Apple is Big Brother

I had to laugh when I looked at the table and saw our apple line up. Hailey and Karlie got itouches for Christmas and I got an iphone in October as an early Christmas present. Max I couldn't wait to finally get one. While Max has been singing Apple's praises forever, I had not fully jumped on the bandwagon. Sure our iMac was incredible and seemed more user friendly than the PCs I had used in school, but the iphone was just a fancy phone. Wrong. I didn't think a phone could transform one's life.
They truly are incredible devices that make life easier. I love that I can find an answer to anything anywhere. Just google it and answer found. Who needs to remember history facts. With the phone I can look up anything. Having a personal navigation system with me at all times is invaluable. I am lost soul for sure and this has helped me numerous times. When I go for a run, it talks to me and tells me my speed and how far I have gone. I can listen to Pandora as I walk to get the kids at the bus stop. I love all the apps that can help me decide if the shirt is really as good of a deal as I think or help me name that song. While many of the apps are silly or not needed for life, they make it more easy, amusing and just better.

The calendar system has transformed Max. The phone is forever giving him a little prompt of a meeting coming up or one of the kids' activities. I now have instant access to his schedule. No more, "Oh, I didn't tell you I was leaving out of town for a week on Monday?" That aspect in itself has earned the iphone a special spot in my heart. The calendar syncs with everything, so with just a touch, it is put in for me and his secretary to see. Fabulous!

Communicating with family has become so easy. We were forever thinking, aww, it would be so great to share this moment with Pops and Nana. Now with just a quick picture and a text, they are included in that moment. Hailey loves video chatting with Anna too. It has made connecting so easy.

But enough with the praises. Basically you have an iphone and you wonder how you ever lived without one or you secretly covet one, but don't really understand how impressive they are. Just wait, you will be converted too whether you want to or not.

I read this week that 2011 is suppose to be the big break out year for the digital wallet. Apple is rumored to be rolling out a program to allow the iphone to be used as a credit or debit card. Yes, you will be able to waive your phone to buy that dress or cart of groceries instead of pulling out your plastic card. The author of the article was saying that soon plastic charge cards will be in the museum with vinyl records. They are expecting 2011 to be the year it all started.

Everyone loves a good conspiracy story, so here is mine. Apple is Big Brother. Even though it didn't start that way, that is what is happening. Just think. They have made the most seductive device. The phone that all the carriers want and that is setting record upon record for purchases. They will in time, take over the market. Apple has a large, devout following (including my husband) of die hard supporters. To them nothing beats an apple and apple can do no wrong.

Through the GPS, they constantly can monitor where you are. The face time feature could enable them to see you all the time. They already know your interests and pursuits by what you search for. This year, they will also have your money. As the technology age advances everyone will have to have a phone to make purchases. As medical records also go digital, they too will be connected through your phone. In time we will have a digital ID.

"There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."
- George Orwell (1984)

They will have made life so simple that everyone wants it and cannot function in society without one. They won't have to carve it into your wrist, you will gladly wait in line to get yours. Just as the apple was the downfall of mankind in the beginning, it shall once again be the bite we just can't resist. I can see the operating system now: OS Serpent 6!
"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better."
George Orwell (1984)

With the government bailing out companies left and right, it is not impossible to see a merger between the two. Who knows, Apple may need to bail out Uncle Sam. Then Big Brother will be there to protect you. Protect your information. Protect your way of life.

"To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle."
George Orwell

You heard it here first. LOL :)

5 comments:

Lacey said...

LOVE Apple!! I actually was reading about starbucks last week and how they will accept phone payment. So that is what I played around in the stock market with this week. Apples news was a big help!! Love Apple.

Technology is pretty crazy. As I was reading about near field communication this week, I came across an article that said phones will be able to diagnose diseases and illnesses someday.....really??? Guess time will tell. I bet someday we will be fingerprint paying... CRAZY STUFF!!

Anyway, I have been so engrossed in researching this technology this week...I had to smile when I opened your blog. We've been thinking about the same things. :P)

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