Sunday, November 1, 2009

New iMac 21.5" and Apple Store Experience

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have been using a Macintosh computer since the late 80's.  I love it.  Just something great about the innovations and the revolutionary enhancements that Apple has made to the computer industry in general.  They, as most companies do, have their great poignant moments inter-mixed with their dark times.  The Scully era or the Amelio era. Pick which one and you are probably sitting on one side of the fence or the other as a Mac historian. 

This is not the reason for my posting today.  Today, I have replaced my Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz iMac with the new iMac 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo system.  State of the art in Macintosh technology.  Why?  Several reasons, the biggest being that I had need for the more horsepower, RAM upgrades for my new Photoshop CS4 work. 

So I made the journey down to the local Apple Store and walked into what can only be described as a packed kiosk full of pre-pubescent windows shoppers and iPod toting persons.  I walked over the iMac display, looked at the new model and decided that it would fit fairly well on my desk.  My kids gravitated towards the iPods and iTouches and played with them.  I followed suit, shortly thereafter, and was greeted by an Apple representative, who could not have been more than 22 years of age?!

Apple Rep: Hi Sir, Can I help you with anything today?
Me: Why yes, I want to pick up your new 21" iMac
Apple Rep: Oh, you mean the 21.5" iMac

NOTE:  Never-ever correct the customer, especially on something so inane or bullshit-worthy as one half a fucking inch

Me: Yes, that is the one

We then talked about which model of the 21.5 inch iMac I wanted.  He retired to the back to search for one in his inventory and I meanwhile fumed at the audacity of the twenty-somethings technical ability.  He returned with my prize and I informed him that I would be seeking my educator discount as I am in the employ of a local school in Almaden Area (of which I will leave nameless here).  He said that this was great and informed me that he thought the benefit would be $50.00 and I informed him that I thought it was $100.00 (of which I already researched a dozen times over).

Ultimately, I won out and left with my new Aluminum prize lugged between me and my kids and quickly set it up at home, ripping out my old system (of which I will put up on Craigslist, to offset this purchase).

I type upon it now.  It is a smaller screen, as I was typing on a 27" Dell Monitor, but the colors are richer and clearer and it isn't so imposing upon my desk.  The Magic Mouse is also pretty cool - I will blog about that later!

Cheers!
Bill

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