not only did Mapgate take some of the shine off the pretty Apple, now we learn that Apple is turning to the designers of Google Maps to flesh out iOS Maps. Wait....I'm confused. Didn't Apple drop Google Maps for their own map app? I'm sure there is room for speculation that Google may have forced their hand in doing so but still....
This is innovation?
Brain-picking those who have written the code that you shunned in the
first place? I won't make any snarky comments outside of what some
might perceive as a snarky post to begin with, but sheesh, Apple's
hubris is galactic in size, compared to their product, at least when
maps are concerned.
Look...the Apple vs
Android/Google/Samsung/YoMama spectacle has dominated the geeksphere for
quite a while now. It's given Bloggers and Pundits a reason to quit
drinking for a while and actually write something.
By the way I
am a blogger. If you were offended by that last sentence, please don't
run with scissors and adopt a puppy....they are good therapy.
have clearly been drawn and we've had fun taking swipes at each other
over which phone is best and trading blows with "Yur kit is teh suk".
iphone users have been accused of being mindless sheep and Android users
have been depicted as slovenly neckbeards who live in their mom's
basement and scratch themselves in pubi...I mean public.
the War of the Phones has gotten ugly. I have a good friend who owns
both phones. He's a Geek Extraordinaire and he loves gadgets. He
doesn't care who makes them...he is simply a fan of technology and wants
to explore and enjoy tech, regardless of who's name is on the shell.
is well-known and respected for who he is and what he does but
recently, he's encountered what many would agree to be a physical
threat. Why? Because he owns an iphone. It's to the point where he
doesn't want to attend a well known Android gathering because he's been
"outed" as an "isheep".
I've had my fun on G+, taking swipes at Apple and The Herd Mentality.
When a business owner who's business I frequent weekly, admits to me
he's buying an iphone 5 only because his friends will ridicule him if he
doesn't, well....that only lends credence to the whole isheep thingy.
I don't dislike him for his choice in a phone. I'm not going to stop
doing business with him just because I don't agree with his choice in
technology. And I sure as shit am not going to come anywhere close to
physical violence over it.
I don't like Apple, I despise Apple.
Steve Jobs was brilliant, but I don't care how smart Steve Jobs was. I
think Steve Jobs was a bully and a tyrant. I think Apple has come to a
point, as all smartphone manufacturers and designers have....unless they
are going to invent a way to implant our phones and computers inside of
our heads, innovation has pretty much peaked in the handheld device
category. "innovation" has plateaued and criticizing either
camp for the lack thereof is just a meaningless escalation of the argument.
believe what it all boils down to is ego. From the Sanctified Air of
the Corporate Boardroom to the checkout lanes of the local Tech-R-Us
stores, none of us want to be seen as "wrong" or "inferior" in our
choices of product or purchase decisions. But when we think that
physical confrontation is justified in order to defend our decisions,
then it's time to step back and re-evaluate the whole us-against-them
Yeah, I think this kind of behavior is hardwired into
us as humans, but so is logic and the ability to reason. I will
continue to point out the absolute over-the-top behavior of Apple, and
you will undoubtedly have some fun at my expense. That's OK, I put on
my big boy pants this morning so have at it.
But in the end, I
don't really think less of you for your choice in gadgetry, unless you insist on making it personal. When it
comes a time where we will only say to each other on line what we would
really say to each other face to face, I think we've reached a point
where our choice of phones won't really matter anymore.