I’m not a typical longtime Apple fanboy. The first Apple product I owned was a black, 5th Generation iPod video bought in November of 2005. As a Windows user, I inevitably installed iTunes and fell in love with it’s all-in-one approach—a welcome change from managing thousands of music files and folders to accommodate WinAmp. It was also aesthetically pleasing even with the unavoidable Windows chrome. In fact, for months I had been fiddling with numerous “skinning” applications to avoid XP’s hideous UI and implement very Mac-like features such as a dock and top-aligned menubar. So when the first 20-inch Intel Core Duo iMacs were announced in Janurary of 2006, I ordered one immediately. It was the first life-changing moment courtesy of Apple. My love for computers and technology in general was validated the minute I booted into OS X Tiger for the first time. Here was a tool—wonderfully designed and insanely functional—which happened to be the antithesis of everything I despised about using a Windows PC.
In the time since, I’ve owned another iMac, a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, every version of the iPhone besides the 3GS, four iPods, an iPad, a 24-inch LED Cinema Display, a Time Capsule, two Airport Expresses, two Airport Extremes, an AppleTV and various peripheral devices. Every one of them has been the best device I’ve ever used. They work, they’re beautiful and I never felt like I was being sold things that should meet my needs; I knew they would.
By the beginning of 2010 I had figured out that the career I had just wasn’t what I wanted for a number of reasons. Steve Jobs taught me the importance of loving what you do and since hearing those words it was obvious I definitely needed to make some changes. Apple products and the wonderful applications developed for them had become such a huge component of my everyday life in a way that made me realize Steve’s genius: making technology work for the user and not the other way around. I loved this concept and felt it complemented my skills and goals perfectly. But up until then, writing code and programming had been a hobby I wished I could devote more time to. So I resigned from my job and concentrated on finishing my degree all while moving towards becoming proficient with the tools Apple has given us to make great pieces of software: Objective-C and Cocoa.
It sounds hokey, but I couldn’t have made such a monumental decision without hearing that commencement speech and truly believing in the man that delivered it.