Sunday, September 30, 2007

Apple firmware update 1.1.1 causes a stir online

Not so long ago, Steve Jobs wanted to change the world. Customer first. Profits second. Now a market leader in online music and stepping into the cellular realm, Steve Jobs has decided, along with Apple engineers, to dominate the world instead of changing it. This is what happened to the iPhone and its 'upgrade' which killed all development of third-party applications for the iPhone. It is one thing to stop phones from being unlocked, it is another to stop creativity and development of software applications. That's harsh.

Am I the only one seeing that Apple is becoming a monopolizing figure, signing exclusive deals, forcing customers to accept their way or the highway?

Apparently not...

PC World, "Apple is becoming the new Microsoft, at least in the monopoly way!"
Sunday, September 30, 2007 by MattMik

New York Times, "Joel Robison, a systems network engineer near Seattle, said his phone stopped working immediately after he installed the upgrade. He said that when he took it to an Apple store, he was accused of having unlocked the phone (he didn't)...“Their accusation was very damaging to my opinion of Apple’s service,” Mr. Robison said.
Saturday, September 29, 2007 by Katie Hafner

Salon, "If you care about your rights, don't buy an iPhone"
Friday, September 28, 2007

ZDNet, Apple’s growth, an unwinnable iPhone war and a reputation at risk...
Friday, September 28 2007 by Larry Dignan

Yahoo News!, This is the equivalent of Roger Ebert slamming a Scorsese movie, or Lester Bangs trashing the Beatles. Tired of being pushed around by Apple's greed and ham-fisted approach to locking down its hardware, gadget giant Gizmodo has brought down the hammer by giving the Apple iPhone a (rare) "don't buy" rating. Ouch, that smarts.
Saturday, September 29 2007 by Christopher Null

As you can see, these aren't off the beaten paths news updates. New York Times, ZDNet, Yahoo!, and other outlets all portray a negative image of Apple's "kill everyone's creativity" iPhone update.

The 'new' Apple is here. The think different, promote creativity company is now in the gutter.

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