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Criticism of Apple

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This article documents criticism of Apple. Anyone is invited to contribute.

Popularizing non-replaceable batteries[edit]

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.

Planned obsolescence[edit]

Patent tyranny[edit]

Form over function[edit]

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.

Poor functionality[edit]

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:
    • Bluetooth
    • NFC
    • WiFi Direct
  • FM Radio receiver
  • LED notification light


Although offering less functionality, Apple devices tend to cost more.

Proprietary ecosystem[edit]

Apple takes measures to keep users trapped in their proprietary ecosystems. Such measures include:

Proprietary messaging services[edit]

Proprietary file systems[edit]

Proprietary plugs[edit]

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[edit]


Reception issues[edit]


1970 time bug[edit]

Water resistance hoax[edit]

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.[1][2]

Several users have destroyed their device getting fooled by the hoax.[3]

Apple wave hoax[edit]

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.[2]

Apple cult[edit]

Members of the Apple cult tend to devalue functionality on devices of other manufacturers while envaluing the same functionality if released often years later.


Related articles[edit]

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