Me & My Mac

A reader’s set-up

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Work­ing off­shore on an oil rig can be an iso­lat­ing line of work, yet for Bryan McGill, that’s no rea­son to leave his trusty Ap­ple kit be­hind at home. Though he lives in Scot­land, work of­ten takes him as far afield as Australia – but not with­out his iPhone, iPad and Mac­Book by his side, of course!

“When I’m away I use my Mac­Book for watch­ing films and TV shows when I’m off shift,” he says, “and my iPhone for the news and Face­book. I also use my iPad for FaceTime to keep in touch with my fi­ancée and kids.” When you’re sur­rounded by miles of ocean in ev­ery di­rec­tion, keep­ing con­nected with loved ones is clearly im­por­tant.

When he’s not work­ing on the rig, Bryan en­joys get­ting out and about with his cam­era – some­thing that en­sures his iMac gets plenty of use when it comes to edit­ing and sorting pho­tos. One rea­son it’s so use­ful, he says, is the Mac soft­ware that’s avail­able to photography en­thu­si­asts; with Pix­el­ma­tor and Aper­ture among his favourites, or­gan­is­ing his pic­tures is an ab­so­lute breeze.

Ap­ple wasn’t al­ways such a stal­wart pres­ence in Bryan’s life, though. “My first Ap­ple prod­uct was the iPhone 3G. I was re­luc­tant to get one at first as ev­ery­one had it, but I even­tu­ally gave in and I’ve never looked back.”

He’s now grad­u­ated to the iPhone 6 and has been hooked on the larger screen ever since, which means he’s us­ing his beloved iPad Air less and less th­ese days.

And what does he think the fu­ture holds for his­tory’s most prof­itable com­pany? “I like the idea of Ap­ple Pay and hope it takes off prop­erly in the UK soon,” says Bryan.

“I’ve al­ready done away with my Star­bucks and Costa cards and use the apps in­stead, so it would be handy to be able to do the same with my bank cards as well” And with Tim Cook call­ing 2015 “the year of Ap­ple Pay”, there shouldn’t be long to wait.

But de­spite Bryan’s im­pres­sive Ap­ple col­lec­tion, there’s some­thing else he’s keep­ing his eye on. “This year I’m quite ea­ger to get some other tech in the house,” he ex­plains. “I like the Nest Ther­mo­stat and the Philips Hue light bulbs. I’d like to be able to con­trol ev­ery­thing in the house from my iPhone!”

“I was re­luc­tant to get an iPhone, but I even­tu­ally gave in and I’ve never looked back”

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