‘Resistance is futile.’ It’s a line from Start Trek that a superior alien race uses before trying to assimilate other races and to some great extents represents what has happened to me and Apple, with Apple being that superior Alien race of course. (Nerdgasm over I promise)
When I bought my iPad 2, Apple T.V 2, and the iPhone 4s I knew I would be using them but I didn’t realize that one day I would become completely dependant upon them. There was a time, where I would receive a bill in the Mail and would remember to pay it by leaving it on my desk until the due date drew near. Now no longer do I let this paper work clutter my office (I have tons of other stuff for that), I open my Calender on either the iPhone 4s or iPad 2, insert the due date and amount owed, set an Alarm for the day before its due and wait until that alarm rings before I pay that bill.
With my iPad 2 I find that when the main PC in my household is off or occupied, I am more then content by surfing the web with the added convenience of being on the couch, kitchen table, or bed. There was a time where my wife or brother would just pester me until I got off the P.C rather then boot up the notebook.
But its just not the addition of these individual tasks that is relevant, its the ecosystem that has been created, and I wasn’t even realizing how much I was using until sitting down to write this blog entry.
In the morning I wake up to my iPhone 4s alarm, immediately I check my calender for any appointments, bill payments, or any other scheduled events. After brushing my teeth and grabbing a cup of tea, I’ll head into the office area of my home and start up my T.V and watch some news and then when I feel like checking out the stock market I’ll grab my iPad 2 and use the mirror feature along with the Apple T.V 2 and surf the web and watch a video or two.
I know, I know, not a show stopper or something super crazy, but its that seamless use that makes it worth it. I had a friend who came over, he reads this blog (Hi!), and I was showing him a video on my iPhone 4s. My brother came into the room and also wanted to see the video. Instead of three of us huddling around this 3.5 inch screen, I tapped two buttons and used the Air Play feature to stream it to my 47″ HDTV in the office. Although watching the video was the point, I could tell my friend was more impressed at how easy it was playing the video the way I did.
I’m not even sure what more can be done to improve upon my daily use of my smart phone and tablet, but I’m sure Apple will figure out some more things and I’ll be ready with my cash to buy them as well.