“Computers, why I prefer the Apple tree” @thechadcolby #colbyagtech

By Chad Colby

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Not 100% sure where to start here so I will tell my Apple story.  Back in the day, so early/mid 80’s after we all went down Commodore 64 road, I stepped in PC based computer systems.

Actually began a long relationship with local computer shop (who just closed in last few years).  Wow was it fun, along with farming Lou taught me so much about how you go about the operation of a computer system and honestly I was hooked.

From then on I was always building and using the latest in computer technology.  Even back then I remember on of our neighbors who had one of the 1st Apples I was really impressed.  But until 2006 (yes 2006) you could not put windows on Apple systems.   So there were LOTS of limits simply due to operation system.    Gamer computer operator users actually prefer PC based systems largely due to the amount of recreational software available for PC’s.  Simple stated there was just MORE software for PC systems.

There are several other reasons, lots of conversation is about security of Apple systems.  This quote says is perfectly  “a Mac owner who runs no security software is vastly less likely to be the victim of a successful attack than a Windows user who’s protected up to his eyeballs” [source: McCracken].

So more about my road to the Apple tree….   back in July 2007 was the date it began.   That is when the 1st iPhone came out.  I was working out west and remember driving 90 miles to get my NEW phone and have had the newest largest size iPhone since that they came out.

Wasn’t long to long after iPhone when I bought my 1st MacBook and the main reason was for video & photo editing.  It was an easy decision and to get the good stuff it’s pricey.  I paid nearly 2K for my system and you could by LOTS with PC laptop.   BUT I have never looked back.   In fact I sold my old system in Dec of 13 for $500 even and it’s still going today.   I replaced it will a completely LOADED MacBook 13.3″ in fall of 2013.

Next place on the Apple tree for me was the launch of the iPad in April of 2010, and ever since I had them all.  They are amazing tools at are literally used in ANY way you can you think.   Today there are over 850,000 apps, unlimited uses.  

Fun has continued, on with the desktop computers, iMac, had 21″, loaded 27″ and recently the new Big Guy 27″ 5K…. I have one word for you, just awesome even after one year it feels brand new.   They just released a new Magic Trackpad 2 and it's very impressive. 

The best buying tip for purchasing an Apple product, very simple.  BUY all the options, meaning largest amount of RAM, biggest hard drive, etc.  Why?  Because you WILL keep these systems longer than normal. 

Here’s breakdown of the iron in the stable now:

Phone: iPhone 6s + 128gb ~ Great new phone, the 3D touch screen and improved cameras are really a big upgrades. 

Watch: Apple Watch 42mm ~ Really enjoyed this new tool, real extension of your phone.  Lot of apps now taking advantage of the watch. 


  • iPad Air 2 128gb ~ had them all literally, and this new one tops them all wow.  Used 90% when mobile.
  • Ipad Mini 3, 128gb ~ Great size for using it for FPV during UAV work, seem to have some performance differences from iPad Air 2.  Just released the iPad 4, and that is EXACTLY the same as the iPad Air 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 7", this machine is used due to no IOS app for DroneDeploy.  Works great.   

iMac 27″ ~  5K screen is amazing.  Use this in my work office to handle all video/photo work.  Plus it’s fully setup with Microsoft Office (they all are).   This was ordered with ALL options, and continues to be a great ship a year in service. 

MacBook 13.3 Pro ~ (working on it now & it gets used the most) It’s the machine I used when I need performance in the field and at home.  Just about two years old and will most likely be next machine to get upgraded.  

What's next?

Next purchase will most likely be a NEW MacBook Pro 13.3"  Current notebook is 2.8 GHz Intel i7, 8gb ram, 500 GB flash drive, replacement would be 3.1 GHz Intel i7, 16gb ram, 1TB flash drive, new features Force Touch trackpad and improved graphics capabilities.   

Also being released very soon is the all NEW iPad Air Pro, and this tablet is the REAL deal.  Not sure if I will buy one right away like I normally do.  It does show the future features of the next generation of iPads.  Yes this one is BIG 12.9" but it also has LOTS of new tech:

  • 1.8x CPU Performance (A9X) of iPad Air 2
  • 2x the graphics performance of iPad Air 2
  • 5.6 million pixels, highest-resolution Retina display of ANY iOS device
  • Reengineered Multi-touch subsystem 
  • Apple Pencil 

All systems are synced together with email, notes, calendar, etc.  and today more that ever things just work.  Seriously no weird blue screen issues, updates, etc.

When you do your research, you will learn that Apple computer really are more reliable systems.  Other nice thing is they have released some models are more reasonable in price.

Other products I use:

Final Cut Pro X


Microsoft Office ~ Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel

Apple ~ Pages, Keynote, Numbers

Facetime, Hangout, Skype

Social Media ~ Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Linkedin, 

Upcoming will be post about all the apps I used on both tablets and iPhone.   

Online resource for latest in Apple info… www.macumors.com