Grandma Bought a Mac Mini
Published June 24, 2023
Well, I did it. I jumped into the deep end of the Apple pool. I bought a Mac Mini (a refurbished one). This purchase completes the transition from Windows PC and Android to Apple and iOS. It has been a long road with many potholes, road construction, and detours. I’m still stumbling around the whole Apple ecosystem, but some of it is beginning to make sense to me. I still have a ways to go.
iPhone to iPad to Mac
After being an iPhone user since the iPhone 6 and a relatively new iPad user (iPad Air 4th Gen), I thought the transition to Mac wouldn’t be so jarring. After all, I’ve used the iPad exclusively as my computing device for over a year.
Boy, was I wrong! I guess the decades of being a PC user reared its head when using a real computer. Using a mobile device allowed my brain to learn something new. No matter how many apps one installs, the mobile device environment differs greatly from a computer. As such, my brain didn’t know what to do with this new addition. It knew I was working on a computer, but not a PC. It was having a difficult time in the new Apple environment.
However, by using a desktop, my brain found just enough familiarity to allow the old PC habits to come forth. Unfortunately, that made things worse. Looking in the upper right-hand corner for the “x,” “-“ or “square” to close, minimize, or open windows was futile. Apple has a colorful horizontal traffic light in the upper left corner. And that’s just the beginning of my adjustments.
Getting Used to the Mac Interface
Getting comfortable with the interface will take some time, and I’m up for the challenge. After shelling out the cash I did for the Mac, you can bet I’ll take the time to learn the ins and outs. Fortunately, my iPad is close by, so I have that to fall back on.
When I bought my first iPad, I never thought I would get comfortable enough with it to use it as a backup to a Mac. My, how things change.
Wish me luck because this Grandma is about to dive deep into the Mac world.
Felicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.
Last Modified: 8 November 2023
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