"What is it about Apple and its success that makes people so angry?"

#Opinion

Tue, Jan 29th, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Marco Arment, who you may know as the creator of Instapaper, examines the deep-seated anger non-Apple users have for Apple and its products. Yet, he notes, "the reverse -- Apple fans leaving angry comments on pro-Android articles -- is almost completely absent from the sites I've seen." In his essay, Marco tries to find out "what is it about Apple and its success that makes people so angry."

[...] a good portion of geeks care strongly about areas in which Apple is less "open" than its competitors. Apple's opinionated design restricts its customers, usually because Apple believes that the result of being more permissive would be worse overall, including increased risks of security exploits, malware, and manual system maintenance. Generally, Apple tries to protect users from complexity, side effects, and technical ugliness of their choices, but they're also always looking out for Apple's own interests first. It's a benevolent dictatorship.

Where Apple says "You can't do that because we think that would suck," Microsoft and Android usually say, "You can do whatever you want, even if it sucks." They give users more control with endless possibilities to create problems, and it's up to the users to tolerate or fix any resulting problems themselves. Google and Microsoft are platform libertarians: you're generally free to do much more, but you're on your own when it breaks.

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