For the last two weeks I’ve been in the south of France—at first alone and then with friends. I brought plenty of clothes, but my carry-ons were most filled with electronics—netbook, digital camera, converter, chargers and one essential device I never leave behind—my iPhone.
Luckily, the French love wifi and everywhere I stayed I was able to access the internet on my iPhone and netbook. Practically, however, the iPhone was my device of choice for everything except writing and posting here. Every day I video conferenced with my husband in Houston iPhone-to-iPhone via SKYPE. We could see each other, I gave him tours of our digs, and our entire group could join in on the visit. And it was FREE!! Yep. No charge at all.
I checked and responded to email—personal and work, checked and uploaded photos to Facebook, listened to music on house sound system, watched video clips, checked the weather, planned travel routes, proved points in trivia discussions and checked flight status.
Yesterday at St. Paul de Vence I heard and older American man comment to his friend as I took a photo on my iphone that he was surprised at how many “young people” used them in place of a camera. At that moment I had my Nikon digital in my bag and admitted my iPhone had better resolution than my older camera. I didn’t add, I could also directly upload to Facebook on the iPhone and had to download the camera pics first.
Okay, so this isn’t much a of tribute to a man who made a huge difference in the lives of so many people. But I am continually awed and grateful for Steve Jobs and the vision that changed the way I live my day to day life is so many ways! Thanks, Mr. J. You were one of the great geniuses of our time!