Remember when Forbes was about business? Today’s Forbes is more about bashing anything to do with Apple than it is helping investors figure out where to put their money. How did I learn this? I have an RSS reader and it disclosed these digital rags and their dastardly dirty deeds.
This week I reread Kate’s recent missive on Something Else I Found By Using RSS and checked my own RSS news reader to see if it still holds true. As with Kate’s first missive, What I Found By Using An RSS Reader, it does.
By scanning headlines and summaries in a news reader of dozens of tech and business websites, you begin to see a distinct pattern. First, news stories are regurgitated ad nauseam between competing websites. Same headlines. Same content. Different websites and writers. Second, many so-called news websites have articles that simply sell products; often the same products on other websites. Those sites get money for such reviews and promotions disguised as news or opinion.
Third, some technology writers have an obvious ax to grind. Forbes, I’m looking at you, and specifically at the Twins of Apple Doom, Ewan Spence and Gordon Kelly who seem to be competing for the most Apple take downs in 2018.
Examples? There are many. Here are a few:
2018 MacBook Pro Design Has Made A Mistake – How so? Spence noted that charging the MBP in Apple’s new leather Mac notebook sleeve doesn’t work. Is that a MacBook Pro design error as the headline implies, or is it a problem with the leather sleeve? How about both.
Available in Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, and Black, the high-quality design has a fundamental flaw for those using it.
Simply put, you can’t charge the MacBook Pro while it’s in the sleeve. Is that good design? Or, bad design? Well, it’s Apple and Forbes so it can’t be good, right?
Apple decided that the fashionable look of the sleeve would override the practical sensibilities demanded of a protective case.
Or, maybe Apple thought that charging the notebook while enclosed in a tight leather case is not a good idea. Besides, it’s a carrying case. Are you charging your Mac notebook while carrying it around?
Wait. There’s more.
Apple’s Arrogant Silence Surrounds Major iPhone XS Problem – a few days ago some iPhone Xs customers complained their new phones do not charge when plugged into a wall charger. Apple has yet to respond to the issue, therefore, Apple is arrogant.
The news has been public for over 48 hours as of the publication of this article, and Apple has refused to comment to its customers or to the world’s press
Maybe Apple is trying to get to the bottom of the problem.
Wait. There’s more.
Apple iOS 12 Has An Embarrassing Problem – is what Gordon Kelly thinks because a few Messages users claim that their iPhones are sending messages to the wrong people. I’ve done that. I didn’t blame Apple. Still…
As always, it’s impossible to know the scale of the problem, but reports of affected users are escalating fast. On Apple Support Communities, one thread where the poster explains the problem to Apple mods has received over 300 votes stating “I have this question too”.
So, is it an embarrassing problem of magnitude, or not? There’s no way to know. Apple has more than 1.3-billion iOS devices in the wild, and it’s likely that a few hundred million have already upgraded to iOS 12, so a few hundred seems like a problem– but a very small problem– out of a huge number of users with no problem.
Apple’s iPhone XS Has A Serious Problem – of course it does because Forbes, because Kelly, because Spence, and because anything negative about Apple gathers additional reader eyeballs which are translated into money by advertisers who track such things.
In this case Kelly rattles on about the charging issue in iPhone Xs and Xs Max whereby the phones don’t charge properly, or don’t charge while the phone is in standby (whatever that is). So, to be fair, almost any device has issues here and there which is why Apple has the world’s best update and upgrade system in place– to fix problems.
Also to be fair, my iPhone Xs had exactly the same issue. I plugged it in. It did not charge. What to do? What to do? So, I did what any Apple customer should do in a similar situation. I called Tim Cook in Cupertino. He was busy. Just kidding. So, I did what I always do when something goes a bit wonky. I restarted my iPhone. I’ve been around computers long enough to know that restarting takes care of about 90-percent of all such wonky problems. Since then, my iPhone has been fine.
What is sad about all these little items is that Forbes, Spence, and Kelly make money by pissing all over Apple as often as possible. Check out Kelly’s list on MuckRack and his partner in word crimes, Ewan Spence, also on MuckRack.
Why does Forbes allow such muck raking? Because it’s cheap and easy. Insightful analysis and product comparisons take time and effort. Digital crap does not.