Originally Posted by Euphonious
Dilger, why are you obsessed with perpetuating this narrative that analysts and the media have it in for Apple? Every 'editorial' is crammed with 'evidence' that the media downplays Apple's successes and accentuates its failures, and that the opposite is true for Android manufacturers.
Frankly you seem to have something approaching an obsession with Google and Android OEMs.
Wow. Just Wow.
When presented with example after example of the press' and analyst's misreporting of fact and creation of failure scenarios all you can deduce is a DED obsession. Perhaps we need someone who can cogently string together an accurate picture and report on it. Thanks DED, your insight is sorely needed and I appreciate your research and consistency of presentation.
I am quite amazed at what appears to be a groundswell of hostility towards Apple. Just think about it for a moment. It's the American dream come to life. A rags to riches story of national proportion. A company started in a garage, beaten down every step of the way, making good and still functioning despite what appears to be a large group of people just itching for it to fail. Let's connect some of the dots here.
Conspiracy theory aside, it is known that Apple does not subscribe to a business model that rewards 3rd party sales people selling its product. It is also known that the competition does provide kick-backs (called sales incentives) as part of their normal business model. Apple has consistently gone up against cell company greed, forcing them to share some of their exorbitant monthly rates by subsidizing the cost of the phones. Forcing low-price unlimited data, though this has been largely undermined by unprecedented demand for more data capacity that the cell infrastructure is only now beginning to get in front of, and gave the cell companies a marketing excuse to wiggle out of. Apple providing a ecosystem-wide alternative to SMS again cutting into cell company margins, although this time, in an area that was near zero cost for the cell companies to support (using existing tower maintenance bandwidth).
Apple has made a lot of enemies along the way. Sure, "Haters gonna hate" but public facing sales people who must denigrate the iPhone in order to justify the sales they push that send their kids to college find ears only too willing to believe. Analysts, demanding growth in all phases of product cycles, set unreasonable targets in a rapidly maturing business. Cell companies become fearful of the power that Apple has wielded in the past, that has led them kicking and screaming to a business model that has actually benefited their customers (that's you and me folks). Now that the cell companies have a stronger footing they want to undo a lot of that work and greedily pull in more bucks for their still world-trailing service.
And then there's the government. Oh boy!
Government wants a piece of the action. Apple says emphatically "no" and continues to use existing tax rules to pay the minimum that it legally can. Backlash ensues. It suddenly becomes a reasonable thing, in the eyes of the popular press, to pay the government more than is required by law. As if tthe government were some charitable organization that would do more good works if only they had more money (now who believes that?). Suddenly it becomes popular to bash Apple (who is the largest single tech contributer to the government's coffers) for not paying more in taxes to a government that cannot or will not even provide basic protection for Apple's IP and business model. So what does the government do? Actually I've no idea what they do but suddenly there's a major anti-trust case that appear to be completely unreasonable, headed by what appear to be a politically motivated judge, coming to conclusions that do not pass tests of reasonableness and a whole bunch of states champing at the bit to make the pie bigger (that's to benefit you and me too, right?).
Sure Apple's no angel. Heck they're in business. But they are the ones that brought me powerful UNIX-based computing engines and let me carry them in my pocket. They are the ones that supported those engines with an amazing software eco-system. They were the ones who acted as a buffer to rein-in monopolistic cell phone, entertainment, and publishing companies. They make their money largely by keeping us, the customers, happy and I would rather trust that as a motivation than commoditizing companies like Samsung or any number of companies who have to tell me that they're not evil.
What a shame Schmidt got greedy and tried to horn in on Apple's business. Apple and Google as a team could have created an incredible tech future instead of providing such a distraction and a fertile ground for the legal system to get rich.
Time to get behind the company that is making it its business to provide us with resources to run our lives more productively and say a resounding "no" to disinformation and the companies who spend so much money to spread it.
OK rant-off for now. I'm going out to buy more popcorn and hide behind my sofa with my thumb in my mouth.Edited by softeky - 4/26/14 at 3:11pm