BY: SHANE KENDALL
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But an Apple a day, everyday, for 45 years straight, left Steve Jobs needing a doctor more than ever. The college dropout turned co-founder of Apple Computers died recently, and ironically, of PC (pancreatic cancer). Unfortunately, there was no app to save him from the disease that caused him his life. Jobs left behind a mere $400 billion empire in Apple Computers, an empire that helped fulfill a lifetime goal of his, to change the world. But how it's changing is debatable.
A point is about to be reached, where the technology is not only being enjoyed, but being feigned for. Expectations for each product released to do so much more for us than the last only builds the hype and intrigue that hogs our attention.
"I'll camp out in front of the Apple Store when a new phone comes out any day. I'll get there in the afternoon for a good spot," said Jaron Rodriguez, 22.
The lines for any iPhone release convey the immense fascination and desire people have for Apple products.
The newest edge the iPhone 4S has is the artificial software Apple introduced, called "Siri." Now that it's been released, the human quality of conversation with a computer has officially gone mainstream, and a 1984 James Cameron movie, about human-like robots turning on the human race, is becoming more and more lifelike.
"‘Terminator' was pretty wild. Some people would contemplate if it might come true one day," said Richard Winter, 61, who watched the film in theaters when it was first released. But now that the apocalyptic movie from the ‘80s is more than two decades old, that old fear is now turning into more of a realistic hope.
"Siri" gives us that new lifelike capability to now ask a phone for favors and expect instant results, or at least a voice response. Even the request of sexual favors will not be denied a legitimate vocal response. Unfortunately, it only has a voice and no mouth.
But even a mouth-less phone makes a good phone. The lines for a new iPhone release don't have mouths either, but they speak for themselves.
The phrase "smart phone" is more appropriate than ever. They are not making us smarter, however, but rather just making us feel smarter. We now have substitutes for our own thoughts. No longer are our own imaginations deemed as vital. The more we rely on and use computers and technology for answers, the more obvious the need for them becomes.
"I feel naked without my phone. If I feel that bulge in my pocket, I feel calm and relaxed," said Carlos Alfaro, 24, an admitted cellphone-a-holic.
The roles phones seem to play on people's lives have brought up a religious perspective as well. Bloggers have mentioned Apple to be in close Biblical relation to Revelations 13:17, "And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark." (The mark being speculated to be given out by computers.) The fact that www.ChurchofSatan.com openly supports everything Apple Computers has to offer only gives a stronger belief that Apple is headed down this prophetic path.
Whether it's on this path of destruction or not, Apple does not seem to be fading anytime soon. The company is now worth more than all the illegal drugs in the world. It's only getting larger than ever, just like the lines during any new iPhone release.
Even being unaware about what advantages the new iPhone has to offer in comparison to the previous model, people still want it. Jane Pallasi, 24, said "Just the fact that it's the newest and the latest [iPhone], I would be more than pleased."
This drug-like crave people seem to possess in regards to these advanced products is certainly accredited to the products' creator, who actually seems to accredit drugs themselves.
"Doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life," said Jobs in a New York Times article by John Markoff. In another interview, Jobs admits that Microsoft would have been a better company if Bill Gates "dropped acid."
The influence from a drug-induced imagination is snowballing us into an unknown future. Maybe racking huge lines outside an Apple Store before any iPhone release might be the wrong approach to take just yet. After all, the Apple doesn't fall far from the LSD.