I’ve been behind a computer keyboard since 1999.  What do you think of when you hear 1999?  For me, it’s Prince singing,  “We’re going to party like it’s 1999”.  Well, 1999 didn’t have applications like HootSuite, or dictation for iPad.

I actually dictated that into paragraph above on my new 3rd generation iPad.  OK, I’ll rephrase that and go with the politically-Apple-correct “new iPad”. See dictation in action by watching the video below (yes I know I sound just like Prince when singing “We’re going to party like it’s 1999”):

Notice how Apple even correctly spelled “HootSuite” – my multiple-Twitter-profile-management application of choice.  I’m pretty sure “HootSuite” isn’t in Webster’s dictionary.  That’s slightly amazing technology to me.  Even if I did graduate from a high school class of 43.

On Monday I decided to buy the new iPad.  Rather, I convinced my wife to let me let her buy the new iPad for me.  I called my local Best Buy at 5PM.  No iPads.  Next closest Apple Store to my Madison Lake, Minnesota location was Edina, Minnesota, (a southern suburb of Minneapolis – 71 miles away).  I called to see if they had the model I was looking for.  They did.  No, they couldn’t hold it for me and no they couldn’t tell me what quantity they had on hand.  So you’re going to play hardball…I thought.  Actually, I understood.

During supper that evening (approximately 5:38 PM) I gave my wife the news – doing my best to express the “once in a lifetime”, or at minimum “once in at least 3 weeks” opportunity that this Apple Store in Edina had presented us with.  After 35 minutes of reflection she realized it was indeed a carpe diem moment.  Go time.  “Get in that car and drive like the wind”, she shouted!  (Ok, now I’m getting a bit carried away).

Regardless, I was on the road for my 71 mile drive at 6:15PM.  Store was open til 9:30.  PLENTY of time.  I could even stop for a second dinner.

I walked in the Apple store (thank you large shopping mall directory) at 7:25PM.  Approximately 25 blue-polo-shirted Apple employees were all busy with customers.  I snuggled up next to one I thought looked “smart” and began to loiter.  For approximately 6 seconds.  And then this store manager (according to his badge) said, “Can I help you sir”?

“Why, yes!  Oh, were you busy with another customer?  I’m sorry”…(yeah, right).

I told him the make, model, color and case I wanted.  He checked the store inventory quantity on his iPhone app while still helping the other customer. He confirmed he had it, pressed the button on his iPhone, and an employee came out from behind the store carrying my iPad.  The manager grabbed my case off the rack and asked if I needed a “tutorial” before purchasing.

“Heck no, who needs a tutorial?  That’s why I’m buying Apple!  Don’t you see this iPhone in my hand?  I’m a pro!”, I thought but summarized with a simple, “no”.

“Want to pay for it right here with a card then?” he asked.

“Yes!”, I answered quickly.

After getting my email address to send the receipt to, it was one fell swipe of the card (directly on his iPhone) and I was out of there.  Grand total of 4 minutes in the store, 5 max.

I called my wife to let her know I’d be home early.  After 71 more miles home I was in the door at 8:51PM.

Want to know one of the real reasons I had to get the new iPad?  Dictation built into the OS to lessen the daily typing strain on my wrists and arms (which works in any application that receives text).

Krengeltech’s OpenRPGUI framework exists to enable powerful mobile app deployments like iPad within your business – bridging the gap between today’s popular mobile devices and the IBM i server.  We’ve even done an inventory app similar to the one used by the Apple Store manager as illustrated in my Apple Store purchasing experience above!

What’s your business or consumer Apple success story?

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