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 my 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.