android and my first iPhone
LG GT540 Optimus, Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, HTC One, LG G3, Samsung Note 4 were some of my favorite Android phones I’ve owned and used. Pretty much all of them except Note 4 I’ve played around with custom ROMs. I will lie If I say I didn’t have fun.
Setting fun things aside as I grew up and the real job took most of my time I needed a phone that works. I needed a phone that can have internet, apps, can do calls and message. Android phones did all of that, but the system felt sluggish, I would have updated to the latest software for a year and then it’s done. No more updates, you have to live with subpar software experience!
Enter iPhone SE, the most affordable iPhone yet with the latest processor, all the new features. It was a fast buy for me I even picked up Rose Gold color because I couldn’t wait for other colors to be in stock. SE blew me away, it was fast, small, beautiful screen, ages ahead of my Note 4 and I started to use my phone a lot more.
I wouldn’t say I was addicted before, but SE was so easy to use and fast It caused it. I was on the hook, sometime after I bought an Apple Watch, I was blown away even more. Now I am sitting here writing this on my MacBook, while listening to music on AirPods, and getting a notification on my Apple watch. Those pesky distractions! I am a total Apple lover now and I LOVE IT.
What about the laptop? What about OSX (MacOS)?
I’ve used a MacBook for a few years before I bought my first iPhone. I got a MacBook Air for my High School graduation. I was not sure how to feel about that having never used an Apple device beforehand, I hated it at first.
Took me quite some time to adjust and understand how I should be using this new tool. A few months later I started to like it and eventually love it so much that I moved my development to my MacBook Air.
I still change and move between Linux, Windows, and MacOS for different things. I find MacOS being the best to use with Adobe suite, especially Lightroom and Photoshop. I use my windows for Games, and yes that’s pretty much it. Linux, however, I love dearly and always somehow end up on it even now I am looking into dual booting my MacBook for a minimalistic development environment.
So why are Apple devices so good?
One of the best things about Apple devices is simplicity, the minimalism of design, insanely good build quality and longevity. How many people do you know that have an iPhone 3–4 years old? I am even debating to use my 8+ for 3 years instead of 2. I have been using my Apple watch for 3 years as well (no need to upgrade, works the same as the first day). I have been using that MacBook air for 3–4 years before selling it and so on.
When you buy an Apple device, you are buying it for a more extended period, granted there are some issues and dodgy things some execs tried to do. Most remarkably, iPhone 6s battery degradation and slowdowns but those things aside they make the longest lasting devices on the market.
Rarely do you see an Android phone 3–4 maybe even 5 generations old. However, I am sure there still are cases but on a lesser scale.
Besides that usability, minimalism, simplicity, as stated before, are a must for me. I am done with clutter. I am on my path to clarity and mindful life.
I used to hate Apple without using it, without giving it enough time. Apple Devices do have problems, but they are far less than what I had on the other platforms. However not every device is for everyone. You will pay more for an iPhone you will pay the brand name. You will also get a device that lasts a quite some time, gets latest updates. A device that just works!
I am more open now and give a try to everything, I can use any smartphone at the end they would all satisfy my needs. My biggest problem was hating apple without a valid reason, with just internet arguments and I think that is the main issue here. We are all susceptible to hate, especially hate without proper reason. We all need to open up, experience and dislike things based on our own experience, not others.
I used to hate Apple but love Android Devices, I now really like Apple, but I don’t dislike Android, it serves its place and I still want to try it out. If I needed a second phone surely, I’d get an Android.