An all Apple family

December 27 2011

Back in April, I proudly declared my second anniversary of living completely Microsoft-free. Not much has changed in the last six months, though their acquisition of Skype has momentarily returned a piece of "Microsoft" software to my kit-bag. There are alternatives to Skype, though, so I'm getting back to that mantra. Beyond Microsoft-free, though, the point of that blog entry was how much Apple technology had entered my life in the last few years.

Earlier this month, IBM started a conversion of our corporate mobile device program, in line with what had been disclosed externally a few months ago. For the first time, I had the opportunity to have an iPhone and have IBM manage the billing. It meant buying my own phone, but the opportunity to move not just in a Microsoft-free direction, but an all-Apple direction, was too good to pass up.

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The switch was so simple, I almost didn't realize it had happened. When I first powered up the iPhone on Friday afternoon, and clicked through the setup options, an error suddenly popped up on my old phone, that the SIM was no longer provisioned. A few minutes later, I logged onto a Lotus Mobile Connect gateway on ibm.com, and Notes Traveler and LMC were being provisioned on the device. The app store app already knew what apps I had on my iPad, so installing IBM Sametime and IBM Connections were both single-tap actions. My contacts synced from Notes through Traveler. In short, save some recent images shot with the camera on my old phone, I didn't have to do anything to transition from one device to another, and I'm up and running on the 8th piece of Apple gear in production use in my household. It.Just.Works.

I often wondered whether I was really missing anything by having an iPad and not an iPhone. I haven't spent a single work day on the new device yet, but already I feel some strong differences. First, and I know this is something I could have configured on my old device, there's no blinky light nagging at me. I avoided getting a Blackberry for so long because I knew my personality well enough, and sure enough it became a crackberry for me. I'm having to retrain to take on a bit more zen and not just want to peek at the iPhone to see if something's up. I'm hopeful that this helps with focus and attention for me. Second, the apps are so nice. Some of the same apps are on my iPad or were on my old device, but the dual-core in the iPhone 4S is just wicked fast. The iPad 1 seems sluggish next to its new little brother (though I finally upgraded to iOS5 this weekend as well; it's nice). Third, there are apps that just didn't make any sense for me on the iPad -- instagram, forkly, foursquare, etc. -- that I'm looking forward to using more now that they're in my pocket.

The suddenness of the transition -- I started the process to transition on December 14, and the phone arrived on the 23rd -- means I hadn't even contemplated things like having to re-pair bluetooth devices, or buy a new car charger, or even figure out if I want a case for the 4S or not. I haven't asked Siri anything yet; she's a naughty girl and has a way to tell you about calendar data even if the device is locked, though I'm sure that there will soon be a way to control that through Traveler/ActiveSync. The battery life is wonderful on Verizon, even with bluetooth/wifi/3G all running, I haven't seen it hit 50% yet in a day.

So as I sit here on my Macbook, I feel like this weekend, I achieved some new state of bliss. I can't type as fast on this thing, not everything is running the way I want, but I'm there. I'm in an all-Apple world, and I love it. While I never wanted to be a fanboi, but I guess I can't be called anything but at this point. I hope hope hope that the legacy of Jobs will live on, and the next several devices with the fruity logo we obtain all work like these do.

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