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Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Apple Vs. The World (iphone 5 edition)
I have a bit of a reputation of bashing Apple, but I feel I’m a bit misunderstood. You see, I don’t hate Apple products. Apple make very nice devices, I feel they are way overprice for what you get, but that doesn’t bother me, I don’t buy them. What I don’t like is people who go insane over these devices. Not everybody is a rabid fanatic, you will find plenty of people with a lot of technical know-how that use Apple products simply because it works for them, and to that I say, “good on you! Keep doing what you’re doing.”
As of late there has been a lot of flak directed at apple for their new iphone 5. Some even from myself. Do they deserve it? Well, yes and no. Let me explain. On one hand, it is a very nice device, and a completely logical upgrade to the 4s. I’m sure it is designed and built with the same signature care and quality that Apple is known for. So in that respect, no they don’t deserve the criticisms they are garnering.
This is where it gets interesting, at least to me. Traditionally new technologies have always been market by way of what it does. I mean, that would be anyone’s first question when a new whirly-gig-o-rama comes out. What does it do? Along comes Apple and flips the script. They are not marketing on what it does, but what it means. What does it MEAN to have an Apple product? It means status, it means style, it means sophistication, it means taste. Having a shiny new iMac on your desk is just plain sexier than a plain beige or black box under the desk. They use words like “magical” in their adds. This strategy has help them sell products like gangbusters! Two million iphone 5 orders in 24 hours, that’s insane.
What burns bright never burns long though. There is only so many times they can say “revolutionary” before it starts to become meaningless. Apple is painting themselves into a corner, and thus they have started to get tepid responses from the people in the tech world. The early adopters. This is also where the poking fun at them comes in. The iphone 5 is good, possibly even great, but its not forged by Odin himself, and tempered with unicorn tears. So, in this regard yes, they absolutely deserve it. You reap what you sow.
So, how does this affect people? Well like I said, for a lot of people, not at all. They just use the damn things for what they need them for. However, there is a segment of the Apple buying population that have fostered a manic rabid devotion to the company. This is a direct result of the way Apple has done their marketing. I honestly think their marketing teams have been watching evangelical churches, and taking careful notes. In many ways Apple is no different from any other large corporation, they make, market, and sell products, just like everyone else. Yet they still stick out like a sore thumb, with countless wars waged on either side, all over the internet. I’ve never seen anything like it. All because some marketing genius on the part of Apple, technology as a status symbol.
Or maybe it’s just fate that Apple is destined to create controversy. Even in a post like this, where I’m simply trying to suss out why there is such a constant hoopla over this nonsense, people will probably fight and argue about whether I’m right, or completely off base. Hell, simply by writing this post I’m inadvertently jumping in to the fray.
Would you cry and throw a fit if you couldn’t get a new iphone? Would you trample and stampede your way into a store to get one, stepping on orphans and old ladies? Would you buy a new iphone simply because everyone else is?
Well then, I don’t like you, and I will continue to bash you and your ilk.
Are you going to buy a new iphone because you need a new phone? Or your contract is up? Or you’ve done some research on all the phones out and decided that it’s the best one for you?
Well then, I like you. Gimmie a hug!