Originally Posted by AznDud333
in the long run it benefits
a world without apple= a world with less patent troll=more innovation
Actually, such a world could also = a world with cheaper devices, a world with more people that have devices, and a true "surround computing" world where technology is not bound by consumerism at all. We're only paying for technology because the mass-marketing companies which are preventing innovation are taking away the funds that competitors of all sorts could use towards "true innovation" like the integration of technology with households (which is something you only see in sci-fi movies even today), and siphoning them towards consumer devices that, once introduced, aren't really developed to the pace that satisfies me.
Cheers to you for the recognition
I always believed that if there were more freedom in the competitive market, the entire world could be moving forward faster in a way that supports society and in a way that can be supported by society as a whole. Unfortunately, that's not happening. Apple's practices and patent trolling may have started something nice but are keeping the entire human race at a stand-still.
Case in point, observe this image of the evolution of iOS vs Android:
Innovation is meant to move us as humans forward. Technology as something that could be subject to constant innovation and development shouldn't be falling to consumerism at all.
While Android OS might aptly be an example of consumerism in the way it was developed for (and is still mainly featured in) consumer smartphones and tablets, it is far more than just an OS for consumerist devices. We're seeing Android OS run not just Smartphones and tablets but little cheap PC boardslike Raspberry Pi, cars, TV media players, and in space (did you hear: NASA is using Android smartphones in their satellites!)... I can't pull it out of my head but there have been a ton of uses for it. and a whole bunch of other things with little specialization whatsoever. It's helping ensure that we as humans are seeing technology where it should really be in this modern world: EVERYWHERE.
If I could ask question, I would ask this: "Have you ever seen a satellite built around a technological device made by Apple?" And I wouldn't need to ask it, because the answer would be a most certain no, for three reasons:
- Apple seems to be more interested in selling their products and making money than having their technological "innovations" power spacecraft in a useful, creative and resourceful way
- NASA does not have any interest in Apple's devices because it is simply not possible to do that with the only things offered by Apple: devices for consumers.
Apple has been sitting back and being a hypocrite by saying that this is about values and not money, even though: 1. their claims transcend their own practices and 2. the money-hoarding makes the real purpose of their "innovation" absolutely obvious. They will only expand their horizons if they think that there is a market for it, and then they price their "innovative" products so highly that few people can take advantage of them. They price it so highly that it also drives up the cost of the competition as a whole because technology is suddenly a consumer market. And that's the truth - as a company, they really only care about making money off of the consumerists we have been turned into - you can see it in the way they close source their OS, start these patent wars, sue for billions of dollars and try to please their fans by claiming that it's all been about "values", hardly ever donate to charity, and so duefully practice hypocrisy (and manage to get away with it) in so many places.
Whatever claims about Apple being interested in innovation are simply untrue because that is simply not what Apple is interested in. Case in point: if Apple were truly interested in innovation and its purpose of bringing forward society, the attitude depicted through the quotes by Apple execs in this picture would be simply nonexistent.
Edited by xd_1771 - 9/2/12 at 8:09pm