I keep looking online at the comments regarding Apple’s latest updates and offerings. I keep reading the posts. I even keep looking at Apple’s website every once in a while. I’ve gone into an Apple Store and held a few things in my hands. I’ve borrowed an iDevice or two from a friend and played around for a bit. I even let iTunes update on my Mac mini to the latest version and squinted long and hard with an open mind and full consideration. And, after all of this, I finally feel I can start to put into words something that has lingered in the back of my mind for a few months now. A feeling that only increased with the last few events and product rollouts.
The current lineup of offerings from Apple are just not for me.
It’s OK. Really. This is a good thing.
Well, it is a reminder to me that one does not have to upgrade to the latest OS or Model. It’s a reminder that just because something new comes out, it does not mean that this thing that I have will not continue to serve me for a long time to come exactly the way it is. If it works today it will likely work just as well tomorrow and for many tomorrows to come.
I know about the cool new features. I know for many people they outweigh any disadvantages.Yes, I’m aware of security patches and bug fixes and that those things matter. I get it. I’m sure most others are happy. Apple’s sales and upgrade numbers tell me so. They want a larger screen on their phone and a flat design on their Mac. The great new features like Handoff and Apple Pay and the rest are more for them than staying with last year’s make and model is. That’s fine, for them.
My iPhone 5 has been serving me well running iOS 7 (though, I do wish it was the same size as the iPhone 4). My first generation iPad mini is the same way for me. All of my Macs are all running Mavericks, save one. And that one is a Mac mini Server still running Snow Leopard Server because, well, the Lion implementation of “Server” was not for me. But, on the rest, Mavericks is for me. And, from what I’ve seen so far, Yosemite is not.
In fact, my wife is still running iOS 6 on her iPhone. Every now and then I ask if she’s happy with that. “Just fine”, she says, “I don’t know if I want to have to learn the new stuff.”
I get that. An iPhone 5 running iOS 6 is for her. She is happy there. Anything else is not for her. At least, it has yet to prove itself to be.
I have no idea what the future may hold for me. Perhaps, eventually, I might upgrade — by choice or by force. If I buy a new Mac, it will come with Yosemite and only be able to run that. If I get a new iPhone, the similar case will be true. The Apple Watch might be for me but I likely won’t know for a while — likely long after it’s released. Perhaps, the next thing that Apple announces will be for me. But, I don’t like to dwell on what ifs when there is so much here now to choose from.
I’ve been around too long and learned from experience that technology has to prove itself. It should make us better. It should solve problems. And, we should consider these things before allowing any new tool into our daily lives. We should ask ourselves if it’s for us.
Me, I’m happy here. Things work in a way I am happy with. The same as they did yesterday. And, if that’s the case for you then the best upgrade one can make is to get to know what you have even better. Maybe dig up a iOS 7 or Mavericks tips & tricks post from last year that’s growing stale on some tech blog. You just might make a writer’s day when they open their stats and see your solitary click on a post they thought long forgotten and irrelevant. Let them know why that post is still there and why it matters — it’s for you.