Do you trust Apple?

Posted by avatarErik last updated January 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I've been anti-Apple lately, and it's mostly been a set of recent events surround their business practice of enticing consumers with great hardware, then locking them into proprietary technologies where they make even more money.

Here's are some things they've done that I'm not happy about:

1) Apple iPhone: a) not open to third-party development and apps, b) exclusive arrangement with AT&T, c) offer it initially at a high price for the early adopters, then drop the price by a $100 only a few months later.

2) Apple iPod line: a) focused on sizzle rather than the steak. A whole bunch of companies have snuck in and offered better products, b) proprietary iTunes, and limited file format capabilities.

3) Apple iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro: these machines are overpriced. They Macs used to offer a great product with a much better screen and user experience out of the box, but now, with cheaper software and the whole open-source Linux movement, you can get comparable computers for much cheaper.

I think Apple has pushed the limits of being perceived as the cool, hip, underdog. When I watch those Mac vs. PC commercials, I can't help but like the PC guy a lot better than the Mac guy. Secondly, it seems like the world has zigged, and they've zagged. Open-source, open-APIs, open-standards, are the order of the day, and Apple seems more closed than ever.

I'm still waiting for Android.