Apple announces that they’re doing an iPhone.
Apple announces that they’re building the phone to exclusively work on the AT&T network.
Apple announces that they’re not allowing third party applications on the phone.
So people force third party apps on the phone and force the phone to work with T-Mobile.
Apple updates the software for their phone that they control entirely, from the network down to the applications. Not surprisingly, this breaks many phones for people who have done stuff to them that Apple doesn’t support.
And that’s Apple’s fault? The logic train has derailed here, people. We’re dealing with spoiled tech enthusiasts who weren’t given it all, tried to take it, and got tripped up in the process.
This isn’t an Apple problem. This is a user error.
For those — like Leo LaPorte — who have fooled themselves into thinking they’ve bought a computer (Newton II?) and are thus being treated unfairly in this cruel cruel world in a way that no other technology or industry could possibly ever treat its customers, I give one counterexample: The TiVo. Locked down box. Toy with it at your own risk. Modified computer. Monthly subscription fee that you’re locked into, lest the thing became a near total brick And an even slower history of adding new features.
They void the warrantee on that if you do so little as add a hard drive or expand the extant one. If the next service upgrade — which is PUSHED DOWN without your explicit authorization — breaks the machine, then it’s your problem, not theirs.
Where’s all that outrage about personal liberties being violated?
(Pictured above right: iPod Touch 8 Gig. Nobody’s hacked that puppy yet.)