MacBook Pro.

In the middle of 2013, I bought a MacBook Air from Apple.

From the first time I lifted its lid, I fell in love with this fantastic laptop. It was fast, had everything I needed to get through my workday, and was super light. By far, it was the best laptop I ever owned.

I remember the time when the late Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air by pulling it out of a yellow manila envelope. The Air was thin and light and small enough not to require a lot of table space in Starbucks.

Sadly, all good tech things reach the end of their shelf life, or at least in my case, the battery stopped working correctly. The Air would charge, but it wasn’t able to hold a charge long enough for me to use it without it being near a plug. I shed no tears, but my heart was hurt.

I knew this day would come. I planned for it, saving money to upgrade to the next best thing that would allow for another four or five years worth of productivity and fun. Initially, the Google Pixelbook caught my eye – it looks like a fantastic product with its thinness and screen that flips around, that pen you can use to write on the screen, and an amazing amount of RAM and hard drive space would make this a great longterm computer option for me.

But …

My digital life is in Apple products. I thought about it last night:

  • I have a subscription to iCloud Storage. Since I use iCloud for work files and photos and stuff, I ran out of room very quickly. The monthly one buck fee is great – all my photos and files are in one place. OK, my photos are also backed up to Google Photos, so theoretically I could delete the photos in iCloud and save the twelve bucks a year. However, it is for convenience I pay that subscription fee.
  • Apple Music, I love it. I have an annual subscription. All my music is on iTunes, and I stream a lot from the service.
  • Apple Watch – I can’t take it off. My initial reason for getting one was my doctor – she told me I had to get one – but now I can’t be without it. The product is amazing and does help with my health, getting me up moving and exercising and drinking water, etc.
  • Apple TV – there is nothing better in providing internet-based entertainment. And don’t say that I should get a Roku. Please – the Roku is OK, but every app I’ve used is ridiculously laid out, making me frustrated trying to find something to watch. With Apple TV, click on NHL.TV, it opens to the game list, click and go.  Boom.
  • iMac – from which I am typing this post. It has a 21.5-inch screen, a fast processor, and it just works.
  • iPad Pro, the original one. Even a couple of years old, this thing is a beast – it does everything I want a tablet to do. I like Apple News and every news app I use, especially the New York Post. It is a wonderful entertainment consumption machine. Professionally, I have all of my pastoral care books and notes available, and with Apple Pencil, I write notes when needed. And to go against the marketing of the iPad: The whole iPad can replace a laptop … no, it can’t.

Thus I conclude my story: I bought a MacBook Pro. It is the 13 inch one, and it doesn’t have that flashy touch bar across the top. It is a portable work machine that I use when I am not sitting in front of the iMac. I’ll use it in church and on the road when the iPad is not feasible.

And yes, the photo that accompanies this post is the picture of the new MacBook Pro. And the desktop photo of the sunflower – I took that photo on Saturday at church.

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