Fall Rite of Passage: Apple Picking (+ Baking Apple Crisp)

It doesn’t matter if it’s 95 degrees or 65 degrees on the fall equinox – the prolific change of season indicates a right of passage for American citizens. For the basics, it means PSLs, leggings and Ugg boots. For the significant others of these basics, it means pumpkin beer and apple picking.

Parks Picks

Top 5: An Apple a Day…

As you all know, Apple announced the iPhone 5 yesterday. To say I’m an Apple fan is an understatement. The only reason I’m not counting down until pre-order is (1) my dad is an employee of AT&T, so I can’t actually pre-order it, and (2) I need to save money for my grad school class. (Oh yeah, I’m going to grad school. Guess I haven’t blogged in awhile!) However, the iPhone 5 is absolutely on my list of must-haves for 2012, and I will attempt to tell you why.

iPhone 5

(1) Presentation: Apple lovers and haters alike must agree, no company knows how to better showcase a product. Whether it’s the creative press conference invitations or the brilliant graphics and charts, Apple can draw a crowd. For those of us who were not lucky enough to attend, blogs such as Mashable had live coverage. Seriously, the phone rose up from the ground in a rock-star like viewing. I don’t see the latest Android phone doing that.

(2) Loyalty: Once you go Mac, you never go back. Seriously – I’ve been working on Apple computers since 2005, and I can’t imagine purchasing anything else. One of the biggest reasons Apple is so successful is because of their customer loyalty. Yes, products can cost an arm and a leg, but they are also made with quality to boot, as any Apple owner knows.

(3) Look: The iPhone is a thing of beauty. From it’s sleek curves to it’s textured back, it’s the Ferrari of cell phones.

(4) Panoramic Camera: OK – yes, Android phones have this. iPhones didn’t. Now it does.

(5) I’m Eligible for Upgrade: So why the hell WOULDN’T I get it?

Are you pre-ordering it? What features are you most excited for?


Picking the right Apple

It’s hard to believe that 35 years ago, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were just forming what as become one of the greatest companies of all time. In light of Steve Jobs passing, it’s only fitting to talk about how Apple has impacted my life, and the legacy Jobs has left in this technologically advanced world.

Like many girls, my infatuation with Apple started in the Harvard book store where Elle Woods, decked out in bunny gear picked up her orange MacBook. It was love.

I still wish they made that computer. Sadly, my parents didn’t think a 12-year-old needed a computer, so I was left to dream.

One day, my dad came home from work with an iPod shuffle. “Won this from a vendor. Do you want it?” The holy grail was in my hand. After loading it up full of *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, I couldn’t wait to increase my Apple collection.

I moved on to get an iPod nano for Christmas during high school, and then my senior year, I was finally able to pick up my MacBook 13inch, straight out of the j-school bundle. It came with an iPod video. #winning

FYI – this was my J 1000 class in Cornell Hall at the University of Missouri. I’ve got one of the black macs. Can you find me?

As I moved on into college, I found the need for a MacBook Pro. This was when my parents learned the magic behind Apple, as they took my old MacBook for themselves.

Oddly, I waited for the iPhone 4 before picking one up, however it was the greatest phone decision of my short cellular life. I could never go back to another.

Today I’ll make my next Apple purchase – an iPad 2. Somewhat for fun, somewhat for business, but 100 percent of loyalty to the brand.

Sure, Steve Jobs didn’t cure cancer. He didn’t end wars. But what he did was impact the lives of millions through technology. To me – that’s pretty damn cool.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

RIP Mr. Jobs.