I now know that I'm not the only person to have noticed that Apple seem to be changing, and not necessarily for the better. Recently I read two articles on Digg that really got me thinking about what road Apple are heading down. Once they seemed very consmer-centric, now they're acting more and more like a money grabbing evil empire in many people's eyes. Is Apple going rotten? iPod and iPhone: Are Apple giving up on it's users? Discuss. Personally I'll just highlight the thing that's been bugging me: I still don't see a single reason, aside from greed, why Apple are demanding (and getting) a cut of our phone plan for the privilege of using their hardware on it. The iPhone isn't subsidised like other phones, they are selling the hardware at a profit. It just means a worse deal for the consumer as we have to pay higher contract fees.