Who’s in charge? Look around. What do you see? Informational chaos. The interwebs is not the information superhighway. It’s the misinformation superhighway. Netizens can say anything they want with little to no accountability.
Our legal system has judges. Our sports have umpires and referees. In each case, for better or worse, they work to keep the game on course and hold players and teams accountable for their misdeeds. Online critics need an umpire and a scoreboard.
Judges, umpires, referees, and others who hold sway over various sports and legal issues are a necessity in a civilized world. Maybe that’s the problem. The world is less civilized than it used to be. Here’s an example of where it would be worthwhile to have a scorecard next to a writer’s biography.
What’s the Latest on Apple’s Catastrophic FaceTime Bug?
It doesn’t matter. It was a bug, not a catastrophe. Apple turned off the offending component until a fix goes public. No harm. No foul.
It’s not the most useful hack if you’re looking to spy on someone, but it’s still ripe for abuse.
Did anyone feel abused? I mean, besides the resulting lawsuits because Apple? Our favorite iPhone maker and stock market piñata plugged the hole. You would think the world caught on fire, but all is good thanks to Cloudy Privacy With A Chance Of Apocalypse.
How about this one?
Apple Is Blowing It.
Jones devoted plenty of wordage to Apple’s upcoming first-quarter earnings which turned out to be much as expected and predicted.
Virtually every facet of Apple’s reputation for innovation, quality, and desirability has been tarnished in one way or another.
If small is beautiful, less is more, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then such nonsense deserves to have a referee call foul. I would except fowl, too, because Jones laid an egg. Or, maybe an umpire should intervene at the bottom of such missives and call a strike because the writer’s eyes are closed.
Apple calls new products the best ever. Are they? Yeah, pretty much. What does the Jones beholder think?
It didn’t help that Apple’s new phones weren’t all that different from the old ones and came with a big price bump.
“Strike Two,” says the ump behind the plate.
One can say smartphones have not changed at all since the original iPhone in 2007. Flat slab of glass with rounded corners and app icons. Meh. Same old same old. Or, one can recognize the obvious– all it takes is a little analysis and fewer words to try to confuse the ump– every iPhone is new and better than the last, and the basic iPhone that most people buy is up a modest 25-percent since 2007.
What? Apple didn’t raise prices on new iPhones as much as it lowered prices. Uh huh. iPhone XR starts at $749, about $200 less than last year. Thank you, Apple.
Watch out. Here comes a spitball. Jones on Apple privacy promotions and the FaceTime security bug:
That’s why it’s generally a bad idea to brag about security. All software has bugs and holes, it’s just a matter of time before someone finds them.
See the sleight of hand? Privacy vs. Security. Apple rails against privacy pilferers and does not pilfer privacy on its own devices like Google and Facebook do to billions of earthling citizens. FaceTime’s bug has not been ongoing for a decade. It was an unplugged bug for hours before Apple plugged the hole.
Oh, the humanity!
Someone mixed up home plate with second base.
Oh no! Foul tip. What about Apple’s recent revenue and profits to counter the argument that “Apple is blowing it?”
That’s a big, successful company. Apple isn’t anywhere close to being on life support.
Right. 1.4-billion devices, almost 1-billion iPhone customers, money in the bank, smart investors buying stock during the sale.
How is it that Apple is blowing it?
It is, however, running a long-term risk that poses a greater threat than any trade war. It’s becoming a boring company that’s shedding users’ trust.
Let the ump call it like he sees it.
If Apple is so boring then why does it have so many customers and so many armchair quarterbacks writing about it ad nauseam? Can you name another comparable company that has a customer base with more trust than Apple?
Three strikes, dude Jones. You’re out!