“Maybe Steve Jobs is human after all. Over the past seven days, reports have surfaced of three new electronic miscreants aimed at Apple’s Mac OS X computer operating system. That’s a first for the Mac maker, and, accordingly, the news stirred up a media firestorm. Comparisons to the virus-ridden beast that is Microsoft’s Windows OS soon followed. I had intended to pile it on. But then I read an interesting story at businessweek.com by ‘Byte of the Apple’ columnist Airk Hesseldahl. He asserts that the attacks are much ado about nothing,” Tim Beyers writes for The Motley Fool. “Initial accounts suggest he’s right: There have been no reports of damage among the victims of these digital outbreaks.”
“So why the hysteria? I don’t know. Maybe it’s that the mainstream media has adopted a ‘gotcha’ mentality when it comes to Apple. That would make sense, given Apple’s remarkable run over the past two years. And call me a conspiracy theorist, but I think this morning’s news adds a bit of fuel to the fire: Apple announced that the iTunes Music Store has sold more than 1 billion downloads,” Beyers writes. “Saying Apple has become the heavy in downloadable digital media is putting it very mildly… Accordingly, I understand why some have chosen to throw jabs. Apple has risen from relative obsolescence to superstardom, after all. But really now, Jobs? Human? Get real.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “vitaboy” for the heads up.]
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