Apple as the underdog poked a little fun at Microsoft in the classic “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” television commercials. Karma has smiled upon Apple since the return of Steve Jobs in 1997, but as the rule “What goes around, comes around” implies, karma can be a bitch. The latest episode pits Apple against nemesis Samsung.
Of Bent Phones And Karma
Karma is loosely defined as the “The sum of a person’s action in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.”
In other words, good results or bad results come about because of how you behaved– good or bad– in the past. So, why is Apple prospering these days while Samsung falters? Good karma, bad karma.
Here’s how it’s working out. Apple makes products that customers love to use; products that work well together; well integrated into a comfortable ecosystem.
Let’s just say that various Samsung executives have been convicted of criminal wrongdoing, and the company has been caught time and again falsifying records, distorting financials, faking product performance tests, and outright stealing technology and designs from others, including Apple.
That’s bad karma.
Last year the iPhone 6 came under criticism because it could bend if one were to apply enough pressure toward the middle from end to end. Duh. Apple didn’t say anything about it, but Samsung did. Still, Bendgate as it was called, failed to have legs and died off because, well, it was all much ado about not much, however, one company compared a number of smartphones to Apple’s iPhone 6 models using a pressure gauge machine and found out what all of us knew already. With enough force, things bend.
Unfortunately for Samsung, the company’s bad Karma executives couldn’t keep their traps shut long enough for the public to forget about Bendgate. Executives tweeted that Samsung’s Edge tablet was “Curved, not bent.” When the new Galaxy S6 models were introduced, yet another executive laughed at Apple and said the new phones won’t bend.
Uh, except that they do. Just exactly like iPhone. The company that performed the tests on iPhone 6 models did the same on Samsung’s new flagship phones and found the same results. In fact, the iPhone 6 outperformed the other bendable smartphones because it kept working under greater pressure.
Now Samsung wants a do-over of the testing because customers might get the wrong idea about the Galaxy S6 smartphones. Nope. Sorry. That won’t work. Samsung’s phones had the same test as the iPhones; the same tests that had Samsung executives laughing away from the bank (only Apple laughs all the way to the bank). What Samsung’s brass haven’t learned is what most of us know already.
Karma’s only a bitch if you are.