The company formerly known as Apple Computer and now called simply Apple, Inc. is unique in many respects – also in its ability to drive, even people who admire it positively batty. It makes great products (the rule), but its concealment about them borders on paranoia, and his fans can be incredibly boring. Of course, his fans to put up with some irritation, too: just to be a member of the club still means you have to endure endless jabs from the other side of the aisle socio-political-techno. But they have to bear their suffering as a badge of honor?
Today, we – we, Narasu and Alan, veteran of both Mac users – are going to get some things of our chest. We have listed ten things we hate about Apple (or its followers, or simply the experience of the use of its products.) But for the love of fair play (not to be confused with FairPlay, Apple’s DRM technology), we also publish a second list – Ten things we love about Apple.
Use the Feedback link at the end of this article to add your own complaints about Apple – or defend it.
And so, with helmets in place, here we go:
1: Free Speech, anyone?
Even if you do not have an Apple fan, this particular issue may not reach the surface of your own personal gripe list – but hey, we’re journalists. So the challenge for us.
Er, that is probably not the right way to use the expression, since December 2004, Apple filed a complaint AppleInsider, O’Grady PowerPage, and think about Web sites to send secret information about upcoming technologies that Apple had shared with the outside in non-disclosure agreements. In the case of O’Grady, was the news of the FireWire interface in GarageBand. In the words of O’Grady himself: “yawn”.
Pressure on Apple sites to reveal their sources, and even worse, put pressure on the ISP site. In May 2006, the California court said no, deciding that the online journalists the same First Amendment rights, as “legitimate” offline journalists. It seems silly to the modern world, is not it? Recently, the court ordered Apple to pay the legitimate sites’ – about $ 700.000.
More second secret Homeland Security
The federal government is secret, but they are no match for Apple reps meet the “stock exasperating:” We do not comment on future product plans. “Being an Apple fan, never knowing for sure if the shiny new MacBook or iPod you just bought is about to become obsolete by a keynote from Steve Jobs.
Obviously, Apple has a secret known only to the Silicon Valley company, not just a silent mouth. And tight lips make explosive buzz when the company decided to drop the bomb. But contrast Apple’s secrecy its lack of Microsoft – Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, the company and love to talk about their company’s future products, and will still receive a fair share of buzz. While many of these plans tend to be true.
3. It is not too proud to blame
When Apple shipped iPods containing a worm last year, instead of issuing a humble mea culpa, Apple took a blow to Microsoft, said: “As you can imagine, we are upset at Windows for not be more resistant against such viruses, and even more angry against ourselves for not catching it. “As you can imagine, does not fly with security experts. What about an apology to those who had the misfortune of buying infected iPods, period?
4. iAnything iHate
Apple first launched the idea of product names with a lowercase letter leader in 1994 with eWorld, an ill-conceived online service that went belly up after a year and a half. But when they introduced the original iMac in 1998, he hit a huge success – and prompted hundreds of other manufacturers to follow with sickeningly cute blue Bondi products with names that also began with a small “i” Now the Dozens of Apple and product names of the parties begins with “i” Their manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, hoping that a single letter will sway us to buy their stuff. In the meantime, you can not even begin sentences with product names.
No wonder we tend to like Apple TV, partly because it proved not to be iTV? Or we’re a little sorry that Apple was able to conclude an agreement with Cisco to share the iPhone name?