Oh, I agree. I wasn’t intending to diss Apple. Well, tweak them a smidge, maybe. ;)
But no, I don’t have a problem with Apple. I do think they have a different …. approach, however.
Firstly, as a company, they do things their way. Don’t like it, don’t buy Apple. That isn’t necessariy a bad thing and what they aren’t is “me too”. They are, however, as hard-nosed as anybody, business-wise.
But what I really meant was they tend to put the emphasis on design and style, and on usability, but typically, at a price. If you’re looking for a budget brand, look elsewhere. As for the usability thing, it is something, again, of a double-edged sword (IMHO). Interface design is often very good from one perspective, that being ease of use, but the double-edge is that it can be very limiting. You pretty much have to go with the flow,and do things the Apple way. Personally, I usually don’t. I want to set things up the way I want them set up. My …. ethos, my philosophy if you like, of computing, jars a bit with the Apple mindset. It doesn’t suit me but that doesn’t mean I think it’s ‘wrong’ or that it isn’t perfectly valid for others to love it. I am certainly pro-choice, in that regard.
For a very long time, I was very much a Windows enthusiast. That started rubbing off when MS started (or to be fair, probably a bit after they first started) trying to tell users to do things the MS way. The deal-breaker of my trust in MS was when they started forcing auto-updates on Windows users, one of which was the infamous Windows 8 Start Menu debacle. That mindset continues with the Win 11 launch.
So, for the most part, I’ve migrated much of what I do to Linux. The upside is I get to decide how I want to do things to a far, FAR greater degree, but the downside is, well, it has …. ummm, a ‘learning curve’. To say the least.
Note - when I say I’m not anti-Apple, how many people do you know that aren’t on a select list of Apple employees, and yet have been invited into their (code-locked) prototype rooms? You now know one more. Yup, I went out to San Jose and had the guided tour, behind the locked doors that most Apple employees don’t even get inside. Was it interesting? Oh, hell, yeah. They had ….. lots of stuff I promised not to tell anybody about. And I’m not going to. :D