For whatever reason, it’s recently become chic to hop aboard the Apple bashing bandwagon, and while Apple has its faults just like any other company, Apple seems to be held to an entirely different standard relative to other companies who conduct their business in a similar fashion.
But why all the hate?
Is the recent Apple backlash a function of the high expectations people levy upon Apple? In other words, are Apple’s missteps newsworthy precisely because people hold Apple to such a high standard?
Or, is the Apple backlash the natural reaction of the masses to a company who for so long has been painted as the purveyor of cool and hip products?
The answer, if there is one, most likely falls somewhere in the middle, but one thing we’ve noticed over the past few months is the hypocrisy that some of the anti-Apple bashers engage in on a regular basis. For as much as people like to exclaim that Apple fans reflexively and instinctively praise Apple no matter what, it’s the anti-Apple crowd who, more often than not, blindly stick to their pre-conceived conclusion that anything Apple does is bad for consumers, and the result of some maniacal Jobsian plan to take over the world.
On that point, LowEndMac has a brief but interesting chronology of events which highlight some of the hypocrisy from Apple critics that has shrouded the company ever since it first announced the iPhone in 2007.
Initially Apple didn’t want to open up the iPhone to third-party applications. It wanted people to develop web apps instead. The funny thing about web apps is that they are cross platform – you just need a web browser and the Internet. (Can anyone say “cloud computing”?)
No, this wasn’t good enough! Apple was evil for restricting free access. People started jailbreaking their iPhones.
Then Apple relented, distributed a Software Developer Kit, and opened the App Store. Apple not only allows for propriety native applications; it they opened a store to help developers sell their wares.
Everyone should be happy, but that doesn’t stop the complaints.
When Apple forced developers to use an open platform, it was wrong, and if Apple controls a proprietary platform as a responsible business, that is evil and controlling. Sadly, every choice Apple makes turns out to be evil.
Right on the money, and this “Blame Apple first and ask questions later” mentality was most recently seen in the aftermath of the removal of all Google Voice apps from iTunes. If Apple in fact removed the app, then that’s undeniably worthy of criticism, but with all signs pointing at AT&T, why are people all up in arms and smashing Apple when all the facts aren’t yet available?
In any event, you can check out the entire article from LowEndMac over here.