Statistics show that the average LTAS reader… is like… one guy, somewhere. And if statistics tell us anything, it’s that you’re reading this on an Apple product. iMac, iPod, iPad, iTop or whatever it is they’re peddling nowadays. Apple has a stranglehold on the technology market, and I just… can’t figure out why.
Before you stop reading and close your Safari window in a fit of rage, understand that this won’t be an article telling you why Apple is terrible. It’s an article telling you why Apple gets away with shit because consumers treat it like the norm. And that, my friends, is terrible.
Since the dawn of time, man has had trouble keeping all of his gadgets in order. Especially when it comes to power supplies. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a neat, orderly power strip, just to come back to this:
For this reason, last year the European Union standardized their phone chargers. Now micro USB is the standard across all devices. Not only is this a fantastic convenience, requiring you to just carry around one charger for all of your devices, it’s a huge savings in resources. No more piles of cords sitting in a box on that shelf in the closet you barely go in. If you ever lose your phone charger, everyone and their mother will be able to help you out because it’s the STANDARD. Even Apple signed this agreement.
Then why am I upset?
Because they didn’t modify their device. The created an adapter. This adapter will allow you to plug a micro USB cord into the adapter, which you can then plug into your iPhone. Not only does this create another unnecessary step in the charging process, but if gives you YET ANOTHER piece of plastic and metal to lose.
Way to cheat the system, assholes. But this is just in Europe, anyway. Here in ‘MERKUH we still use a metric fuck ton of various cords because FREEDOM. Or we would, if we used the DAMN METRIC SYSTEM.
The scenario: You go over to your friends house, and you’ve got an album that he’s been dying to get. However, he’s broke and doesn’t have the means to purchase this epic album of awesomeness, so you think “why not, I’ll just give it to him, he’s burned CDs for me in the past”. However, you have an iSomething. Looks like your friend is SOL, because Apple won’t let you move music off of your device, just sync to it. How frustrating.
But Geoff, it’s to prevent piracy!
And I get that. I do. But let’s say somebody steals your computer, AND your external hard drive you used to back up all of your music like a good little computer user. And, you chose the AUTOMATIC SYNC. When you buy a new computer, not only can you not natively pull your music off of your device, but syncing to update your software or any of your music will effectively erase the damn thing. There are ways of going into your music folder and transferring your entire library from your phone to your computer, but pulling off a single album is impossible when it looks like this:
It’s just a needless amount of work to accomplish what you were going to do anyway, regardless of piracy prevention.
I’m not even talking about the users. I’m talking about the company. Specifically, the tech support.
As my family’s “tech guy”, I get a fair share of problems thrown my way. And with the help of Google, I’ve been able to solve almost every problem I’ve come up against, usually in a matter of minutes. For this reason, I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THERE CAN BE SO MANY BAD TECH SUPPORT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. And not every one of them is bad, some of them are very efficient at fixing a problem. But whenever I have friends or family that return defeated from tech support because their problem couldn’t be fixed, and I FIX IT, I wonder how they get away with getting paid for that.
This sounds like a rant against all tech support. And it is. However, Apple has the audacity to call their tech support the geniuses. And that just GRINDS MY GEARS.
Price. Price. PRICE. My biggest “what the fuck” when it comes to Apple and their consumers. I recently got a new computer, and it’s fucking sweet. Best computer I’ve ever even come close to owning. AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor, SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card, 8 Gigs of ram, etc. Altogether, this machine cost me under $700.
iMacs START at $1199. That’s the baseline. Nearly double what I paid for some of the same (or less) shit I bought. You can buy less powerful hardware from them for gobs more. If you want to get comparable hardware you’re looking at 2 grand. And they get away with this because of consumers. Supply and demand. “But it’s a Mac!” = cash in Apple’s pocket. I’ll say this for Apple, great job branding. And for the lovers of Mac OS X, the operating system itself is not reason enough to charge that much more. If you’re looking for a Windows-less experience with a dock, you can get a linux distro for FREE and run it on any computer.
When it comes down to it, I just don’t understand how you can justify spending that kind of cash and go through that kind of consumer abuse just so you don’t have to use Windows. Windows really isn’t that bad, but that’s a different article. As the laws of supply and demand state, the more people that end up spending that kind of money on Apple, the cheaper… the cheaper everything else becomes.
What the fuck am I doing?
Forget what I said. Keep buying from Apple. They’re… great. Please?