“Newcomers to Apple products, both customers and developers, sounded off recently about Cupertino orphaning their investment in iOS peripherals using the 30-pin dock connector, and complained loudly about the abandonment of support for Google Maps,” David Morgenstern writes for ZDNet.
“Longtime Mac users would advise advise them to get used to the change and enjoy the roller-coaster ride,” Morgenstern writes.
MacDailyNews Take: Our iCal (and, yes, we’ll always call it “iCal”) icons are hopping up and down with an oldie but a goodie (written nearly a decade ago – gulp! – and all previous comments regrettably lost in the great hard drive melt-down that occurred umpteen web hosts ago):
The iMac was launched on August 15, 1998. About six months later, the distant murmurings of a new breed of Mac users complaining about Apple pricing started to be heard. And I mean pricing for everything from mice to cables to software. This strange new offshoot regularly shops at Wal-Mart or K-Mart or Some-Mart somewhere (where Macs are conspicuously not for sale), yet for some reason, they actually bought an iMac. I guess they all bought Blueberry iMacs since they reminded them of their beloved Blue Light Specials.
… These are not “Mac users” in the classic sense. They’re “iMac users” is the worst possible sense. I call them “Mac Whiners.” There is a schism in Macland. – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, October 3, 2002
Morgenstern writes, “It’s a bit bewildering to hear the complaints from retailers, business owners and developers… Longtime Mac users have had experience with “quick” hardware and software changes. For example, over recent years, Apple has been stripping away classic Mac vestiges for its now-OS X machines. And we are mostly happy with the result: faster and more robust machines, more powerful expansion and interesting new services.”
“Certainly, Jobs knew that change was hard and disruptive, but sometimes needed to be suffered. He killed the Mac licensing program in the late 1990s. He moved the platform to Intel. Apple has been aggressive in performance and compatibility,” Morgenstern writes. “Apple keeps pushing hardware transitions such as the Lightening iPhone connector, or from FireWire to Thunderbolt, Core Duo to Core 2 Duo, and changes in the MagSafe connector. Or on the API front with the end of Rosetta (ask a Quicken for Mac user). This is a much different situation than on the Wintel platform.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple and TBWA\Chiat\Day, 1997
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “CognativeDisonance” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]
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