As you may know from previous posts, I’m not really a Mac zealot. In fact I’ve never owned an Apple computer myself. I have used them at work, and I’ve always liked having them around just for the sake of competition. It actually was an Apple IIc that got me ‘into’ computers. When I was eleven, a friend of mine’s dad had one and we taught ourselfs Basic just so we could write little games and apps to play with. Fond memories indeed.
Asides from the obviously superior design of some Macs, I just feel there’s little to lure me there. OSX annoys me at least as much as Vista does (which is not much btw), and since the innards are identical nowadays I see no reason for me to switch. Especially not when Apple itself, the company I mean, is bugging the hell out of me.
App Store controversy
It was one thing to stereotype PCs in those terribly unfair “Hi, I’m a PC” commercials, but its the way they’re managing the iPhone’s App Store that’s really making my neck hairs stand on end. Ryan Block of Engadget has written a brilliant post about the many ways in which Apple is screwing (potential) iPhone application developers. Basically, they can kill your app at any time, and without a proper reason. And there’s an NDA keeping you from talking about it if that happens. Ouch. Required reading for every Apple user imho.
Uh oh, a keynote speech
Apple also has a tendency to screw loyal customers by selling them a product one day and then, without warning, introducing its vastly superior successor the very next day. I know at least two people who bought a dual G5 rig that cost more than my car weeks before Apple announced the switch to Intel processors. Remember how they tried to convince us those were slow in the ‘snail’ commercials? Funny thing how the Intel Macs were touted as being twice as fast…
Gotte love ‘em. right?
I guess that ‘gotta’ part is the most important thing keeping me from switching to Mac. Everybody keeps telling me I should. Fanatically an frequently. With more passion than a mere tool should invoke imho. And I don’t like being told what to do. I like to think differently. I like openness. I like to make up my own mind. I guess I’ll be getting that Android phone to go with my Windows PC. Call me a rebel…