Fallacy: "If you don't like Apple, don't buy" - Fallacy of escaping the walled-garden

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by katewes, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    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.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    What they mean by "don't buy" is-
    If the product is not what you are looking for, don't buy it. Buy one that you are looking for, be it the next generation or one of the previous generations. If I think the battery on the iPad Mini is poor, I won't buy it.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    I do think the "buy something else" dismissive behavior is rude and annoying, and somewhat wrong. However, companies do tend to stick their hands into anything they think their customer might be interested in. See IBM, Xerox, Google, Microsoft, et all. Just because you like Macs doesn't mean you have to buy everything that Apple makes.

    There are times where it sucks not having an option, like with the notebooks. Then again, I think glossy vs matte is actually extremely overblown, and that's with myself preferring matte screens.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    People, up to now, fail to realize that Apple– who only makes a handful of products in their categories– creates products that don't suit them. They'll continuously bash Apple.

    And because they haven't realized that people are different and have different expectations of a product, they'll bash the people buying Apple product. Calling them "blind followers" and "sheep". So if someone says "don't buy it", its another way of saying that "Don't bother complaining because the product is not for you."

    Anyways, thats what I think people mean.
  5. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    It's Never A Good Night To Have A Curse
    That only applies to people who have yet to buy into the...oh god...ecosystem. Like if you're out shopping for a new cell phone, and haven't committed to a single platform yet, then you really don't have much room to complain. If you don't like it, nothing is forcing you to buy it.

    But if you've bought in, have a ton of apps, and Apple starts making changes you don't like, then it's flat out annoying having some idiot say "well if you don't like it, move to Android".

    ...and what? Have to port over all my files, retailor everything I've set up, and eventually lose access to all the apps I've bought? Because they think Apple knows best, and I have no room to complain?

    Contrary to what the recent plague of Apple Hater Accusers believe, some people complain about products they otherwise like because they want their platform to do more than it's currently capable of.
  6. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Apple or any other company doesn't owe it to you to build your perfect device. There is no way that Apple or any other company can meet every single person's unique requirements.
  7. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Back in the day...Let's say a decade the "walled garden" argument was sort of a valid one. Now? Not really...Platform crossing apps ( Itunes for one) make it a lot easier for people who don't want / can't afford Mac's to join the Apple eco-system.

    I don't knock Windows, Android etc. If people wish to use them then fine by me. My entire workflow is Apple based, and it would cost me just as much to replace everything in order to cross over to Windows as it does to maintain my Apple products.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)

    That, I agree.
  9. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I've always used tech from different companies. Being 'loyal' to a company is something I refuse to do, walled garden or not. I don't think I would be satisfied if I replaced my devices with Apple's entire line up, as I think quite a lot of Apple's popular stuff actually sucks in comparison to the competitor.
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007

    It's not so much a case of loyalty to Apple - although I can't deny that's in there - but rather that I so much prefer Apple's OSX and its gorgeous design of its hardware.

    Hence, when Apple stuffs some of us up by not having matte screens, or removing DVD drives, or dumbing down the OS, it's not a simple matter of saying I'll just switch to Windows.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    And how is complaining on a forum going to change anything?
  12. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    What they really mean is: "I am absolutely fine with exactly the thing you are complaining about. You are wrong, but you won't listen to any argument, and I've had enough of arguing about it. ". Lots of irrational complaints are coming from people who are not buying anyway.
  13. macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Why do you think it is a walled garden?
    Following your analogy, some gardens have different flora and fauna, and people allergic to them.

    You get into it only if you want to, no one is forcing you to do anything.

    You are just limiting the forum complaint to your own and particular point of view.
    iMacs are not the only desktops that you can buy from Apple.
    If you want a non-glossy monitor, buy one, or apply something on the glass to make it non-glossy.

    Have you wrote to Apple asking for what you want?
    Have you talked with the Apple employees at the Apple stores?
    Used the social networks?
  14. macrumors 68040

    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    OS X is not the walled garden you think it is.

    iTunes content is available on Windows.
    Most OS X apps are also available on Windows.
    It's pretty trivial to get your data off the mac and into Windows.

    And contrary to the trolling you may see, Windows 7 is a SOLID operating system. Stability wise better than OS X in my experience.
  15. macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    This entire argument boils down to the differing perspectives regarding innovation and production. Some companies believe that in order to produce a satisfying product that you must do consumer research and then incorporate consumer opinions and desires into the finished product. In other words, "give them what they want... and they will be happy".

    Apple was solely run by Steve Jobs and even though he is now gone the company is run by people who still believe in his philosophy. Jobs didn't care what the public wanted. In fact he believed that the consumer didn't really know what he wanted until you showed it to him. Job's definition of innovation was to bring to the public something that they didn't know they needed or wanted, but after seeing and using knew that they couldn't live without.

    Being an Apple fan means that you have to accept this belief system and the limitations that come with it. Historically, Apple has hit the mark with things like the mouse, iPod, iTunes, and iPhone. In other areas you could argue that they have missed the mark and some areas like the Apple TV are still yet to be decided.

    The point is that being an Apple user means that you are willing to accept the fact that they are not going to "take your opinion" on what they should do and are definitely not going to make a product around your specific tastes. They are going to do what they want to do, innovate how they see fit, and push the boundaries they want to push. What this means is that sometimes I will be truly amazed where as other times I might be a little disappointed. In those areas where you are disappointed, you simply find a work around. Can this be frustrating to those that are Apple users, but still want choices? Sure it can, but it is what it is and it is not going to change any time soon.
  16. macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Mac OSX is not a walled garden. You can install whatever you want on it it doesn't have to come from the App store.

    The App store is there to help smaller devs increase visibility (look what it did for Pixelmator) and give users a safe place to buy and shop for software. You can install software from anywhere you want though.

    Houdini, Modo, Corel Painter, Photoshop, Unity, and a slew of other programs I use are not in the app store but they're on my machine.

    As for the "If you don't like Apple don't buy it" thats actually solid advice. I don't care for Windows so I rarely use it and wouldn't buy a machine with Windows on it.
  17. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    But the only way to get Apple to change is to quit buying their new stuff if it bothers you so much.
  18. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    After having used apple products all my life, I didn't find it very hard to intergrate a samsung tablet into my ecosystem. There were few ios features/apps that I couldn't find an android equivilent for :)
  19. macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I think a big part of the argument has to do with things like Final Cut Pro and its related apps. A lot of businesses and individuals built their operations around a piece of software that Apple then decided to completely change, and others, eliminate altogether.

    In pure terms, Apple doesn't owe the people their software, but that doesn't mean that it's the "right thing to do" to go completely off the deep end with a product like that. Same thing goes for the OS. I have thousands of dollars invested in apps. I haven't been a fan of the most recent OSX releases, as they are going towards an iOS feeling, which I don't want on my desktop. But switching means losing a good number of the apps I have purchased.
  20. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    When you buy from vendors with proprietary products, that's what you get. Vendor lock-in. Then when the vendor moves on or moves in a direction you don't like : You're stuck.

    Live and learn.

    While I use Macs, most of my files use open formats that are multi-platform. That way, if Apple even decides not to ship hardware that pleases, well I'm off to Dell or Sony or HP or whatever other vendor and lost none of my data.

    The lesson here is : buy the hardware as long as it suits you, but don't buy into closed ecosystems. OS X is a 100% UNIX system, it can open/read/write open formats, stick to that instead of the crud Apple sells in its iTunes store.
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    The walled garden is real IMO.

    But I'm okay with it as Apple has made the experience a top priority. If that should change then it would be a problem.

    And the experience they've targeted is seamless integration between phone, tablet, laptop/desktop.

    And decent incentive with the App Store as that 70/30 is working out pretty well for both apple and the developers. So programming remains strong. And again the app requirements (interface, etc) that the walled garden brings keeps those apps solid.

    It seems to me anything android related is, overall, fractured.
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    I believe your statement "I'm ok with it" hits it on the nail. That's how I feel mostly about Apple. It is ok. Actually, it's great. And that is the definition of a walled garden, when most things are ok, such that you cannot leave because most things are ok.

    e.g. when using Windows PC for corporate work, when I was using a Hewlett-Packard, most things were ok, but I didn't like a small aspect, so I switched to IBM Thinkpads. Outside of a walled garden, we can switch for small reasons. But with Apple, you can't switch for small reasons. It'd have to be a massively big reason for you to switch. And Apple takes advantage of us because of that.
  23. macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels
    I remember buying Logic 8 a few years back for $800. Back then even $800 was a really good value proposition for a DAW suite because it competed with Pro Tools, which cost about $2000 - Apple was undercutting Avid by a lot. With 9, they dropped the price to $200. Everyone's been waiting for Logic X but it's not really a priority for Apple.

    This is pretty much expected because Apple's strategy of devaluing software to sell hardware has been pretty consistent
    • Dropping pricepoints on their OS and first party products
    • Shifting Final Cut to a Prosumer focus
    • Commoditizing mobile software

    As long as their hardware is flying off the shelf, expect software for iOS and OS X to continue to degrade over time. Apple has no reason to care about software - it doesn't make much of a profit off it and has historically applied downward pressure on the price of sw to push hardware sales.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Roll back the clock a few years and this is precisely the response that Dos/Windows users would give to Mac users for not switching.

    For myself, I have been thinking about a laptop, but looking at the MBP pricing and lack of upgradablity, I am seriously considering that my next purchase will be for a Linux-based machine.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2008
    Apple - hardware holds the OSX hostage
    Micro$oft - OS holds the hardware hostage
    Linux/Unix - still using archaic command line (based on early limited ascii)

    In 2012 it is all a bad deal for the consumer.

    I am sure plenty will disagree but that is just my take on the matter having come from early days of DOS, Win, OS2, Win/Lin and then OSX.

    I'll admit I must be getting old as some of the "change" I see in OSX is not to my liking nor the hardware. However, I'll remain with OSX with virtual to run XP or 7 for the 3 apps that are not found on the OSX side. This has been my best compromise and works about as well as it can.

    As for iOS, mixed bag. Nothing I dislike more than having to put on glasses to see the menus on both iPhone and iPad. On the iPad, given the real estate of the screen, one would think when you went into music, the menu options on the bottom could be made with larger and bolder fonts. Here, its form over function. I am not alone on this and as we know, Apple's motto was taken from Ford - you can have any colour you want, as long as it is black.

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