I have an iPhone. It cost a great deal of money. I wish it cost less, obviously, much less. I’m not stupid, after all.
There was a time when I believed iPhone offered the absolute best value of any smartphone. Now, at least for most users, I do not believe this. There are simply too many impressive, capable alternatives on the market, available for a lower price.
As a long-time Mac user, the value of the (mostly) seamless integration between Mac and iPhone, combined with the fact that I am American and the good Lord blessed me with a decent wage, keeps me in the iPhone fold.
That said, I can no longer recommend iPhone as the best value for those who dare ask my opinion. This gives me a tinge of sadness, I confess, because I really want to be able to recommend the product I use.
End of story, right?
Right now, the really big leaps in the smartphone market, the greatest innovations, are at the mid-tier and bottom-tier. Frankly, it’s incredible. Stunning. What you can get for $100, and especially for $300 is almost mind-boggling. The quality and reliability and sheer functionality and range of apps and depth of software of these devices is, frankly, one of the very best, most positive things that is happening in this world, connecting us all, empowering the once-marginalized, liberating the talents and abilities of children, women and men from across the world.
Yet, everyday over and over again, from fanboys and the Apple Echo Chamber, all I hear is sneering, classist, dismissive remarks about the companies that would create such a device and — and this just fucking pisses me off so bad — by those who would buy and use such a device.
What the fuck is wrong with all these Apple users?
That Microsoft and Intel are teaming up to make rather incredible mobile computing devices under $300 is something that we — humanity — should be joyful over! Instead, it’s the looking-down-their-nose sneering.
Only much much worse. And this is the part that makes me not just angry at these folk but I confess, at Apple as well, because I think it encourages such divisive thinking.
The echo chamber repeats ad nauseam how Apple won’t get in a “race to the bottom.” You know, because it’s nasty and bad down there. Fuckers. You even have Apple users, not Apple executives, ready to explain to you how “going down-market” would “harm the brand.”
Why the fuck do you care about the brand?
Apple is the richest company in the world, why are you so eager not just to defend them but to insist it would be wrong for the company to make a “cheap” iPhone?
We know why.
These people are not using Apple products because they are the best or offer the best value. Rather, they are using Apple products because of the status they believe it confers upon them.
Which is fucking weak.
And which enables the world’s richest company to avoid the very place where all the cool innovation is happening.
But, no. These lost souls and small minds who use Apple because they need to feel special would rather Apple make even more profits than do anything that just might lessen the “brand.”
And fuck does it piss me off.
My name is Brian. I use Apple products. I have an iPhone. I hope Apple goes down-market. I hope Apple makes a “cheap” iPhone. I hope the prices of iPhone and Mac drop radically. I am a fellow human and would rather the world have a low-priced iPhone than Apple Inc get even richer.
How could you not think the same?