Criticism of Apple
This article documents criticism of Apple. Anyone is invited to contribute.
- 1 Popularizing non-replaceable batteries
- 2 Planned obsolescence
- 3 Patent tyranny
- 4 Form over function
- 5 Proprietary ecosystem
- 6 Scandals
- 7 Apple cult
- 8 Resources
Popularizing non-replaceable batteries
No entity has contributed more to the market transition to the great transition from user-replaceable batteries to non-replaceable batteries than Apple, a design trend that is by definition planned obsolescence.
Form over function
Apple is notorious for building devices in a way that discriminates functionality.
iPhones have historically been designed with sacrificing battery capacity for slim design, and many laptop computers (so-branded Macs) by Apple only have very few, sometimes only one port, making it heavily reliant on adapters.
In addition, the Apple Magic Mouse 2, a wireless computer mouse, has a charging port at the bottom and non-replaceable battery, making the device temporarily unuseable after running out of battery charge.
Many generations of Apple iPhones lacked functionality that had been present in the devices of competing vendors for years.
In addition, no iPhone so far had any of these features:
- Replaceable battery
- Navigation keys such as “Menu”, “Return”, “Tasks”
- MHL-to-HDMI (Mobile High-Devinition link) output
- Universal serial bus charging port
- File transfer over:
- WiFi Direct
- FM Radio receiver
- LED notification light
Although offering less functionality, Apple devices tend to cost more.
Apple takes measures to keep users trapped in their proprietary ecosystems. Such measures include:
Proprietary messaging services
Proprietary file systems
Most non-Apple mobile phones released between 2010 and 2015 use an USB-B-Micro charging ports, and USB-C since 2015.
In contrary, Apple has always used proprietary connectors in their mobile phones.
iPhones until the iPhone 4 (2011) use the iPod charging port while iPhones since the iPhone 5 (2012) use a connector branded as “Lightning”.
Proprietary communication protocols
1970 time bug
Water resistance hoax
Shortly after the release of iOS 7 in 2013, a photorealistic hoax infographic appeared on the anonymous image board 4chan, claiming that “advanced algorithms” introduced to iOS7 control the delicate circuitry in a way to prevent water damage.
Several users have destroyed their device getting fooled by the hoax.
Apple wave hoax
An internet hoax in the year 2014 has encouraged users to put their iPhone in a microwave oven to allegedly charge it within seconds.
Some iSheep have destroyed their devices getting fooled by the hoax.
Members of the Apple cult tend to devalue functionality on devices of other manufacturers while envaluing the same functionality if released often years later.
- “iPhone ad hoax tricked users into destroying thwir handsets” (TheGuardian on 2013-09-26)
- “The great iPhone massacre” — Short documentary movie by Internet Historian about several iPhone-related scandals
- [https://m.twitter.com/sweenz001/status/381774979672846337 Angry tweet by Twitter user Joe Sweeney (@sweenz001) after having destroyed his iPhone getting fooled by the iOS 7 water resistance hoax.