Today, Apple had their yearly keynote speech, and unlike years past, they decided to load this one up with new additions. Whenever Apple wants to unveil a new product they often have a special event in which they focus on only one new product or iteration of a former product, but this year Apple decided to announce upgrades to two of their most popular products, the iPhone and the iPad, as well as a long overdue update to the Apple TV. As I watched this keynote and saw the new 12.9 inch iPad pro I wondered, “who would ever want an iPad that big?” I never actually looked at an iPad as a device that needs a larger model, but Apple seems to know how to release an item that meets a niche need, without losing its appeal to the larger public. The major news from this keynote was the introduction of Apple’s “new” iPhone. When I first saw the unveiling, it seemed like Apple was just trying to sell a slightly updated iPhone 6 with a new color variation, a strategy Apple seems to use time and time again, but upon watching the event I saw that they added quite a few interesting features. Apple knows that people think they just keep releasing the same device, with a shiny new coat of paint, so they decided to attack that exact notion. The tag line Apple used for today’s iPhone event was “the only thing that’s changed is everything,” a line that harkens to what is commonly said by critics of Apple products, “the only thing that’s changed is…” While I wouldn’t say that everything about the iPhone has changed, I will say the new 3d touch feature and camera features have made this phone seem like more of an upgrade than some of the past versions of the phone. Apple seems to be on a war path to steal complete market share from all of their competitors, and while these new products are definitely more advanced, I think I will be sticking with last year’s models until the next update. The future is definitely looking bright for technology, hopefully these newly announced products by Apple will bring forth greater improvements from all of their competition, and a golden age for technology.
The commercialization of flying cars is a scary thought, with development of these vehicles quickly increasing, it is a foregone conclusion that one day Mr. Everyman will be able to get his hands on one of these dangerous flying machines. I know that commercial production of the flying car is most likely at least five years away, and it will take plenty of regulations and licensing to get these cars into the hands of the public, but just knowing these cars may someday be common modes of transportation is a bit chilling. Judging from the way people drive these days, I couldn’t fathom a rollout of flying cars going without a hitch. Road rage is a huge problem and with people shooting and ramming into one another over small disagreements it is hard to imagine what they would do with the ability to take these quarrels to the skies. Aside from road or air rage, flying cars would be hard to secure, I remember seeing a video of a child who stole his mother’s car to go on a joyride, this car ended up smashing into several parked cars, but if it was a flying car the damages would have been catastrophic. I can think of situations in which having a flying car would be quite favorable, but the overall problem with having these machines sold to the masses is the dangers they would cause to the public. I know flying cars are coming, and just based on the physics of the machines, we won’t be seeing any Jetsons like intersections for a while, I just hope every safety measure is put in place to make sure the vehicles are operated properly and intelligently when they finally get to market.
I’m going to be out in the wilderness for the weekend, so unless I get some random inspiration, I will photo blog Saturday and Sunday.
People need to get out of their comfort zone more often, it’s alarming to me when I meet someone who is over 25 years old that has never left their hometown. I mean seriously, you must have some desire to adventure beyond what you see everyday. I understand some people have many responsibilities, and are just not able to get around, but I feel like it should be almost mandatory to get out and see what is going on in the world. I know some people that are compete “comfort zoners” that is a term I call a person who is absolutely unwilling to do new things, or try new things. I feel as though the inability to get out of the comfort zone is a product of upbringing, some parents baby their children way too long and basically allow them to run the show. My parenting theory has a twofold effect in comfort zoners, they are more likely to stay where their parents are which keeps them close to home, and they are used to being appeased so they will refuse anything they do not want. No matter your upbringing, it is beneficial to get out of your comfort zone. The best way to get to know the world is first hand, go out and see all the amazing things, and please leave the comfort zone at home.