Stop wor­ship­ping Ap­ple

The Guardian Weekly - - Reply -

I’ve read some un­usual ar­ti­cles in the Guardian Weekly over the years, but not one as un­usual as that by John Har­ris about Ap­ple, com­mit­ting heresy as an iPhone user, by ad­mit­ting that Ap­ple de­vices might not al­ways be per­fect (22 Septem­ber).

I have al­ways thought of Ap­ple own­ers (who in­clude close friends and my part­ner) as be­long­ing to some quasi-re­li­gious cult, with their de­ity Steve Jobs, who laid down the orig­i­nal gospel for Ap­ple wor­ship­pers. Their creed that Ap­ple is the great­est man­i­fes­ta­tion of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, and that their prod­ucts should be wor­shipped, is ab­so­lutely unaf­fected by the fact that Ap­ple is among the big­gest tax avoiders in the US and Steve Jobs was no phi­lan­thropist like Bill Gates.

Yes, there are other huge IT com­pa­nies that avoid tax but not at the same scale as Ap­ple, thus de­priv­ing many na­tions of rev­enue that could be put to good so­cial use. Even those who main­tain the high­est moral code by be­ing veg­e­tar­i­ans or so­cial ac­tivists are in thrall to the cult of Ap­ple. John Har­ris, join the rest of us who refuse to be iSheep. Nigel Hunger­ford Hawthorn, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia

• It was with com­mis­er­a­tion, not schaden­freude, that I smiled read­ing John Har­ris’s cri­tique of Ap­ple’s lat­est iPhone. For many years my kids have cheer­fully re­garded me as an id­iot (I en­tered my dotage in my 40s) be­cause of my frus­tra­tion about and in­com­pe­tence with iPhones. The photo of Har­ris ac­com­pa­ny­ing his col­umn shows he is about the same age as my kids, mak­ing me smil­ingly con­fi­dent that they too will soon join the Ap­ple Frus­tra­tion Club. Com­mis­er­a­tion, with a twist of “Now you know what it feels like”. Bob Walsh Wil­ton, Con­necti­cut, US

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