Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Why I Hate Apple

The search and seizure at the home of the Gizmodo reporter that broke the lost iPhone prototype story and the Jobsian control over all content are just the two most recent examples of why I hate Apple. For years, the necessity of paying a lot more money for underperforming hardware and a limited application suite to get the Mac OS was enough to keep me away from Apple, but it didn't make me hate them. The early iPod with their requirements for using Apple proprietary software and the iStore were annoying and kept me away as there were perfectly good, less expensive mp3 players out there without that baggage. It was really during the DRM debates that dislike of Apple turned into active hatred - the Jobsian flip-flopping and disengenuousness on the subject while continuing to create the most controlled computing/entertainment environment in the world. Sorry, but Macland just feels more and more like some combination of Oceania and the tightly controlled simulated reality of The Matrix and no, the irony of the first half of that equation is hardly lost on me.

Apple's real strong suit in the beginning was as a tool for creative people - it truly did have a superior environment for music development, video editing and graphic design. But it's success of the last decade had been entirely around consumption - iPod/iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iEtc - and with the control they exert on what can be consumed via their devices and the lock-in that they engender. I've got nothing against consumption, but I have no interest in being told what I can't consume.

Admittedly, the final and possibly largest factor is the Cult of Mac. I have a number of dear friends (some of you probably reading this) that have succumbed. If you don't have an Apple logo tat, you've at least thought seriously about it. In addition to having gone through a succession of iPods and MacBooks, you probably had your iPad within the first week it was available, despite already having an iPhone and a MacBook Air. If you've read this far, you're likely not going to try to argue with me - instead you'll sadly shake your head because I "just don't get it" (but if I'd just try a MacBook for a week, I'd never use anything else). I'm a big enough person to admit the siren call of "It just works" can be pretty seductive after an hour of trying to install a bit of software in the Windows world (much less a Linux box) but I will persevere.

Although I'm thinking about buying an iPad for Jeannette...



At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warning: You will need iTunes and iTunes store account or some kind of iTunes credit to use iPad. If she's already using iTunes store, you're good. Think of it as a big iPod with a lot of enhanced features. Or a hot poker into your Apple avoiding heart.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

Yeah, I know - in my mind, I can distance myself a bit by getting it for her! :-) I've gotten my hands on an iPad for a few minutes and I understand the seduction of the interface - it really is sweet!


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