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Old Dec 28, 2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Fallacy: "If you don't like Apple, don't buy" - Fallacy of escaping the walled-garden

I am sick to my teeth, when reading of complaints of Apple's new direction, some joker comes along and says, "If you don't like the product, don't buy it".

Until you realise that those pat arguments apply to operating systems where there is freedom of movement, but not to walled-gardens, of which Apple is the master of creating benevolent Iron Curtains.

When Tom Hank's character is stranded on a deserted island, and he's sick of the island, imagine saying to him: "If you don't like the island, don't stay here" (before he found the sail).

This doesn't take into account that Apple, for more than a decade, has been doing everything - that comes from the resources of $120 million cash pile - to design a wall that you cannot climb out of.

If you say to a user of Microsof Windows -- if you don't like that Samsung laptop, don't buy.

The phrase "don't buy" is short for "don't buy this one; choose one of the other options".

It is inappropriate to fob off someone by saying, "don't buy" - when, inside OSX, Apple is the only one making hardware.

OSX is the wall of the garden. The over-grown mess of Windows 8 means the garden, walled, is the logical place to stay.

I think there are two options Apple could have taken, and we know which one it has taken:

(1) Go for the option that makes most money, and stuff everyone (can't please everyone) who wants hardware options that don't make Apple tons of money, e.g. no matte, anti-glare screens for all Apple desktop hardware.

(2) The responsible citizen approach where Apple realise that, having created an OS where it is a walled-garden, and they are the only suppliers of hardware, they have a responsibility - particularly with $120 billion cash - to offer hardware options that smaller segments of user community need for their work, e.g. non-reflective, non-glossy screens for desktop hardware.

When Apple takes the approach of taking only one design approach per genre - e.g. all-reflective screens for desktop hardware - and says we're only going to make hardware for the majority -- plus, Apple works most diligently on the wall around the garden ... the point of this post is to say, we don't need people coming and saying, "If you don't like Apple, don't buy".

It's sicking when people in the majority just fob off the minority with patronising comments.
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