Apple bashing -why?
As a long time user of Apple products, I have to wonder why people come on here just to bash iPads and Apple? Fanboy being bounced around as an insult, or put down. I admire what Apple has done under Steve Jobs oversight, but I would never consider him as anything more than a highly skilled technology designer and salesman. I will say that both myself and my BIL talked about how we should buy up a lot of Apple stock when Jobs retook the helm in the 90s and the stock was at rock bottom. We just could not bring ourselves to borrow that much cash to invest with at the time. Our big regret.
I hate Microsoft's software, but it was Gates who bailed out Apple, even if it was to get rid of federal investigations in their monopoly of the market. And some of the hardware products they make, are better for my usage than the Mac versions. It seems that any company that is doing much better than its competition, is some evil monster.
The Flash thread that was deleted got nasty because there were those who could not excuse anyone who understood why Apple did not want to sell a product with Flash capability. The reality is that dispite years of trying, it was only when Apple brought out the iPad that a tablet computer was successful. Yet, there are too many people yelling, "Just wait until XXXXX comes out with their version. It has not happened, and it will years before decet competition happens. Just like the iPhone has dominated the market. And when people claim that Apple is not out to be the number one seller of any product, they do not understand. Look at the cell phone market. Apple was late to the game, but they brought out a product that totally stood the industr on end. As many iPhones as they have sold, they only hold about 4-5% of the market share. The other manufacturers sell a lot more phones. But because the iPhone is so much ahead of its competitors, that 5% of product share equates to 39% of the profit share Or put it this way, for every iPhone they make $20 profit while the major manufacturers like Nokia, LG, Motorola, etc only makes $.08. And the same way with the iPad, iPods, etc. They make enough of their products to sell at the sticker value, while the other manufacturers are cutting prices to a minimum.
I think that many people here should get a grip on life and not worry about what they think Apple should make. Apple will make what they think will sell. If they don't sell, they are the ones that has to live with it. Even if the majority of people do not buy Apple products, it is going to improve the offerings of every competing product.
Wow. It's almost like you expect a rational discussion. Where'd you get the idea that was possible? ;)
Just like the union guys who have to drive American - until I show em the door jam sticker in their vehicle "assembled in Canada". Then I show em the one in my nissian. America.
Point? It's a never ending war.
Then there's the question:"Why is there so much violence in this world?"
Passions and needs run deep in a being, deep enough to transgress fundamental laws of public behavior...
You must have gotten something completely different out of the Flash thread than I did. The really nasty replies (one in particular) didn't come from the side decrying the lack of Flash, but rather from the side "defending" Apple. Perhaps this is where the "fanboy" references get thrown in. People love their Apple products (I know I am quite fond of mine) and sometimes that level of adoration attracts the wrong crowd. Still, sometimes the opposite happens. As soon as people suggest how the products can be better they are looked at sideways because there is no way Apple could have made a poor decision. I don't think this is unique to Apple. Any company with a loyal user base probably sees much the same thing.
I believe there are some very good reasons to "bash" on Apple, although lack of Flash or any other feature on current devices isn't even close to the reason. Then again, those reasons should be well known to people by now and if they have a problem with Apple they should simply not buy the products and move on. I think it is just human nature to pick on the guy at the top, and right now that happens to be Apple. MS has gone through much the same thing over the years, as have GM, Toyota, etc.
Still, your point is well taken. This is a forum for actual users (or potential users) of the Ipad, and people signing on to simply stir the pot should perhaps move on to better things. As for me, I do own some Apple stock although looking back I wish I had bet the house on it. I hope Apple keeps on keeping on!
I cant speak for others in that thread, but my issues have less to do with Apple not supporting flash and more to do with their attempt to destroy flash and have it removed from the Internet. I understand they have good reasons for not supporting it, their hardware is just not fast enough - it can be a resource hog.
As for "bashing", I dont think there is any mega company out there that is going to be honest about issues like this. The fact that I like some of Apple's products doesn't mean I think they are some benevolent entity. They play hardball just like everyone else. Steve Jobs' top priority is increasing the wealth of the shareholders and that will be done at any expense - just as it would be done at Microsoft, Sun, Oracle, Dell, HP, or any other mega-company.
I am a member of an organization that teaches it's members to subdue their passions, but sometimes I don't do a very good job at it!
Originally Posted by iVan
I was at a panel discussion Monday with an upper employee of Apple and Google both in attendance answering questions. I will say this, Google indicated they weren't thrilled with Flash either and would also push for HTML5 development, specifically because of how it runs on mobile devices compared to Flash. I think Google just isn't as vocal against Flash as Apple but is definitely behind the shift, also.
Originally Posted by pallentx
Just my take on it.
Frustrations with flash go back at least 10 years, but there has never been such a push to destroy it like I have seen since Apple and Adobe had their recent, public dispute.
Originally Posted by jkhonea
Pointing out where you are disappointed with a company is not "bashing". I see the same kind of marketing spin used at my own company and I enjoy working here and being a part of it. I just want people to see it for what it is and not just put on our rose-colored glasses because we love Apple and they can do no wrong.
Sorry, I think those kinds of personal attacks are completely out of line and show the debater has nothing else to offer but a cheap shot. The irony of course is that they don't even know if the person they are attacking is really an Apple supporter. I don't even own a single Mac, for instance.
Originally Posted by DaveSt
Plenty of people in that thread disagreed without taking it to this kind of level: "Apple fanboys does not equal intelligent debate."