Newsletter Issue #858: Focusing on Apple’s Flaws — Let Me Count the Ways

May 9th, 2016

As many of you regular readers know full well, there has long been an overemphasis on Apple’s real or perceived flaws. Why do this when they can do that instead? Why can’t Apple be more like other companies? Why is Apple acting too much like other companies? Wait! Isn’t that just a little contradictory? It should be one or the other, except for being a bit of both.

In any case, it’s easy to find people who will happily rant about what Apple could or should do, and why it’s making a huge mistake not to do thus and so.

Take the early days of the Mac, where Apple tried to carve its own space against Microsoft and the traditional PC. Many of the original complaints were about Macs using a pretty graphical interface, and the PC using a text-based interface, usually MS-DOS. Thus came the theory that real computers were supposed to be difficult to operate. If you believed in simplicity, you weren’t a real computer user. You were using a toy.

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