Oh God your saying this is another deep meaningful blog from Arkwright. Well sorry to disappoint but it is just some observations.
Now yesterday was in the eyes of many a special day, no I don’t mean we ran the Mk1 rake on a Wednesday I mean that people all over the world tuned in listened and promptly wet themselves in pure excitement.
Apple released the details most already knew about the iPhone 5, the faithful are getting ready to flex their wallets and the haters have stocked up on venom.
I use an Apple product, I have the iPad 2 now the reason I bought it was not due to great marketing, super value or even reputation. I bought it because the wife had one and I wanted one as well. Yes I know the reason is sad but we are all human after all. Also I should point out I wanted a tablet so I could do some of the things I do better away from the main computer.
I will be the first to admit that despite the reasons why I bought the iPad it has changed the way I work. It’s changed how I check emails, where and when I look at the net, how I communicate with people and how I work at the station. I use it to make notes for stuff to be ordered and it sends those notes to the main machine at home, I can then read it and understand what I wrote, as if it’s just a scribbled note I can’t make head nor tail of it most times.
It’s even made me an avid player of Sudoku which was a game on paper I could never get my head round. But that could all have and most likely would have happened irrespective of the tablet I purchased.
Now I know your thinking what the hell is he on about, has he gone into la la land again?
No all I am saying is that all the people either getting excited or condemning Apple for the iPhone 5 are missing one important point and that is the phone is just a tool, nothing more nothing less!
I know every brand has it’s loyal followers and that it’s human nature to condemn successful companies, but just remember that these gadgets are just tools.
When my contract comes up for renewal on my mobile, I will look, have a play and decide if I am going to replace what I have and what I will replace it with. Yes I have a Blackberry at the moment, and come to think of it the previous phone was a Blackberry, but the next one could be anything as long as I like using it and it does what I want.
I have no brand loyalty for electronics, what it does and how it does it are far more important than the name of the front.
The same can be said of locomotives, both steam and diesel have their loyal and in some cases fanatical followers, but perhaps we should just enjoy whatever is pulling the train we are on and appreciate it as a preserved piece of our history rather then a kettle or generator on wheels.
The same goes for phones, tablets, computers etc. Just remember that by the time you get your paws on the latest model it is, like a steam engine part of history and it’s replacement is already planned.
So just work on the theory that your not buying innovations when you buy your next communications gadget but instead your buying a bit of history. It will make you feel better, trust me!!!