My First iPhone

With a Blog titled "Mac IT Help" you would figure I was one of those early adopters of all things Apple, and  you would be right, ... except when it comes to the iPhone.

My first Mac was the venerable Mac II color computer. Over time I worked my way through a PowerPC Mac 7100, Mac 7500, the original iMac, a Power Mac G4 and G5, as well as multiple iPods. Today I have an iPod Touch, iPod Nano, an iPad 3, several Mac Laptops and my workhorse PowerMac, but before Sept 21 2012 I didn't have a personal iPhone.

The company I work for provides a cell phone for business and personal use so to save a few bucks my daily use cell phone is a Blackberry. But that changed when the iPhone 5 was announced. I took the plunge, this week I decided to join the enlightened and buy an iPhone 5 for myself and upgrade my wife to the latest and greatest as well.

My decision wasn't made in haste, I thought about it for almost a full 5 seconds before I figured out I needed Apple's latest and greatest. It was time to treat myself to a personal phone that didn't suck.

It's kind of a pain to carry 2 phones during work hours but after playing with my new phone I've come to the conclusion it's worth it. This new Apple phone is a masterpiece of engineering and work of art.

Over the next few weeks I plan on publishing several iPhone centric blog posts but for now I'm going to go play with my new toy.


Bellevue Apple Store Grand Opening

Today was the grand opening of the new Bellevue Square Apple Store and the new location is gorgeous!!!

The whole front wall is glass and the store is about 4 times as large as the old one. The crowd gathered well before the 9:30AM opening and when they officially opened the store everyone rushed to grab a free t-shirt and look at all the great products. 


The layout inside the new store includes areas for each of the major products and accessories.

The sales associates were out in force helping people spend their money.

The new store also has a lot more space dedicated to Personal Setup and a much larger Genius Bar

A little poking around revealed that each of the rectangles on the Genius Bar wall (see picture above) is actually a drawer filled with cords, parts and paperwork. A nice way to keep things tidy.

 Another great feature of the store is the large skylight in the center. It gives the store a wide open feel, and in the normally dreary Northwest rain, will offer much needed exposure to sunlight, even if it's filtered through clouds.

If you have a chance to visit Bellevue I highly recommend you include a stop in the Bellevue Square Apple Store.