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Why The Media Hate on Apple?

by on May 3rd, 2011

So I go on vacation for a couple of weeks, and I come back to what seems like the world gone awry. Amazon AWS going down, Sony’s PSN network outage and subsequent data leak (I replaced my credit card, have you?), and last but not least, another Apple scandal.

Naturally, Apple’s not new to scandal nor are they unfamiliar with bad press (remember Antenna-Gate). What bugs me most about it all is that there is always this love-hate relationship between Apple and the press. On the one hand, the media continually praise Apple for its innovative products and services. On the other hand, they are quick to pounce on Apple whenever there’s a flaw in their systems. Not simply that though, it almost appears that the media would actively target Apple for certain disgraces, but are willing to give other companies a pass for almost the same thing.

Now, I’m not here to defend Apple, but let’s take, for example, the location-tracking issue inherent in iOS devices. Regardless of the reasons, Apple did build-in geo-tracking in as a part of iOS’s core functionalities. And yes, Apple did issue a non-apologetic apology attempting to explain the facts. Now, Apple may not have done everything right in this instance, but let’s not delude ourselves of the fact that geo-tracking is exclusive to iOS devices. Up to a certain extent, all smartphones track your location, but where’s the press investigating Android or WebOS? Who’s looking into similar geo-tracking issues in Blackberry OS and Windows Phone 7? Even the reports of the class action lawsuit against Google for geo-tracking is scant compared to the same action against Apple. Where’s the fair-handed journalism in this case?

The same parallels can be drawn in the Antenna-Gate scandal too.

Granted, much of today’s journalism uses a story-telling technique to drive home a point, and what makes a better story than villainy. Still, when much of a company’s profitability and market capitalization revolves around having good PR and news coverage, one must wonder if there isn’t an agenda (hidden or otherwise) to shame Apple for simply having a different way of doing business.

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  • Hank

    I do not think there is hate. It is just that Apple is in the limelight that is why it is subject to all these. Plain and simple.

    Take for example when an A-lister artist gets pregnant. it’s all in the news. But does my impregnated next girl neighbor end up in the news as well?

  • John Smith

    Apple didn’t offer an apology, just an explanation. I get the feeling that a lot of you don’t get the explanation though… caching the location of everyone around you who has had access to wifi for a year is very different from caching the specific iPhone’s location over a period of 1 year. There is NO PERSONAL INFORMATION IN THE FORMER. I don’t undertand why people arer still writing that Apple did something “wrong”. Every OS has bugs, not just mobile ones! Are harmless software bugs wrong enough to warrant a class action lawsuit? NO! people are getting dumber and dumber and unfortunately, that proves Apple’s ‘make products for dumbasses’ philosophy is a correct business strategy.