Take stock of your technology. How much of it– iPhone, Mac, iPad, Watch or whatever equivalent you use– is new vs. old; recent vs. in need of an upgrade?
Technology is about change. Every year, whether Apple or Samsung or Dell or HP or various component makers, technology changes. As they say, nothing improves without change. Yet, few of us can afford to upgrade to the latest and greatest of gadgets every year. Earlier this week I read a missive from Mark Hachman about the need to ditch the old and buy the new.
Reasons are many and varied and subjective, but there are two basic categories that gadget users need to consider. The first is the most obvious and Hachman has a list worthy of consideration. It includes the basics of thinner, lighter, faster, but also touches on longer battery life, more user interactivity, and improved security.
The second has to do with the nature of change. I’m a firm believer that nothing improves without change. If so, then change needs to be embraced and managed because it’s coming whether we like it or not. Be prepared.
Some can afford to upgrade all their gadgets every year, so they’re heavily involved in change. Yet, an iPhone XS does not offer much more than last year’s iPhone X, so skipping a year or two of upgrades cannot be considered a sin. Lamenting the fact that the diminutive and much loved (which is different than many sales) iPhone SE is gone forever and refusing to upgrade seems somewhat shortsighted.
The same holds true for Macs and iPads. I have an iPad Air which does much of what a new iPad Pro does for my needs– content consumption vs. content creation– and both run the latest iOS, so why go to the expense of a new iPad? Well, the choices are different today than years ago. New iPads are less expensive and more capable, and iPad Pro models are more expensive and vastly more capable.
My Macs– desktop iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro, usually last for five or six years and I stagger the upgrades to new models so the expense does not put a big dent in any one year, but what I could do on a $5,000 MacBook Pro or $5,000 iMac Pro is about the same as what I can accomplish on a MacBook Air or iMac.
I take issue with those who accuse Apple of raising prices– especially with iPhones XS Max, the new iPad Pro line, and MacBook Air, iMac Pro, and Mac mini. All those products are new, so Apple did not raise their prices. In fact, Apple reduced prices of the iPad and iPhone 7 and 8 line, and added iPhone X-like capability to iPhone XR at a reduced price. Higher prices are reserved for new models, not just tacked on higher prices for the same model.
Who would argue than a new Mac mini is the same as the old Mac mini but at a higher price tag?
Change happens. Whether we look forward to change or implement a methodology to deal with change, change happens. Nothing improves without change. So, doesn’t it make more sense to learn to deal with the changes rather than have change disrupt our lives in a negative way?