October 25, 2014

Why I Don't Hate Apple

Being an Android user,  most people automatically assume that I hate Apple. While I’m not an Apple fangirl and don’t currently own any Apple products, I don’t hate the company in the least.  Apple is incredibly innovative, no one can argue that. Both the iPod and iPhone changed the way people looked at their respective markets.  The change the iPhone brought about in the smartphone market paved the way for platforms like Android.

So why do some choose to hate Apple?  I think for most people it boils down to Apple’s recent tendency to close their platform.  All iPhone apps must going through an increasingly subjective review process and developers just don’t know if their creations will be allowed on the iPhone.  Unfortunately, they have to put in the work to creating the app before they find out.

This decision to control what goes onto their phone is not necessarily bad or evil, it’s business. Their reasons are twofold, one I agree with, one I don’t.  One reason they keep such a tight rein on what apps can be sold to their consumers is performance.  They don’t want apps that will drain the battery and slow things on the phone down.  I’m completely fine with this stance, though personally I would prefer to determine what I’m willing to sacrifice performance for and what I’m not.

Another reason for their dictatorial approach is moral in nature. Apple doesn’t want their phone to be associated with anything they deem morally questionable.  While I can understand this from a PR perspective, as a consumer it simply makes me roll my eyes. The phone has a browser, people can access what they want from there so this seems like a bit of a futile effort to me.

Because Apple’s desire to control conflicts with my own control freak tendencies,  I can’t ever see myself getting an iPhone but I’m glad that it’s out there.  The competition it gives Android means I can continue to expect the excellent upgrades to the platform that we have been seeing.  Without this competition Google wouldn’t have as much incentive to work as quickly.  In the end, I get a better product because of Apple.  Who can hate that?