A friend of mine once told me while negotiating the purchase of a house, that his real estate company will be called “Tom Petty Real Estate” because The Waiting Is The Hardest Part. And he was damn right. Not that I am speaking about a real estate purchase. Oh no dear reader, oh no. What I am speaking about is The New iPhone.
I’ve resisted the smart phone for a long time. Perhaps too long. Yes, I still know how to get places based on memory, or direction based intuition, but how am I going to upload pics to facebook while on the go? How will I check in at Stumptown enough times to become THE SUPREME MAYOR OF ALL TIME? Eh?? There are many legit concerns, which you can locate elsewhere on the Internet, we all know smart phones are nearly essential to life.
But the question is, do we wait it out? When is the time to pull the trigger? Gadgets just freak me out, man! Lets relate this to something related to my usual repertoire. Recording equipment.
A few years back, I made a well documented move away from the mothership of Pro Tools, over to the confusing free-for-all software based clusterfuck that is Logic. I made this move based on hardware concerns, just before Digidesign became known as Avid, and did away with their proprietary hardware model and opened it up to all. Yeah. Timing! Anyway, I made a fantastic purchase of an Apogee Rosetta 800 for all conversion, and was satisfied for a few years.
This satisfaction is now beginning to wain. Apogee did away with the rosetta 800, as well as the Symphony Mobile System I purchased to integrate it. Apple will most likely do away with PCI slots on laptops, and this will cause a few problems. This all goes along with the concern that apple is making its “Pro” gear decidedly less “Pro”. Yes, we all have the hope of Thunderbolt to resolve all these issues, but that appears to be a few years off.
This has me thinking…what an incredible and shitty gamble buying any piece of equipment is in this age we live in. At any point, a manufacturer can discontinue a product, stop creating updates, and cease all support. I emailed Apogee about this specific issue (of whether the rosetta or symphony mobile would be able to work with future Apogee products, and the response was
We don’t really have any plans to upgrade any of our discontinued models
So the question is, will I have a several thousand dollar brick on my hands in a few years? There is no long term guarantee anything will be supported a few years down the line. The line between the present and future of technology is a strange blurry one. People are still using Instruments, Amplifiers, Effects Devices and many other instrument related things from the long distant past. Sometimes exclusively. These devices were all inter-connect-able regardless of the manufacturer, and usable for an infinite amount of time.
Technology of this type carried weight. Heft if you will. Like Taft. Well, it just souns like Taft. And he was a heavy guy. Yeah. The point is, are current devices completely disposable? Is there anything made today that will be heralded for its quality and cherished for years to come? Or are we better off buying the quickest and easiest, waiting for it to become obsolete, and re-buy.
We all love the Prius, but you know that thing is going to explode into flames in 15 years. Then again, maybe I’m completely wrong, Toyota is not the American car manufacturers of the 1970’s who designed cars to turn into giant robotic grizzly bears while exploding mid air at every yellow traffic light they encounter. (statement based on 100% fact)
My point here? I’m likely going to buy the iPhone 4, even if the Wall St Journal reports the new one will be super awesome looking and have a better camera. I just can’t take the waiting anymore kids. As soon as the iPhone 5 hits, the 6 is gonna be THE BEST THING EVER. It’s so easy to get caught in this cycle of perpetually waiting for the next to come along. I’m breaking it. Deal with it.