1. Although I covered the new Mac computers and iPad Pro at length in a blog post for my Apple clients on 11/1 (https://theacronym.com/2018/11/01/recap-of-apples-brooklyn-event/) I wanted to make everyone aware of these new models. Apple has a new Mac Mini desktop that starts at $799, a Mac Book Air laptop that starts at $1199. If you’re frustrated with Windows and want to go Mac, these are your points of entry. The iPad Pro is an interesting device. It has as much or even more raw power than almost any personal computer out there. It’s extremely portable. Apple even sells a magnetic keyboard that makes it like a laptop. With the keyboard, it will cost at least $1000. For some it could become a primary computer. For others, the iPad Pro may represent a strong secondary device. If you can learn to play within its rules, it’s a much simpler device than a desktop Windows or Mac environment. Don’t forget the regular iPad @ $329. It is the best value in the Apple family.
2. With all of this Apple excitement, I don’t want to leave out the Windows world. New models are out as well. If you want something like an iPad Pro, that still runs a full version of Windows — look no further than the new Microsoft Surface 6. With Windows systems, I will always go back to my clubhouse leaders. For a premium product, you can’t go wrong with the Dell Latitude 5000/7000 laptop, Lenovo Thinkpad T480, or Thinkpad X1 Carbon. These are systems built to last. In terms of desktops, I am still a fan of the Dell Optiplex and Lenovo Think Centre systems. Most of these computers are custom orders and not found in stores. Occasionally, I do go on a shopping trip with a client at a big box store and last week there was such an occasion that arose. I didn’t want to pull just anything off the shelf. At about $500, this HP desktop met my standards. It looks good on the desk and there was only one junk program that I had to remove. It is a great option for the budget conscious. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-desktop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-128gb-solid-state-drive-hp-finish-in-natural-silver/6290502.p?skuId=6290502
3. Resisting Technology
I know that some of you are hesitant to embrace new technologies offered by the devices you own. One that I don’t think you should avoid is Apple Pay (or for those of you with Android phones that support it, Android Pay). Adding your credit or debit card to the Wallet on your iPhone costs you nothing and takes only about 5 minutes to set up for one card, if that. Stores like Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Stop and Shop, Best Buy, Costco, Macy’s and thousands more will allow you to pay by tapping your phone. Why should you do it? If you would already pay with a card, using Apple Pay helps prevent identity theft. The store never gets your 16 digit card number. It gets a very long, randomized string of numbers. If a particular store suffers a massive breach, like Target or Home Depot did a few years back, you will be in the driver seat. The super secure card number you used via Apple Pay cannot come back to zap you. Your Apple Pay device generates a dynamic security code for each transaction. I use Apple Pay whenever I can. Check out the Wallet app on your iPhone if you’ve never looked at it.