Many people dismiss the idea of an Apple laptop partially out of intimidation. Since childhood, I was bought up in the realm of Microsoft, nice easy to use personal computers that are generally accepted by everyone. Children would use them to surf the net and even secretaries and other professionals would find these computers essential in their everyday working lives. They are accepted by everyone and why? Because the user interface is so friendly and easy to navigate. They are like a digital AA road map and that simple ‘Start’ button in the left hand corner seemed to make everything so accessible.
The first time I tried to associate myself with an Apple computer was in college when I was studying an irritating side module linked to my Media Production course. However this module was slightly important as I would not achieve my media qualification without passing this add on course. Therefore I did submit a small amount of my attention to it when required, yet not enough to remember anything I had learned after I gladly strolled out the doors for the last time. Anyway, at first glance, this Apple machine caused me great concern as it was something new and I did not appreciate change too much during that adolescent period of my life. As soon as I figured out which symbol on this annoying new interface represented the internet, it was inevitable that I would be constantly distracted by the likes of Youtube and the Mixmag web site. This was indeed the case too, especially with what seemed like broadband internet speeds on these things. Therefore I did not learn too much about Apple or creative computing while I was stuck in line waiting for university to come into my life.
By the time I had grown up a little more, I was willing to accept change and challenge. I was learning to use a piece of unfamiliar editing software called Final Cut and Apple is the platform in which this software operates at its most optimum level. This piece of software was highly sophisticated and even I, someone not too technology savvy, could immediately see that this type of software would have been horrible to use on a normal Microsoft computer. Everything was nice and speedy due to the quad core processor and as I was editing video, I could see the resolution was far superior to anything I’d ever seen on a Microsoft computer.
It wasn’t until I bought my own Macbook, that I really started to appreciate Apple. I discovered one of the cursor features accidentally and to this day, it still impresses me. By placing two fingers on the touch pad simultaneously, it is possible to scroll down the screen without the aid of a mouse or without having to move the cursor to the side of the screen. The Apple operating system gives more ample support to the hardware too and because Apple use aluminium shells, the machines are incredibly tough. This makes it possible for Apple to create slimmer models which are far more fashionable to carry about than regular laptops. The Apple logo on the front of the computer also lights up when the machine is in use which in street terms, makes it look even more swag!