This week has been a bit rough. Insomnia which I sometimes have intermittently caused me to lose sleep time twice this week. Wednesday night was the worst. I maybe had a couple of hours dozing. Last night I "collapsed" at 10pm and awoke Friday at 2:30pm. That maybe a record for me of continuous sleep. 15-16 hours of sleep is rather unusual.....
The annual Fall Apple event occurred yesterday. I was home working and had the event streaming on the Apple TV. Very nice Apple, it saves everyone trying to get the event through Twitter or some other means.
Here are my thoughts.
1. FREE, FREE.......Freedom.... to me the big news was the announcement by Apple that all operating system updates will be free starting now. Add to that the ILife package (IPhoto, IMovie, Garage Band) will also be free. The icing on the cake was making IWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) are now free. That is awesome. I read an article today by another techie that the savings will represent close to $4,000 as he has 8 Apple computers between himself and his family. At a time when the government and most businesses are asking more money Apple is reducing the prices on their products or making them free.
2. Mavericks, the upgrade to the operating system is nice. Performance has improved and my battery life on my current laptop has increased. The install which was an upgrade was smooth and trouble free. I will have more to come on this later.
3. Macbook Pro's and the upgrades. Apple moved the 13" Retina down in price and weight. The laptop now weighs 3 lbs., just a 1/2 lb. heavier than the Macbook Air 13". I am now leaning heavily towards the Macbook Pro. The price dropped $200.
4. IPad's, well what can you say. I like that the mini is now retina. I am not sure that a new IPad is in my future.
5. The Mac Pro, OMG, I do want one, but the price will be out of reach for me for a while.
What do I want from Apple next? I would love to see the Mac Mini upgraded to the Haswell.
Some flower shots.. I am waiting on a couple of spots that should have color this week. The problem is running out in time to get the "Golden Light" with work. You can go to the Fall 2013 to see the shots....
I am working on my Photography again. I found that I needed to let my creativity focus back on my photography. I have found the IPhone 5S an excellent camera. The camera is so good I question the need for my DSLR.
So that means I had to pull out my DSLR and find out. I did and guess what I like my DSLR also. I forgot how much I missed controlling some of my shots. Only a fully functional lense and setting control a DSLR gives me fills that gap.
I am going to provide this link to a National Geographic Photographer that is strictly using an IPhone 5S on a trip to Scottish Highlands. The photographer Jim Richardson. So far I have to agree with his assessment of the IPhone 5S and the quality of the photos.