Those nattering nabobs of negativism and members of the technorati elite politburo scoff at Apple’s so-called walled garden platforms which provide customers with almost all they need for a good computer and device experience. Almost?
Toxic Hell Stew
Malware of one form or another exists on all personal computer, smartphone, and tablet platforms, but some of the open models– Windows and Android, I’m looking at you– are toxic hell stews of malware relative to the seeming cleanliness and tidy atmosphere found in macOS and iOS.
Techies say “Open platforms are better.” How so? “I can do more. I can do anything I want.” Therein lies the problem and the differences. That kind of open means malware can be prolific. Apple’s kind of open is different. Apple’s Mac, iPhone, and iPad actually are more open in a specific way that benefits the average user, not members of the tech elite.
For example, where else can you find applications for all the major publishers? Photoshop? Not on open Linux or Android. Google Maps? Not on Windows or Mac. Microsoft Office? Not on Linux, either.
From the perspective of average customer– and planet earth have about 4-billion souls connected to the interwebs and that requires a computer of some sort– I think Apple’s iOS and macOS and soon, iPadOS, are more open in the ways that matter.
As another example, Microsoft Office runs on Windows, of course, Android, too, macOS, iOS for iPhone and iPad, but not on Linux. iPhone and iPad are home to many of Google’s apps that do not run on Mac, Windows, or Linux, but are available on Android.
See how that works?
Apple’s macOS and iOS are more open to the most apps used by the most people than any competing platform– Windows, Android OS, or anything Linux. Google and Microsoft have the most apps on iOS. Microsoft’s Office is on macOS and iOS. Adobe’s products litter macOS and iOS, too, but not Android.
Even Apple is into the act– where it counts towards revenue– by putting iCloud and iTunes on Windows, Apple Music on Android OS.
See how that works?
Yes, there are some advantages to being able to roll your own Android, Windows, or Linux, but the vast majority of computerdom simply wants to use popular applications, and Apple’s platform does that better.
More open, no?