New Apple Products!

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Rob Sheppard photographing along the Tellico River in the Cherokee NF, TN (taking with my iPhone and edited on my MacPro)

Well, besides the new iPhone 5S (which I haven’t gotten yet), Apple just introduced a bunch of new products and their new operating system. To give you some background about my experience with computers, I started out with an Amiga at home and then programmed in Basic and Fortran on a mainframe (for the first 2 years in college with cards). I then converted Basic to MicroBasic for the RadioShack TRS80 (or, as we called them, the Trash 80s). From there I was on a PC system since 1982 with DOS and then Windows until 2007 when I went to a MacBookPro for my traveling/ teaching computer. Since then I have acquired a MacPro, an iMac (that my boys and now Rebecca use), numerous iPods and an iPhone. So I have converted to Mac and have never been happier.

So why a blog post on new Apple products? Well, the big introduction is the new OS (Operating System), OS X Mavericks. There are a lot of new and improved features, but the biggest one I want everyone to now about is the introduction of iBooks to all Macs. Previously, iBooks was just on the iPad (and, I guess iPhone, but I never read books on my phone). So everyone that upgrades can now have access to the iBookStore and download books to read.. Why am I big on this? Well, I already have one book on the iBookstore  Areas Overlooked East Tennessee Wilderness: A Taste , and for other, non iPad users, to be able to download this book is huge for me.

Why the big deal, it’s just a book, right? Well, in a word, no! My book and several of my friends (like Rob Sheppard) have started doing enhanced iBooks with video, sound, galleries of pictures and interactive maps. If you convert this to a PDF, then you loose all the interactivity.

So, if you are on a Mac, look and see if your computer is compatible with the new OSX Mavericks. Looking at the list, if your computer is less than 6 years old, it probably is compatible. And, guess what, it’s FREE. And no jokes from the Windows Peanut gallery about you get what you pay for!

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