I spend a lot of time with my devices, and I think it's fun to think about your setup and how it could be improved. Nothing is ever perfect, and I'm actually super happy with what I have now, but I wanted to write out a few thoughts about the products I'd like to purchase in the future when the time comes to upgrade.
My current computer is a late 2012 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display. I really like this computer. It has 8GB of ram, a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 128 GB of storage. It's sufficiently fast to run absolutely any software on it that I've ever tried.
I do a lot of graphic design for work and it easily runs Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign at the same time. The display is gorgeous (minus a dead pixel that I recently spotted on the left side of the panel) and I could never ever go back to a computer that doesn't have Retina resolution.
It's remarkable to me that this notebook is like 5 years old and it still runs so well. Unfortunately the SD card slot doesn't work anymore (I have to use a USB card reader which is a bit of a pain) but that's really the only thing wrong with it.
In addition to the laptop, my other main device is a gold 256 GB iPhone 7. Upgrading from a 6 Plus this phone is much faster and way more reliable. Also, after owning the Plus and now the normal sized phone, I do personally prefer the 4.7" screen. It's just a little easier to manage.
The iPhone 7 is an extremely high quality phone. It's crazy to me how good Apple has gotten at making iPhones over the last decade. It's pretty much waterproof so I'm not afraid to take it into the shower to listen to music or podcasts on a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker. I'm totally used to the new weird home "button". And I the new louder speakers are quite good.
Only downfall is the no headphone jack, as the times when you need it, not having it there is a little bit embarrassing. Like when you're riding in your friends car and they ask you to pick music on your phone, and you have no way to plug into their aux cord. Everyone always kind rolls their eyes and laughs when you say "sorry I have an iPhone 7"... but I digress. That's not that big of a deal. I understand how it's easier for Apple to get the anger out of people's systems now rather than later as they would have to drop the port eventually anyway.
So yeah, anyway. Right now all I have is a laptop and phone. It's a fine setup as my computer ages, I'm starting to think about what I would like to purchase as a replacement later on this year, or possibly in 2018.
I've been thinking hard about it, and I'm pretty sure that my next computer is going to be a 12" MacBook. The current model is a little bit outdated. As of today, the laptop hasn't been updated in 362 days, so it's likely that the laptop will have an update soon, or this year at least. Frankly, I'm exhausted of Apple's gold, rose gold, and space grey colours, so unless they release the computer in black 🙏🏼 I'm probably going to get the computer in classic silver.
The MacBook just seems like such a great little laptop. It's beautiful and super small, so I would be able to bring it everywhere and be excited to have it with me in my bag. I bring my computer to work every day, so the lighter machine would be an improvement. And then also I will be buying an external display to go along with the laptop. Right now, if I was to buy then I would get the LG UltraFine 4K monitor. I really enjoyed this article from The Verge about the experience of using the UltraFine 4K with a MacBook, and it kind of won me over. It seems like a great screen for what it is and it would be great to just come home, plop my laptop onto a stand and plug in one USB C cable and get back to work on a big 21" retina display. Gruber said that Apple is definitely working on a new external display, so ideally - I'd love to own that. But Apple's external displays are always so expensive. 🙄
It is possible that I could change my mind and get a MacBook Pro, but right now I'm definitely leaning towards the smaller computer.
I've owned a few iPads over the years. I was the first person I knew to own the original generation iPad and I've always just loved using iPads. I recently got rid of my iPad mini 2 because it was just, getting really slow and it was only 16 GB so it was basically useless anyway. I sold it to some dude who wanted to use it as a remote control for his new drone.
So I think I really want an iPad again, but this time I'm gonna go for the iPad Pro. My best friend has a 12.9" iPad Pro with the Pencil and yeah, that thing is tight. The upgraded speakers are really nice, and all the benefits of the Pro version make it worth the extra money. So I'm also saving up for that and I'm going to wait until the rumored Home button-less version comes out. I think it's smart to try and get the newest version of stuff like this as soon as it comes out.
This stuff is really expensive. I'm not gonna lie, this is a lot of money for me to buy this stuff. But it's possible for me to save up enough to buy all this gear. So the full list of products I want is as follows:
- MacBook - $1,999
- LG UltraFine 4K Monitor - $879.95
- 9.7" iPad Pro 256 GB - $1,049
- Apple Pencil - $129
In order to save this much, I'm going to have to really focus on saving money. I have a savings account set up specifically for this, so if I save $200 every two weeks, I should be able to afford this in a little over 11 months. Which is doable. I'm excited.
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