The marketing moxie of Apple continues to astound. In releasing the iPad, they have again retreated to a totally proprietary system while selling as a step to freedom. George Orwell would be proud. Like the early Macs, the iPad even runs a custom CPU – the A4. Apple has reasserted its absolute control over its customers.
Tom Foremski has a nice piece with his astute thoughts at ZDNet in Apple becomes more closed with each device… His article dovetails nicely with my previous iPhone post here. Apple went so far as to sue Psystar out of existence to keep Mac OS from being installed on non-Apple hardware. Apple isn’t just closed, they’re anti-open. Yet people who hate Microsoft won’t think twice about buying from Apple, which is way worse. That’s great marketing.
Far from the road to freedom, Apple is the road to total enslavement. Yet I have no doubt that the Apple fanboys will run right out and swallow the latest koolaid.
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