Anti-Apple Manifesto

OK, I need to explain my rather obvious disdain for all things Apple.  First, please understand that I am not a ‘pro Microsoft’ geek or a vigilante Open Source promoter…rather, I am a technology analyst who works with technology every day and sees the good and bad in all options.  That being said, I focus mainly on the negative side of Apple since the proliferation of FanBoys makes it un-necessary to say anything nice…they’ll take care of that…

Also, I am very impressed with Apple’s marketing.  They are amazing in their ability to take an existing product, re-package it, slap their logo on it, and then sell millions to people for twice the price of the competitor.  This is a skill that I will not ignore!

My complaint is with the blind allegiance to all things Apple.  I hear so often ‘we’re an Apple house’…that is just sad.  That says to me that you are a slave to branding, have way more money than you know what to do with, and that you crave acceptance from hipsters.  I often refer to ‘drinking the Kool-Aid’.  This is in reference to the horrific events surrounding Jim Jones and his followers…when his followers drank the poison-laced Kool-Aid and all died.  I am not making light of this event, just referencing the blind following of those who purchase Apple just because it is Apple.

There is one legitimate reason for buying a Mac, and that is for the fact that the OS is Unix based.  However, you have to actually USE that aspect of it…if you like it just because it is based on Unix, then you should like DOS and Windows, because those where based on a subset of Unix before Apple was even in existence.  So those of you who are high level programmers, I’m giving you a pass here.  Otherwise, no go…

So, here are my reasons for being so ‘Anti-Apple’

  • The hardware is over-priced (or under powered).  As the purchaser for technology, I have to purchase both Windows based systems and Apple systems.  For equally specced systems, the Apple device will inevitably come in at least double in price.
  • I really dislike proprietary systems.  Apple is very proprietary, from both a hardware and software perspective.  You can only run Apple software on Apple hardware, and Apple hardware can only run Apple software (note: yes, I know you can get around both of these).  As a person who specializes in repairing hardware, Apple is HORRIBLE!  You can’t purchase replacement parts (legally), and the process of replacing broken parts is nigh unto impossible.  Take for instance replacing the power supply in the old Mac Pros.  First, finding one is tough…then replacing it takes about 60 – 90 minutes, during which time you have to break several plastic connectors and remove the entire cooling system.  On a Windows based system, it takes about 15 minutes, with little or no ‘resistance’ from the design.
  • I want to use a system that will be the same at home and work.  Since the market share of the Mac is still below 10%, why learn two systems?  I want my computer to be a tool, not a toy.
  • I really tire of the ‘it’s more user friendly’ argument.  This argument went out the window when Windows 95 came into existence.  I work as a trainer as well, and I can guarantee you that both platforms are confusing to the newbie…you find whatever you learned on to be the easier…or if you have Mac at home and Windows at work, which will you like more?  Obviously the one you use for FUN, not work!
  • The argument that the Mac gets fewer viruses ‘bugs’ me.  If I am a hacker, I want to go after the systems that are more likely to be in businesses and have a larger marketshare.  That would mean Windows.  Who wants to hack into a college student or an un-employed artist’s computer—not much to steal there.  So yes, there are more viruses in the Windows platform…but that doesn’t mean that the Mac OS is any more secure.  In fact, the Mac OS is the most unsecure of the three OSes.  At DEF CON (the largest conference for underground hackers), three systems are put up for ‘hacking’—a windows system, a mac, and a linux box.  If you hack it you can keep it.  The first to fall to the hackers is the Mac, then the Windows, then (maybe) the linux box.  If you want to claim the whole ‘security’ thing, you should be using Linux, not Mac!
  • Art people used to have to use a Mac to have access to the necessary Adobe products to do their work.  However, that is no longer true.  Since Adobe has gone truly cross-platform, there is no difference between using Photoshop on a Mac or on a Windows based system…so this no longer counts as a reason to ‘have to’ use a Mac.  Musicians still have a legitimate claim to the Mac…

You need to understand that you really can’t compare Apple to, say, Microsoft.  Apple creates the hardware AND software and are VERY protective of both.  This creates a very closed and stable eco-system.  However, there are few if any options for personalization of your system.  Microsoft, on the other hand, creates just the OS, and thousands of others create various aspects of the hardware.  This does create some difficulties in regards to getting things to work, since you’ve got so many ‘cooks in the kitchen’.  However, this also allows for thousands of variations of your computer, while the Mac comes in 2 or 3.

So there you have it…my rationale for disliking all things Apple…the arrogance, entitlement, and prestige personas of the Apple fanboys drives me nuts!

About

As a lifelong educator, I have worked extensively with both Macs and PC's. In addition, the last 26 years have been spent in the area of technology consulting, hardware repair, networking, database development and the like. Through these many different roads, I have come to have a high level of distain for the blind followers of all things Apple. Please do not assume that I am a blind follower of MS either. I have found that in dealing with most Apple users, the concept of logic is quickly pushed aside and in its place is a radical, cultish defense of all things Apple.