If you’re a regular reader of this blog, by now you may have figured out that I’m not a big fan of Apple. I love m iPhone and I honestly couldn’t live without it anymore but I strongly dislike Apple. Ok, I hate Apple!

I hate the way they do business. I hate the way they treat their suppliers. I hate the way they treat their employees. I hate Steve Jobs for being such an egomaniac. I hate the way fan boys would die for a sneak peek at a beta version of a new Mac OS. I hate how Apple is controlling what apps I can install on my iPhone. Worst of all, I hate Apple for being such a close ecosystem and forcing its users to stick to Apple, and Apple only.

It seems that I’m not the only one getting tired of Apple. Last week, Jon Fortt of Brainstorm Tech wrote an interesting article comparing Apple to Microsoft’s earlier behavior. Jon Fortt actually goes as far as apologizing to Microsoft:

I’m sorry, Microsoft. On behalf of Silicon Valley, I’m sorry.

We cursed you, mocked you, labeled you the Evil Empire. Your crime: trying to control the technology world. Sure, we had reason to be upset. During the dawning of the PC era, the Windows operating system made you the most powerful company in tech, and it went to your head.

Your detractors say you intimidated PC makers, crushed Netscape, and tried to turn the web into an extension of the Windows platform. As it turns out, local darling Apple (AAPL) probably would have done the same thing.

Just look at how Apple is behaving today with a fraction of the power you had.

Better and more insightful is Jason Calacanis’ message to Apple Fanboys and girls. While the video might sound a little too much and insulting at some points, I think the general idea is true. It’s interesting to note that Jason Calacanis was a long time Apple lover and recently decided to go back to PC.

Watch the full video and think about it for a minute.

What do you think?

  • PS

    I think you have some problems if you start hating a company – being MS or Apple. Not liking their products or services, yes, but getting emotional about it when you simply can choose another vendor is – well – kind of childish.

    Besides your arguments are not very good – if arguments at all (Apple doesn’t treat their employees or partners worse than others – of course there are questionable practices, but again, like every other company – and you most likely have no idea what it is like to work with Steve Jobs). The comparison done towards Microsoft is moot. These are two companies with wildly different politics, strategies and tactics.

    Apple is not a closed ecosystem. The iPhone is in the sense that the app store is Apple only. But on the other hand, this is also the first phone I ever had that I managed and dared install any large number of different apps. Other than that, Apple is not doing any more different thing than a host of other companies do.

    Most impartantly, there’s no need to hate. Plenty alternatives to choose from if you don’t like.

  • dannyswrld

    That guy in the video does have a point on the iPhone but he can’t go wrong with OS X. It’s great. Oh and the dude should check out jailbreak land. kthxbai

  • Stephen

    Is this guy a fruit loop or is he trying to be ironic?

    Either that or he’s an evil spawned love child of Bill Gates.

    IF Apple keep their systems closed, it’s for a very good reason….they could go down the route of Microsoft, release an new OS and oh it doesn’t work (cause the users tell them so), release a new update….it doesn’t work again….release another one…(you get the picture).

    It is true that Microsoft crushed Netscape but with what, probably the most useless web browser known to the human race….Internet Explorer HA! At least Safari 4 is almost 100% web compliant and designers/developers know that what they create is going to work on 80% of the browsers available.

    Windows has come a long way….but it’s still no OS X!

  • VistaUSer

    It’s mainly APPLE’s way of screwing people that many are angry about….

  • Sebastien

    I agree

  • Tom Burnett

    The YouTube clip makes plenty of valid points. As a developer I have always been surprised by the amount of developers that adore a closed-system Apple product. Developers code for it, the whole time bitching about every road block they run into. But they soldier on? Perhaps because they have a chance to reach a huge audience once the app is released.

    But, on the other hand, Apple has released products with less technical issues – basically because the proprietary hardware is developed alongside the proprietary software. That does appeal to the masses (aka less technical folks) out there. Most people (basically people that aren’t reading this blog. That’s not a rip on this blog Sebastien. It’s absolutely outstanding! It’s just that it probably has a readership of people with more tech experience and understanding) want to buy a laptop, pda, whatever, go home, fire it up and play. With Apple they don’t have to worry about some driver conflicting with some piece of hardware and yada yada yada. These folks don’t even know that Apple is restricting apps in the app store. All they know is that they have a great smartphone that they can buy apps for. They don’t care that movies, ringtones, etc have to be a certain format to play on a non-jailbroken phone. They just fire up iTunes, pay their cash and bang it’s there for their use. These normal users would never even think of taking on the perceived “too difficult” task of jailbraking for fear of bricking their phone. I think the more-technical folks see all the walls in Apples garden. I think that developers that work within those walls just want to get their work infront of the largest amount of people.

    It’s like we’re going backwards in technology. Now Verizon, Microsoft, and even Android have plans to allow “closed” carrier-specific app stores. Two steps forward, one step back.

    At the end of the day, Apple created a great product in the iPhone and it is their right to keep that door closed or open as far as they want to. Consumers should dictate the success and failure of a product. And I guess they’ve spoken loud and clear in Apple’s case.

  • Seriously,

    Seriously, this guy has a lot of valid points.

    I should be able to use a device to it’s full capabilities straight out of the box, instead of having to rely on the hackers in the community to tirelessly find and work on an exploit just to unlock some of the better features.

    It’s ridiculous how some of the apps that Apple fail to parse are as simple as something to personalise the phone with a unique theme. Every other phone on the market today lets its user change the theme, or background image. Nobody can say that apple couldn’t implement a reliable system to change the background image or theme of the phone.

    Also, Safari is a terrible browser. Internet Explorer vs. Safari is a perfect example of a typical Apple fanboy argument, what do you like about Safari that Internet Explorer doesn’t have to offer anyway. YES #3, I’m referring to you.

    Just get Firefox and be done with it.