Apple

Will Oremus has written a long article on OneZero (Medium paywall) that discusses whether Apple is an illegal monopoly or not.

Apple doesn’t allow apps to offer alternative payment methods and …

To tighten its grip, Apple prohibits the affected apps from even telling users how they can pay their creators directly.

Is Android an alternative?

Yes, Android offers an alternative. Yet with iOS users accounting for a majority of all mobile app revenues in the United States, developers have little choice but to create software for Apple’s products. “If you want to publish modern software, it’s essentially suicide not to have a presence on the iPhone,” Hansson told OneZero.

This is what keeps me from getting Apple products (apart from the price):

In reality, Apple has built its empire on customer lock-in: making its own gadgets and services work seamlessly with one another, but not with those of rival companies.

For example, I couldn’t use my Samsung Galaxy Watch with an iPhone to the extent that I could with my Xiaomi smartphone. If I had an iPhone, I would have to get an Apple Watch if I wanted to have a smartwatch.

I’m pretty sure Apple is abusing its monopoly, but Tim Cook disagrees:

By December, Cook seemed to be hedging his bets. While maintaining that Apple isn’t a monopoly, he mused in an interview that “a monopoly by itself isn’t bad if it’s not abused.” He went on, “The question for those companies is, do they abuse it? And that is for regulators to decide, not for me to decide.”

iPrivacy

Matt Baer, the creator of the writing platform write.as, writes about Apple’s privacy focused marketing and how that doesn’t matter when your iPhone is full of apps like Facebook, Instagram or Google.

Though I appreciate the ads for what they are, it’s silly to see iPhone advertised as a privacy panacea when every one has Facebook, Instagram, Google, Pinterest, and every ad-supported “free” app in the App Store installed on it.

But instead of hoping to be rescued …

We don’t need to wait on Google or Apple to build feel-good features into their products, and we don’t need a new marketing campaign about the “privacy” they offer.

… we can do something ourselves for more privacy! Just using the phone less:

Simply make it a less integral part of your life and you’ll automatically reduce how much it knows about you

Don’t rely on Apple or Google to care about privacy:

Some of what’s truly good for us is bad for them. So let’s not rely on them to tell us when we finally have privacy, or digital wellbeing, or whatever will comfort the masses today.

That was it, Google, the launch event, where there was really nothing that wasn’t already known from various leaks (which you did yourself). Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was clear, Google Home Mini, a larger Google Home and a new Pixelbook. Only I hadn’t heard of the Pixel Buds before. And admittedly, you’re becoming an increasingly better competitor against Apple. Not only are the Pixel cameras the best cameras ever seen in a smartphone.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.