“After Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media, paid $5,000 to obtain a next-generation iPhone that an unfortunate Apple engineer left sitting in a Silicon Valley bar, things started to get ugly out there in gadget land,” So sayeth David Carr for The New York Times.
“Officers from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office kicked in a journalist’s doors and confiscated computers,” Carr reports. “Apple didn’t do the kicking, but it apparently filed a complaint — not seeking the return of their phone, which they had already retrieved, but information.”
MacDailyNews Take: Apparently, Apple’s engineer is not allowed to report to police that his phone was stolen and the authorities are not allowed to investigate when a stolen prototype of product in which at least tens of millions of dollars are invested is purchased by a gadget blog for five grand, taken apart, photographed from all angles and plastered all over their site. This doesn’t help Apple’s competitors at all, no industrial espionage or any other laws apply, and it’s all just harmless prank.
Carr continues babbling in print, “Perhaps the law is on the side of Apple and that of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, California’s high-tech crimes task force, which served the search warrant (Apple is represented on the public agency’s board)… Regardless of how the law shakes out, the optics are horrible for Apple. Anybody with a kilobyte of common sense could have told Steve Jobs that the five minutes of pleasure that came from making a criminal complaint against journalists would be followed by much misery.”
“The iPad, a gorgeous device for displaying content, has become something of a metaphor for the hermetic kingdom of Apple,” Carr reports. “A seamless device that can’t be opened, it has no apertures for input and is animated mostly by purchases from Apple.”
MacDailyNews Take: As if the Dock connector port, Wi-Fi and/or 3G, and Bluetooth don’t exist. Dummy wants a floppy slot.
Carr continues, “Then again, it will take you anywhere on the Web, unless it involves the use of Adobe’s Flash software, which Mr. Jobs has found wanting. The churlishness about Flash again goes to the issue of control, of wanting to have dominion over all aspects of the customer experience.”
MacDailyNews Take: You really shouldn’t write about a subject, if you don’t understand it well. Of course, that rarely stops The New York Times. Flash is banned from iPhone OS devices for several reasons, none of which are churlish:
• Apple believes that all standards pertaining to the web should be open; not closed, 100% proprietary products like Adobe’s Flash
• Apple wants users to experience reliability, security and performance; none of which Adobe’s Flash can offer.
• Apple’s products offer long battery life; Adobe’s Flash is a battery hog (before it maxes out your CPU(s) and fan(s) and then crashes)
• Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers; there is no “hover” on an iPhone or iPad
• The type of “write once, deploy everywhere” software that lazy Adobe wants to help developers produce results in lowest common denominator apps that fail to take advantage of individual platforms’ strengths.
Carr continues, “More broadly, Apple’s behavior and choices in the Gizmodo affair threaten to interrupt the séance between the company and an adoring press, who have looked past all the frantic secrecy and reverently stared in wonder at what was eventually revealed behind the curtain. The media’s crush on Apple has always been an unrequited love affair.”
MacDailyNews Take: Seriously? Carr needs to do some research. He can start by looking up the meaning of the word “séance” and then by moving on to Steve Jobs’ “Thoughts on Flash” open letter, before contemplating how a million iPads sold in the first 28 days equates to “horrible optics for Apple.”
Full nonsense – Think Before You Click™ – here.
MacDailyNews Take: With this kind of mind-numbing dreck splashed across their fishwrap, it’s no wonder that The New York Times’ circulation plummeted 8.5% in the last year alone.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “JES42,” “TowerTone,” “jmmx,” “Brian A.,” and “Citymark” for the heads up.]