Arrogant Apple 
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 03:34 PM
Apple, the maker of the iPhone and other gorgeous products that are wonderfully easy to use, has over the years gathered quite the reputation for arrogance. I grew up using Macs, and still own an Apple laptop, but over the years their business practices have come to grate me more and more.

First, let’s go back to the days of the Mac clone, which Apple used in an attempt to increase market share. Several companies launched with their sole product being Mac clones. As the development of the next generation of processor came into view, excitement built among consumers and business partners. This is when Steve Jobs broke into the picture, shouted “SUCKERS,” and announced to Apple business partners that he would not license the next chip model, the G3 (or the next OS, MacOS 8). Macintosh Clone companies, such as Power Computing, found themselves without a business future and Apple was able to snap up Power Computing for a bargain price.

More recently, Apple fraudulently backdated the dates on stock options granted to executives. What is this fraud? Because when companies give stock as compensation they get a tax write off based on the current value of the stock. If I’m going to give someone 200 shares anyways, why don’t I pretend that I gave them the shares three months ago when stock prices were higher so that I can get a bigger tax write off. The only problem is that this is patently illegal. Interestingly enough, Apple admits Steve Jobs knew about this and even recommended dates, but then contended he wasn’t culpable because he didn’t directly profit from these illegal acts. No, only the company he owns stock in profited.

And now, we have the case of Safari for Windows. Not content to allow users to intelligently choose where or not to install Safari, Apple pops up a “Software Update” dialogue for users who already have iTunes or QuickTime installed. This “update” then updates your computer with brand new software. To make matters worse, Safari has several known critical security bugs, one of which Apple has arrogantly refused to patch. In one security breach known as the carpet bomb flaw, a malicious website can download files to your desktop without your permission. Apple’s response? This is an “inconvenience” that they’ll patch when they feel like, but it’s not a security hole because they say it’s not.

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