My Stance On Apple

George Orwell said, “‘he that is not with me is against me“. Hilary Clinton (after 9/11) said, “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us“. Matthew 12:30 says “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” George W. Bush said, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”… OK, maybe that’s too far. But isn’t that really the attitudes of those on either side of the Apple/PC war? Generally, you’re either an “Apple fan-boy” or you despise Apple. But that’s the problem with “generalities”.

The line is not so cut and dry with my relationship(?) with Apple.

I believe in being well-rounded in technology. You should not necessary grab onto one single technology and not be open-minded about others. That’s just being ignorant. Apple “fan-boys” are ignorant and those staunchly opposed to Apple are ignorant.

For the record, I have (or had) an original “Bondi Blue” iMac G3, a 2G Apple TV, an iPod, several iPhones (3GS, 4, 4), and a beautiful 13″ MacBook Pro (unibody).

Apple iPhone

I like things that just work. For a phone, that means no fuss, no “hacks”, no tweaking. For me, that’s been the iPhone. I don’t want to root my phone. I don’t want to download random apps to make functionality work. As a tech guy, I realize I may be in the minority in this area… But I want my phone for 4 reasons (in order of priority): 1) Text, 2) Browse the web, 3) Email, 4) Make a phone call. I want to leave customizing technology to my computer and websites. My phone just needs to work and have a clean/simple interface.

As an example of my bi-partisanship(?) with technology, I’ve gone back and forth debating whether I wanted to upgrade to a Droid 2 (when they came out) and, most recently, a Samsung Galaxy S III. (Right now I’m holding out for Windows Phone 8). I’m getting a little tired of looking at the same Apple interface (that works, it does) – but if I can find something else in the Android or Windows arena that works, I would have no problem switching. Up until the last year or so, nothing has been able to touch what the iPhone 4 has.

MacBook Pro

The price of Apple products is definitely an issue for many people. Most Apple computers are several hundred dollars more than a comparative PC – it’s just how it is. However, my MacBook Pro was actually a great deal – which is why I bought it. Again, I always want something that works for me – I’m not all that concerned with brand name. In August 2009 I was in the market for an ultra portable powerful laptop. I previously had a 17″ Dell laptop. It was huge and impractical to carry around. I didn’t want an anemic net-book. I needed something that could be a desktop replacement and very easy to throw in a camera bag and carry around. At that time, the market was small for sub-15″ powerful laptops. Anything from Sony or Dell was nearly $2,000. I got my MacBook Pro for $1,300. Hundreds LESS than a PC equivalent. (Even better, I sold it 3 years later for a loss of only a couple hundred dollars. Awesome.)

I’m a fan of things that, simply-put, WORK for me.

For about a month I tried OS X – I wanted to learn it, master it and use it. I couldn’t. I couldn’t do the things I needed to do that I could on a PC. Windows 7 had been released in July. I NEEDED to install it and use it as the main OS on this laptop. At the time, this wasn’t supported by Apple or BootCamp – and no one online seemed to try. My distaste for OS X forced me to try it – and what do you know, it worked! (See photo) Now I had the best of both worlds – awesome hardware (the MacBook Pro) and an awesome shiny new OS (Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit). I only sold it because I knew I could get a considerable amount of money for it – especially before the new line of MacBook Pro’s came out in late spring of 2012.

APPLE AS A COMPANY

I get what Apple does with their OS’ – and can appreciate the simplicity and “ease” of use – to an extent. As consumers, we get the choice to buy Apple products. If we want to pay an exhorborent amount for something, we can.

I don’t, however, especially love Apple as a company. I think Steve Jobs was grimy. He created a company that plays dirty – with the restrictions they force on the users (ala computers that can’t easily be upgraded, limited OS’, etc.) and their God-like patent status and lawsuits. Most troubling is the amount of hype they build into a material thing. These lavish and highly secretive product launches add the allure and fascination with the company and it’s creations. Apple molds a mindset of desire – you HAVE to have this new phone. Christians should be especially weary. Check out Mark 4:19, Luke 16:13, Luke 12:15, among others.

Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.