On this day in 2010, the first iPad was released. It was an extremely big deal because like every Apple product ever, it didn’t do anything new. It was what all their products are: a well packaged implementation of other people’s work. But it had the secret sauce that all their products have: a really big legal department that sues every other company that builds on the same technology that Apple has been stealing for years.
It is not, as many people seem to think, that I have it out for them and that I love Microsoft. First, I don’t like Microsoft at all. But more to the point, I don’t care about devices. If I can get work done on it, fine. That’s all that matters to me. Give me a computer with OS X or Windows or Linux: I don’t care. I can get my work done on them. With things like tablets and phones, I can get work done, but it is harder because they aren’t built for work; they’re built for entertainment.
What I Hate About Apple
But what I do hate about Apple is how it tries to win through the courts. As I said: it never innovated anything. At least Microsoft did a couple of things worth note. So for Apple, it’s all about using the legal system to gain advantage. Consider Apple Inc v Samsung Electronics Co. I thought that whole clusterf@#k was typical of what was wrong with Apple and America. In South Korea, Japan, and the United Kingdom, Apple was laughed out of court. But the litigious bastards won in the United States because as the saying goes, “The business of America is business.” And what that means is that we don’t care about innovating and creating stuff. We just care about allowing companies to trick their way to profitability.
If you like Apple products: fine! I don’t care. I still do most of my work with the vi editor, initially released in 1976. It’s not the best editor, but I’ve been using it so long that it is natural. And I can create keyboard mappings that do amazing things. I know that Emacs can do a lot more, but I’ll bet I can still do things faster in vi than 99% of Emacs users. So it’s fine to like one tool more than another. But don’t kid yourself: Apple is one of the most evil companies in the world.