Hello everyone. My name is Ryan OBarr and I would like to welcome you to the first post of iDevice Mastery. For the first post, I am going to introduce myself and share what my plans for this site are.
As I mentioned, my name is Ryan. I am 33 years old, a father of two handsome young men,
and a husband to my beautiful wife Lynsi. I have an Associates Degree that I just completed in Liberal Arts, I spent 6 years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, and I have spent the last 6 years working for a city in California.
I have been a tech guy for as long as I can remember. I was toying with car audio before I could drive and had an eardrum-breaking stereo system installed in my car shortly after getting it on the road.
I’ve had a computer of some sort since around 17 years of age. However, I never had more then one at a time, so I never really pulled one apart. And I have not yet built one, but it is on my to-do list.
When I got back from Okinawa, Japan in 2003 I got my first cell phone. It was a Motorola flip phone, silver in color, and worked great. A year or so later I had it in my shirt pocket while working on my roof. Like a dummy. Needless to say, it hit the ground and shattered. Luckily, I was able to find the same model just as it was being discontinued.
My next phone was a Palm Treo. I think it was the 650. It was my first taste of a smart phone and I was hooked. It was awesome to have so many things in one device. Calendar, detailed contacts, camera, etc.
In 2007 I remember a good friend of mine calling me. “Hey, Ryan. Have you seen the new Apple cell phone that is coming out?” At that time, the only interaction I had ever had with Apple was programming Logo Writer my freshman year of High School on an old Apple computer. The one with the actual 5-1/4″ floppy discs.
I headed over to Apple’s website and checked it out. Just seeing the first photo of the iPhone gave me chills. Yes, I am a geek, or a nerd, or whatever you want to call it. I get excited about this stuff. Touch screen, phone, iPod, camera, contacts, weather (Yes, the weather app got me excited.), etc. I had to have it.
A month or two after it was released I went to the Apple Store in Fresno, CA and bought one. If I remember correctly, taxes included, I paid around $700. While Lynsi wasn’t too excited with the price, I didnít even flinch at the price tag.
Since then, I have never had another phone. Actually, I’ve never purchased anything that wasn’t made by Apple since then. I’ve owned the iPhone 1st Generation, 3G, 4 and 4S. And in a few months I will have the 5, or whatever Apple will call it. I also own an iPad 2, an iMac and a MacBook Pro. And until the day Apple stops production, I will never own another brand. I am truly hooked. I actually go through withdrawals and can not concentrate at work on the rare occasions I leave my phone behind.
Do other companies make comparable phones or tablets these days? I have no idea. There are Blackberry fans that swear by their phones. I’ve never used one so I can’t comment. I can say that the Treo had nothing on the iPhone. The user interface was so intuitive that I hardly dug into the user manual. Most of my digging was needed because I was unfamiliar with iTunes. And once you know the iPhone, there isn’t much more to learn with the iPad.
During those 5 years of owning an iPhone, and 1 year of owning an iPad, I have never stopped toying with them. Mostly just leaning the in’s-and-out’s of them in order to teach others and be able to answer questions. Also, I have jailbroken my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 with nearly every iOS version that came out with the exception of iOS 5. My most recent endeavor was dealing with Lynsi’s shattered iPhone 4. It fell from about 4 feet and shattered the back glass panel. We got her an iPhone 4S, and now I have a spare phone to tear into.
Do I claim to know everything there is to know about the iPhone, iPad and iOS? Absolutely not. But I do feel I know enough to make a significant contribution to brand new users or those who want to learn how to better implement these powerful devices.
And that will be the main focus of this site. I am here to pass on what I know to those who need it. I am here to answer questions that you have about your iPhone or iPad. I will post tutorials, tips, and tricks. If you have any questions, send me an email. I’ll either create a post dealing with the issue, point you in the right direction, or just answer your email if it can be done quickly.
So, in closing, what can I do for you? Leave a question in the comments below, shoot me an email with your questions, leave a question on my Facebook page or find me on Twitter.