Seven stupid things people say about Apple

Seven stupid things people say about AppleLet’s get this out of the way first: I might use a MacBook and an iPhone (er, and an iPad), but I’m not particularly loyal to Apple, and indeed quite fancy a change when I move on from my ageing iPhone 5 (which currently lasts around seven minutes on a single charge).

Having said that, there are some anti-Apple arguments that come up time and again, and invariably cause involuntary head shaking from yours truly. Trite; that’s a good word! Adjective: Lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse.

The following is inspired by comments we’ve had on Mobot over the years, and furthermore a conversation relayed to me by a Three employee, who listened in stunned silence at a team meeting as colleagues rattled off misinformed comment after misinformed comment.

Behold! Seven stupid things people say about Apple.

1. The iPhone is overpriced

Let’s go back to the dictionary for the definition of ‘overpriced’. Adjective: too expensive; costing more than it is worth.

Worth is subjective, but clearly consumers are speaking with their wallets and deciding that the iPhone is, in fact, worth what Apple is charging. If the iPhone was “too expensive”, it wouldn’t be the biggest selling individual phone on the market.

The iPhone is expensive, yes, but it’s not overpriced.

Seven stupid things people say about Apple2. Only iSheep buy the iPhone

The notion that only uneducated “iSheep” buy the iPhone is a massive generalisation about hundreds of millions of consumers, and a rather insulting one at that.

I know plenty of people who are massively technical, geekier even than I, who are well aware of Android and Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10, but make an informed choice to buy an iPhone year after year. Perhaps it’s because iOS is so intuitive, or repeatedly favoured by developers, or because Apple makes good-looking premium phones, or – heck – all of the above.

The iPhone is eight years old this summer. If it were really as bad as the anti-Apple brigade makes out, wouldn’t it have been rumbled by now?

Similarly, there are plenty of people who refuse to buy an iPhone simply because it’s an iPhone. Isn’t that just as mindless?

Seven stupid things people say about Apple3. Apple can’t innovate

This one was wheeled out by analysts a few years ago around the time Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs as CEO: Apple can’t innovate.

Yes, Apple has a tendency to take existing ideas, tweak them and make them hugely popular, but that’s the very definition of innovation! Verb: make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

Many people laughed when the iPhone was first unveiled, and the iPad was met with a similarly dubious response (“It’s just a giant iPod touch!” “It’s a giant iPhone that’s not a phone!”), but both went on to enjoy massive success and dominate in their respective fields.

All of which explains the current flood of not-quite-sure-what-the-point-is smartwatches. Rather than wait and see what Apple did with the rumoured “iWatch”, manufacturers like Samsung have raced to get the jump on Team Cupertino, but even Sammo conceded that the first Galaxy Gear was “lacking something special”.

It’ll take the Apple Watch to ignite the wearable tech fuse, and many tech followers seem to resent that massive influence.

Seven stupid things people say about Apple4. Apple copies Android

Yes, there are countless features that have appeared on Android long before iOS, but clearly they aren’t hugely important to the average smartphone user or the former would have 100% market share.

And does the iPhone really need widgets? Or third-party keyboards? Or the ability to detect and acknowledge “Hey Siri” while driving? How many people actually use these things?

The fact of it is, Android has a tendency to include as many features as possible, as soon as possible, while Apple is quite happy to chill and drip-feed features – NFC being a good example. It’s not like Apple was sitting at the beginning of 2014 saying, “Duhhh, what’s a contactless payment?”

And if you want to go back further, let’s listen to former Google guy Chris DeSalvo and his reaction to the original iPhone launch: “As a consumer I was blown away [by the iPhone]. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.’”

Before the iPhone, Android was being developed with QWERTY keyboards in mind. The first Android handset, Google Sooner (above), resembled a terrible BlackBerry. “Holy crap. I guess we’re not going to ship that phone,” was Andy Rubin’s post-iPhone realisation.

And hey, how about that 132-page Samsung document detailing how the Galaxy S could learn from the iPhone?

5. Android is more popular than iOS

Android is more popular than iOS, yes. And all vegetables are more popular than Apples. Your point?

The iPhone is the biggest selling individual phone, and has been for years. Android’s global market share, meanwhile, is comprised not just of high-end phone sales, but entry-level shipments, too, something Apple has no interest in at all.

But despite that, Apple was very nearly the biggest manufacturer in terms of shipments in Q4 of 2014.


Seven stupid things people say about Apple6. Working conditions for Apple employees are terrible

Ok, this is a sensitive one, but Apple clearly gets targeted here because it’s one of the world’s most valuable companies. Let’s face it, would the news that LG employees suffer terrible working conditions make as many headlines? Nope.

On that note, a recent episode of Panorama was criticised by experts in Chinese working conditions for being biased against Apple (Daily Mail). This is the same Panorama that was forced to apologise to Primark on account of dodgy reporting.

The fact is, working conditions out east are different to what we’re used to over here, and some of that is completely beyond Apple’s control.

For the record, Apple says: “We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

“We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.”

7. iOS is ‘locked down’

I’m not denying that there are things Android phones can do that iPhones simply can’t, but again, these aren’t things that are of huge importance to your average mobile user.

In the aforementioned Three team meeting, one employee bemoaned the fact that the iPhone is “locked down”, and suggested that was why he bought an Android phone. Asked what his Android can do that the iPhone can’t, he suddenly found himself lost for words.

And hey, you can always jailbreak your iPhone.

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joedastudd  Feb. 19, 2015 at 13:16

3 to 7 are things you admit aren't stupid/false things as they have grounds yet still made the list?

jwyoungy  Feb. 19, 2015 at 13:57

You had 7 misconceptions you wanted to discuss and yet 1,4,5,6 and 7 are all true. #1 - Anyone who claims the phone is overpriced obviously didn't buy it so I guess to them the phone was over priced. Charging so much money for additional storage is also a joke. You can buy a 64 Gb micro SD for under $30. What does an additional 64Gb cost iPhone customers? I think a BMW is over priced for what it is yet they sell millions of those as well. #4 - Apple copies Android. You said yes in your first statement. Everyone uses good ideas the other ones come up with. That doesn't make the statement that Apple does it wrong in anyway. #5 - Android is more popular, likely because the iPhone is over priced. #6 - I have watched the documentary on working conditions at FoxConn's Apple sites. They are terrible and the fact that maybe LG has poor working conditions is no excuse. Apple makes more money of each iPhone than any other OEM so they should be leading the way. They are amongst the cheapest phones to produce of all the premium handsets yet cost the most. They money is there, look after the people who build your products. BlackBerry builds much of it's hardware in North America. #7 - locked down phones. The employee who couldn't come up with one thing that apple locked down, he must have very little to no experience with competing products or just simply drew a blank on the spot. Right off the top of my head, iPhone has locked down NFC on the iPhone 6 and 6+, a nice bit of technology that Blackberry users have enjoyed free access to since 2009 and Android users since 2010. Apple doesn't want anyone having access to any technology on their phones until they can make money with it.
Gripes about iPhones will rarely come from the people who use them. If they did, they would have to explain why they paid as much as they did for a phone with no battery life, limited storage options and the rest of the eco-system that works so well with iPhones yet is available now with all other platforms and a fraction of the cost. No, former iPhone uses and people who genuinely shake their head at how marketing alone has given this company so much more success than any other on the market because lets be clear, iPhone is not the best hardware or software on the market today. They build nice looking phones that work very well but they don't own the premium market in anything other than market share. There are very worthy competitors in BlackBerry, LG, Samsung and HTC that get a fraction of the business and it has nothing to do with building inferior products.

TJ Skywasher  Feb. 19, 2015 at 14:12

Touching on working conditions for Chinese workers, it always amazes me that whenever a bad news story is written it always cites Apple's factories. These are not Apple's factories, they belong to Foxconn, Pegatron and others. It's also never mentioned that the same factories produce electronics for all the other major tech companies as well, not just for Apple, but nothing is ever said or mentioned of what these other tech companies are doing for workers.

Sure working conditions may not be perfect and I'm sure things go on behind Apple's back all the time that get found out later, but they do what they can. If Apple owned and operated it's own factories then things would be completely different. In short it seems like they're doing way more than any of the competition on workers rights and working conditions.

babylon  Feb. 19, 2015 at 14:30

All of which explains the current flood of not-quite-sure-what-the-point-is smartwatches. Rather than wait and see what Apple did with the rumoured “iWatch”, manufacturers like Samsung have raced to get the jump on Team Cupertino, but even Sammo conceded that the first Galaxy Gear was “lacking something special”.

Well, It's lucky they didn't wait for the "not-quite-sure-what-the-point-is Apple Watch" Is then.

That whole paragraph stinks of arrogance.

apcody  Feb. 19, 2015 at 14:34

You really have to be insecure in your own buying choices to feel the need to continually defend something like this ;)

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 19, 2015 at 15:04

You really have to be insecure in your own buying choices to feel the need to continually defend something like this ;)
Likewise, it's interesting that so many people feel so passionately about perpetuating these trite criticisms ;)

To be fair, I never said these seven things are untrue, merely tired, overused, at times pointless, and often said without any understanding of the facts or the history of Android/iOS.

Treab  Feb. 19, 2015 at 17:20

I gotta say im very hypocritical i dislike companies like apple/primark who make these big things about we 'dont use sweatshops' / 'we aim to improve workers conditions' just because i know its all about making them sound better than they are... they may be trying to improve things but apple and the like can do alot more especially as apple has more money then the USA lol


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