One response to “Is Apple Vindictive and Evil?”

  1. socketwench

    Apple is repeating history with iOS. Apple sued Microsoft claiming the Windows UI was a “stolen product”. This, despite the fact Apple “stole” it from the Xerox Star. Apple wanted to own the concept of the GUI legally, because it gave them a competitive edge. This was before software patents were really allowed, so the court ruled against Apple and they lost the desktop.

    Now they want to own the mobile space. The iPhone inherits much of it’s basic concepts from the Palm Treo and earlier PDAs where a keyboard wasn’t an option. This time, however, the courts allowed software patents, design patents, and seemingly any patent that appended “on a mobile device”. They patented some rather silly ideas. When they announced the iPhone Jobs even said, “Boy, we patented it”. In short, they wanted to use the patent friendly courts to prevent them from losing the mobile space.

    Take off the glasses of admiration for Jobs, imagine this being said by any other company CEO: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of [my company’s] $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy [competing product], because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Does this sound like a business man to you? To me, it sounds more like a politician, or at worse, an autocrat.

    And now that iPhone is stuck at 15%, Android at 75%, and the iPad market share is dwindling from this time last year (see recent IDC surveys), Apple is getting nasty.

    Apple isn’t evil, but they are arrogant. They have been for a great while, but it wasn’t an acceptable thing to say inside the tech news echo chamber. Apple has bought into their own litany a little too much, and have used that perception to great effect in US courts. That perception, however, is lost on the international scene. Some amount of national pride may fall into US court rulings, but that is only supposition.

    Apple has been doing things against the user for a long time already. They’ve locked out applications that compete with their own in both process and in contract. Now without the perception of Steve guiding their product design, “fighting for the users” as it were, it’s a lot easier to be critical. The locked down nature of iOS, the unrepairablity/upgradability of the new Macbook Pro, the Lightning connector, just seem like too much.