My name is Ian Spinelli. I’m a 25 year old marketing and sales professional in the mobile tech space living in the Twin Cities. I’ve spent 5 years working at Apple Retail and have been interested in Apple for around 10-11 years. I currently own: 2010 27” iMac, 3rd Gen iPad, iPhone 5, Apple TV, and my work provides a 2012 13” Macbook Air. It’s a good, Apple-filled life for me :-)
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST INTERESTING HOME SCREEN APPS?
I’m often very picky about my apps. I typically restore my phone every 6 months to a year, so I download only the apps I continue to use (they tend to collect on the other screens and in folders). Most notable are: Path, CycleMeter, Gas Cubby, Air Video, PlicPlic, Spirit, and Darkside.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE APP?
WHAT APP IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
There is a game called Qonqr. Qonqr is the GeoSocial Game of World Domination. It’s addictive. It’s location based capturing of location directly against others all over the world. It’s fun to be at a new place, and try to capture as many places as possible. If you haven’t played it, check it out. It’s easy to play casually, but choose a faction and stay loyal! (I’m Legion)
WHAT IS THE APP THAT YOU ARE STILL MISSING?
That’s a really good question. I’ve tried to find an app that combines grocery list, budgets for food (grocery and eating out), and calorie intake. I don’t want 3 apps, I want one that does it really well, and syncs with iCloud to my Mac or iPad with great stats.
HOW MANY TIMES A DAY DO YOU USE YOUR IPHONE/IPAD?
Multiple times an hour. My iPhone is my main tool of connection to the world. If I had to set a numeric value to it, I’d say 150-200.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FEATURE OF THE IPHONE/IPAD?
Siri. Siri is constantly working for me. I step into the car, plug my iPhone into the FM Transmitter, and after that pretty much everything I can do is done by voice. I can play music, send a text message, ask a sports score (or a movie time), set location-based or time-based reminders, and get turn by turn directions, and everything fades flawlessly from one to the next. Siri never ceases to astound me.
IF YOU WERE IN CHARGE AT APPLE, WHAT WOULD YOU ADD OR CHANGE?
This is an interesting question. There is a micro response, and a macro.
On a micro level, I’d set more 3rd party integration into the iOS platform. 3rd party apps should be able to have widgets placed in Notification Center, and I should be able to choose what app is my main camera application when I open from the lock screen. For the Mac, I’d love my dock to be able to have folders of active applications.
On a macro perspective, having been staff, I know they are underpaid. Their love for the culture and the brand blinds them from this. Yes, they get paid more than average retail. They also sell 2.5x more than typical retail employees, and get more efficient every single day. I know they just got raises, but it’s still not enough.
I’ll end this, and many other rants I could have in response to this question with this: Nothing. Apple is what it is today because of the journey and decisions it’s made. It is an entity that takes its own path. For me to alter it based on my own thoughts and agenda would most likely result in either less success (since they’re the most successful company in the world), or some sort of alternate reality that I don’t want to be responsible for :-P
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
I’d like to thank Mike for the opportunity to type this all out. I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t owned an iOS device to get one. Yes, Android is cool just don’t judge iOS until you’ve owned it. All technology devices have their flaws. Some will be better for certain people than others. But the beauty of iOS is that it fits the greatest number of people to the closest degree. Buy one. They have a return policy for a reason. Have Mike or someone who understands Apple show you around it. Keep an open mind, and remember that what you already know might need to be relearned.
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