Stop worshipping Apple
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