While I am apparently a first time poster, I am actually the return of smudgeyjoe, a longtime poster. My son passed away unexpectedly in November, and Poppaholic was his X-Box Live handle. He could never get enough Mountain Dew. I want to remember him every chance I get.
I spent 35 years of school teaching, much of that time married to Microsoft )-: When I retired, I purchased the first iPad on day one, and soon followed that up with every iDevice I could get. The interface was too good, too reliable, and too cutting edge. I had to grin a little as I watched Microsoft go from Top Dog to Contender to Also Ran. This post is a trial balloon because I live alone now, and I have no one to conjecture with but my iMicrowave.
I am concerned that, to a much lesser degree, Apple seems to be dragging it's feet a little. It worries me. We are living in a time where "what did you do for me today" has become literally true. Monday's best tech may be a memory a week later. Apple created the iPhone and for a time, it truly was The Phone. But as I have walked the corridors of info land, I see phone after phone from Android Land with bigger and better displays. It used to be that there was The App Store, and everything else. Google is most assuredly catching up in terms of numbers of apps. Apple has been the spawner of every great new direction and undoubtedly still has a few things up it's sleeve, but the rest of the tech world is only a step behind. I know that Apple has opted out of CES since 1992, but this is a year I think their lack of presence will be costly. Many old heads are finally turning and looking at technology as something that deserves a second look. I think that Microsoft began to plod along when they became entrenched in a pattern of development that was predictable. They had done well for years by connecting the dots from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 and so on, but then someone discovered it worked to go from 1 to 9 to 5 to 26 and create a new and better product. I absolutely love Apple and everything it represents, but I am worried they are falling into becoming a 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 etc. entity. That makes me sad. Hope I am wrong (-;