When I was a kid I made wish lists when the Sears catalog came. I grew up in the Star Wars Kenner action figure era (the first one) and my wish lists were basically just lists of Star Wars toys. Not the ones I wanted, all of them. Because you wanted all of them. For the first time in a few years, I once again have an Apple wish list. There are multiple times a year you can make an Apple wish list (you can theoretically do it at any time but if they’re actually going to announce new things, you have to wait until an event). Today was WWDC, which—outside the Mac Pro (not on my wish list because I’d rather have buy a boat or whatever you can get for eleven grand cash)—is all software. Except this new software only runs on the certain devices. It’s not the latest greatest. Despite my general feeling Tim Cook is way too greedy to be Apple’s CEO, their new software tends to bring new features and functionality to older devices.
For example, I’ll be able to update my broken screen iPhone 6s to iOS 13; guess Apple’s not worried about bad luck. But my iPad Air (1)? It’s done. My MacBook Air I can update. The iMac I’m hacking to run Mojave… well, I’m not sure it’ll take Catalina. And even if it did take Catalina with a hack, it wouldn’t be able to run certain apps. For example, it can’t run any modern photo or video apps because it doesn’t have a Metal-ready chip.
But the laptop should be able to handle any of that processing. I just need to remember to have it nearby when I need to AI-enlarge an image or, at least after today, run Waterlogue for Mac.
The MacBook Air’s got some problems too—low memory because I never intended it to be do a lot, just be a word processor. It’s got 4 GB of RAM. It’s a (very thin, very light) mule.
I don’t have a laptop on my new wish list though. In fact, my wish list hasn’t really changed. I mean, I’m thinking if Catalina is awesome (meaning the iOS to MacOS apps change things), I’ll want a new desktop sooner but still calendar year 2020. The iPhones are still fingers crossed for a good fall update. The iPad… well, 2021, maybe.
Some podcast I heard floated the idea of an Apple subscription service where you paid X a month for services and hardware. I like that idea. Because the latest and greatest is, at least this year, seemingly pretty great. Of course, since the Apple news community had the idea, it means at least ten for Apple to adopt it.