I have an iPhone 4S, the new iPad, and MacBook Pro 13″. A lot of people label us as “the fanboy” because they have no idea why we support and love Apple products this much. They never try to realise and respect other people’s needs and preferences. Who are they to judge how we spend our money on which products?! So today, I’m going to tell you why!
1. Sleek and beautiful design!
Undeniable, all Apple products have the most beautiful design! The most obvious reason why we love Apple! Simple, sleek and beautiful design! Just look at the iPhone 5! Isn’t it classy and stunning?
2. Quality and Services!
Again, undeniable Apple products all comes with quality! Just look at the desktop and laptop on the market nowadays. Averagely they only can lasted for 2 years before they have hardware issues. Apple products may limit you from accessing the internal part, adding additional hardware and stuff, however, sometimes flexible customisation isn’t a good thing. The more flexible it gets, the higher chances that the device may be destroyed easily. This you can ask any computer services shops as they gotta deal with the faulty units everyday. People like to use the cheapest price to get A LOT of features. Consequences, short lifespan of your device. Limit the flexibility helps Apple control their products quality and ensure their products is at the highest performance as long as it can goes. When all the things get under control, thus servicing customers will be very much easy and a happy job to do. So, undeniable, Apple provides best services compare to all other competitors.
3. Best user experiences!
As an ex-windows user, I used to worry a lot of complicated settings. I have to go through the command prompt for quite a lot of occasions. This has been quite a difficult task for me before I went into IT line studies. Not to mention, during that time Internet wasn’t as common as today, Google search wasn’t as powerful as today. Not only the complex settings, but also need to worry about Virus, Spyware, Trojan Horse bla bla bla.. Choosing an anti-virus software became a difficult task. If u install a very efficient and powerful anti-virus software, it’s gonna consume incredibly ridiculously a lot of memory! Lagging and hanging your system very frequently! When unfortunately, you got caught by the virus or spyware, you have to reformat the computer (that’s the only way for normal users). So I learned how to format Windows XP as well, and reinstalling all the drivers were nightmares. What if you lost the installation CDs? Re-searching drivers online is easy for the pros, but not the normal users, how do you differentiate which is the correct one which isn’t? Not to mention the reliability of the source!
I’m a Degree Computer Science graduated. A lot of times, we have to deal with the softwares and setup of the windows to do the programming work. Thus, forced me to learn and understand the complexity of the system. Time after time, also I learn how to surf the web carefully without getting myself on the ‘Virus’ situation because of the troublesome anti-virus.
With Apple, non of these problems existed. Mac OS never wanted their user to concern about the things they shouldn’t be concerning. Normal light users can use the system comfortably, and the pros can also do some complex advance usage as well. These two types of users can be separated easily. We don’t have to worry about viruses or spyware. We can finally surf the net without worries.
As for the iOS, the same concept applied. Users do not have to concern about the things they shouldn’t be concerning. For example, I read in some forums where they complained Android to be laggy and hang all the time, their solution is they have to open the settings or so (I’m not so sure where to do that), and kill the app that operates at the back. Er.. Ok, that sounds technical for me. For the pros they have no problems, how about for the light users?
Although, the customisation settings for iOS are limited, but those that REALLY affecting user experiences can be customised. Name one customisation that REALLY matters for the mobile operation system that isn’t existed in iOS. I can’t think of any. However I read some that pointed out the points they think that it matters:
Custom widgets on home screen – I don’t get why do you need that, for me, opening the apps to see the details aren’t troublesome. Plus, the last thing you need is something that will consume your RAM and battery life of your device. This is why the Android system isn’t as smooth as the iOS, and this is why the Samsung need quad core to smooth the OS. When they use quad core, what does it means? More power is needed! This is why they make the S3 BIG because they need to fit in a BIG battery to support the quad core! So when you comes to conclusion…. what’s the point? why the trouble? The iPhone 5 only have dual core and the performance and smoothness is even better than the so-called quad core device! Windows Vista have widgets on the left hand side of the desktop, look how it ended up now…
Third-party software keyboards – Er…. why do you need that if iOS already offered you the easy to use keyboard for any languages? Plus, they comes with dictation now. Counter me in the comment area please.
Attach any files you want to your email – Ok, this may sounds nice. However, if you have one, let’s be honest. If Apple let you access your phone internal memory with the folders and directories, I think it would be troublesome. Unlike on the computer, where you have a screen large enough to search hundreds of files, if you have hundreds of files and folders in your phone, do you really wanna do go through the search before you attached it in your email? Why not just go to the app itself and send it with email directly? For example, you want to send a word processing file, go to the word app, and click the share button there to send. Isn’t that easier to find your files where you know exactly where your file is located?
Haptic feedback – Some people said they want vibration while typing, again the last thing you need is something that will consume your battery life of your device. Plus, if you really eager for responses, turn on the ‘clicking’ sound of the keyboard. (I personally tried with the ‘clicking’ sound I found that consume battery too)
Pen support – Er… OK, what is better than your finger which attached to your body all the time? I have big fingers, I have no trouble typing with my thumb only with one hand. If you really need a pen, get a stylus.. DUH!
One of the most important reason I love Apple products is the user experiences. Apple focus a lot here with details on user conveniency. Technical customisation is not a must for me.
For user like me, I have most of the devices, iPhone, iPad and the Mac. So iCloud is really really really convenience for me. I have my contacts in my iPhone, iPad and my Mac all magically synchronise. I don’t need to rely on my phone to search my contact list. I lost my phone, they’re still in my iPad and my Mac. I lost all my devices! Easily retrieve at www.icloud.com . I make changes of my contact in my phone, all contacts updated across all my devices.
I took photos on my phone, minutes later, they’re in my iPad and Mac. I don’t need cable to transfer my photos. And now in the new iOS 6, I can even share my photo stream with my friends with iOS devices. Sending photos in Whatsapp or iMessage lost the photo quality, they compress your photos. I can send photos to other iOS device with a lot of apps via wifi or bluetooth. Why you need the S beam? You have to touch your phones together, this remind me of infra-red photo transfer back at the Nokia era.
Above are the features that really matters to me with the iCloud service. Of course they still support document in the cloud, music in the cloud and etc. But I seldom use that services as today I seldom do word processing work.
5. Data, Information, Backup Reliability
One of the features that I most proud of is.. If you use Apple products, you do not need to worry about backing up your data, files or information. For example, if I upgrade my iPhone 4S today to iPhone 5, I have my phone backup in my iTunes safely, when I purchase iPhone 5, just restore my backup to my new phone and I have exactly the same settings, data, files and information in my new iPhone.
Now, even if you never sync your device with your iTunes, you can backup your phone to iCloud. Even if you never backup your phone to iCloud, important information like your contacts, still in the cloud and you can sync to your new device with one tab. Re-download your app to your new iPhone never been easier with the “Purchased” tab in the App Store. You don’t need to search the app from the large database to re-download the app. I never have to worry about losing my data in any condition. This is the most useful features I found in the Apple products.
6. Find my iPhone!
This is one of the most important features! You lost your iPhone, iPad or your Mac laptop? Easily search the location and find your devices! Unless you don’t care about losing your devices 😛
7. Music Synchronisation
Some people found this feature troublesome, I found this useful. Yes, you might need a computer and iTunes player to do so, but if you really start using it, you can understand why Apple did this. With this feature, you just need to manage your music library at one place, your computer. iTunes automatically arrange and manage your songs in your directory base on artists and albums.
Before I start using iTunes on my old PC computer, I used to rename and organising my songs manually. Creating folders and folders to separate my songs is not the best solution because when I need to play all the songs I can’t. Put all the songs together in 1 folder easy for me when I need to PLAY ALL, but difficult to search! Renaming the mp3 file doesn’t mean renaming the song name that display in music player. It required double effort on managing your directory! Nightmares!
With iTunes you just need to do once and that’s it. I realise most Apple lovers have a little bit OCD, for me, I can’t stand my songs have incomplete information and lacking album artwork! XD iTunes is the best solution for me in managing my music directories with complete full information plus album artwork!
When you sync music to your devices, create the playlist once, and you have it all same in all your devices. Now, Apple enable the wifi-sync feature, it gets even easier! I don’t need cable to sync my music library!
Basically, these are the top 7 reason why I love Apple. I do not support something blindly, hence I found labelling me as “Apple Fanboy” offending. I have my reason, I have my preferences. You have no right to judge or put label on other people with your own point of view.
For me, technical customisation is not my requirement and my needs, if it is yours, of course you just choose the platform that suit you the best.
As for those who put label on other people, when you point 1 finger on the others, you have 4 fingers pointing back at yourself, Samsung fanboy or Android fanboy.