Update: Excuses on iPod virus not credible

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    How true that is...

    In general I find this whole fiasco rather humorous. Does anyone know how much risk this posed to Windows users? They'd need to mount the iPod as a disk and launch the application without ever having done a restore, right?

    This is a sign of weakness in Windows, no doubt about it. Apple took the wrong approach in their statement though. Blaming Microsoft for the problem just looks bad. Saying that Apple didn't have the experience to know what kind of resources it took to try and maintain a few Windows machines on their production line would have made the point while still accepting blame.
  3. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    I hardly think they "blamed" Microsoft. More that they made a light-hearted geeky comment about how Windows gets viruses. They're always trying to sell sell sell...
  4. Snowy_River macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    I completely agree.

    Also, McD's providing one link is better than Apple providing several? Huh.
  5. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    No, it was smug, and it was trying to push some of the blame to MS. Truth is that most of the world can ship Windows compatible stuff without packaging viruses with it, and Apple blew it. Lamenting the amount of effort required to prevent transmission would have been ok, but Apple should have stood up and acknowledged that they blew it.
  6. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I've said this before and I'll say it again: we need to hold Apple's feet to the fire.

    No one ever improves by not taking responsibility for everything that happens in their life. When you start attacking others you lose all power.

    Who's with me on HOLDING APPLE'S FEET TO THE FIRE? We need to start an official site that goads Apple to best practices in the face of quality control issues like this one.
  7. iJaz macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2004
    How is this not taking the blame for what happened?

    I followed a link on the page and found this:
    "For the second week in a row, independent security researchers have fixed a hole in Microsoft Corp.'s software." Maybe the "Redmond virus scanning expert offers to help clean up iPod mess" should take care of his own stinking products...
  8. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    There was a better way Apple could have made the point. By apologising for the error, then emphasising that only Windows users were effected since there are no known viruses for OSX the message could have come across without being tainted by blaming others. The response Apple actually gave would be fine on a weblog, but for a $70bn company it just looks very unprofessional.
  9. cwt1nospam macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2006
    Truth is that if Windows weren't so completely vulnerable, there wouldn't be a virus. It's also true "that most of the world can ship windows compatible stuff without packaging viruses with it, but not all of the world. Apple isn't the first to accidentally ship a Windows virus and they won't be the last. The blame for that lies squarely on Microsoft for producing such a shoddy OS.

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