Apple products are like boobs

Posted on 06 October 2011

You just know what to do with them. Steve Jobs created products that reflected his life philosophy — he did what felt right.

By Apple Slut

You know you want one. Photo: Rutger de Moddertukker

I held my first Apple product in 2006 – I was a late bloomer. It was a 2GB iPod shuffle, light shiny green, and had a smiley face engraved at the back. It was a valentine’s day present from my first boyfriend.

Years later, I was to receive another handheld music device from the fruit company – an iPod nano – from the current boyfriend. 8GB worth of songs with a touch screen responsive enough that I can switch songs while biking to work and light enough to hold while I’m running with it.

My nickname (only to a close few who get to see all my Apple shit) in University was the Apple Slut. Ok, actually I picked that name and forced everyone to call me that.

But it makes sense. I now have an iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPhone and a half-dead macbook air and a macbook pro.

There’s something about Apple products that’s instinctive. Almost like a pair of boobs – you see it and rightaway, you almost innately know what to do with them.

The world’s already established that Apple makes awesome shit so I’m not going to wax too lyrical about them. But I do want to talk about Apple and instinct.

Apple products are a reflection of Steve Jobs’ personality. At his 2005 Harvard Commencement speech which is now going viral, he said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

A long time ago, people didn’t believe that good typography was important to a good computer product. Steve Jobs with his eye for design did, ignored all the clunky PCs out there, and designed an interface so elegant that Microsoft copied it. Or so he claims.

A long time ago, no one believed that minimality was the way to go. Laptops were downsized computers, sure. But only Steve Jobs believed you had to make it fucking chio (pretty, in Singlish) and user-friendly in order for the product to take off.

Basically he told everyone to go fuck themselves and then owned them, like a boss.

Likewise in his personal life, he dropped out of college because it was too expensive and too uninteresting. He never saw the value in sitting through a class that didn’t appeal to him, or if information wasn’t getting in. He created his first company with another buddy called Steve out from a garage.

Right after finishing up my last essay in University (on a Mac), I began typing out my CVs. Like most other NUS arts and social sciences graduates, society told us to find a proper job with a stable pay, work hard, save money and hopefully eventually buy a flat to settle down.

I sent out my resume to a few government agencies and then decided to fuck it. Mainly because I wouldn’t be allowed to blog if I did join the dark side. And most government agencies don’t use Macs in office.

Steve Jobs lived his life rarely regretting what he did and enjoying or learning for most of it. He set up his company, got fired, got rehired, created the single-handedly best music device in the world and convinced the world they needed tablets.

On a much smaller scale, I avoided the easiest employment option the best I could and got rewarded with job in an industry that I truly love. Private sector obviously.

Not that it’s a valid comparison but I do try to live life with a philosophy that Jobs followed almost religiously. I’ll end this piece with a quote from that same speech:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

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  • ROFL

    I bet Terence is Apple Slut. haha. Only guys write like that. 

    • Terence Lee

      hahaha don’t stereotype leh.