Can someone please wake me up.  I’m not sure what’s happening, but the company that epitomized the “think different” moniker sure has been thinking an awful lot like a corporate whore lately–everything I’ve come to hate about big business.  Sure their new found popularity has them looking more like Microsoft of the 90s as of late, but do they really need to sacrifice their historical morals of thinking different to protect their interests?

If anything they’re alienating the group that has made them who they are today, the early adopters, the evangelistic tech enthusiasts who have stuck with them since before the iPod was a common fixture on campuses across the world.  There’s a disconnect here and Apple better start to realize that their resurgence was made on the back of passionate users who recommends their products at every available opportunity.

I probably speak for a lot of people when I say this, and it pains me to no end, but here it is anyway, if they keep screwing over customers, yanking iPhone apps, locking down their devices, releasing half assed software that isn’t quite ready for the prime time, I’ll be going somewhere else and I’m sure many of my com padre’s will do the same.  It’s not that we don’t love the company, and it’s not that we want to leave our passion for Apple behind, but Apple’s really doing an excellent job of alienating us (the technologists who hock their products).  It’s a slap in the face.  Do you really think we’re not smart enough to realize that telling the U.S copyright office that jailbreaking a phone could result in the whole wireless network going down is a giant exaggeration?

Keep making stuff up Apple, by all means, it’s a two way street.  You’re one or two stupid decisions away from losing a lot of your supporters.

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