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I-phone 3GS discoloring and fanboy addiction
It is being reported around the net (AppleInsider for example) that the white iPhone 3GS discolors itself. Guesses are that it is due to overheating of the cpu or battery. What's Apple response to this - they close the forum thread complaining about it.
If you think this is astonishing, wait to see the mac fanboy's (or fan-elderly-gentlemen by now) response - they will rush to buy another iphone, or ipod, or whatever The Company will offer, and will stand in line for hours to get it first. My question is - why do they do it to themselves?

The discoloration of the iPhone 3GS is just another in a long line of such cases. If I remember correctly a similar issue happened with the imac, or imac pros a year or two ago. These things happen with electronics but when they happen consistently one should reflect about their relation to the company. The iPhone is a very nice cell phone, but the constant reaction by Apple of hiding the problem and generally treating its customers like crap seems to work in their favor.
I remember a joke from the news section of Saturday Night Live: Tina Faye reports that Burnai decided not to allow single women to enter the country. She then remarks: treating single women like crap will only make them want you more.   -  Apple has taken this to heart and seems to feel this is the best attitude towards their clients.

With the focus now on Iran, closing the thread reminds me of dictatorial regimes. It is then funny how mac is usually defined as fascistic . (For many reasons, among them being without choice, and controlling everything, to the delight of its users). I then noticed the name: an I-phone. I-phone, I-pod, I-Mac. What's funnier than everyone in a dictatorship/mob feeling like an individual.
iMonopoly.

Even if their products aren't the best out there, they've successfully marketed them as the top of the top. And that power is hard to contest. It's funny in your list of their products you forgot iTunes. Sometimes I forget that is even them, as far as my music is concerned, iTunes is the only music playing software that exists.

More important to Apple than its successful products is their successful marketing program. We should start calling it iHip or even iConform. iForget that the i even stands for individual really. For the longest time to me it's just meant internet. iDon't know why.

Apple deserves some credit. Let's call them iGods. And really, how important is one iConsumer in an iWorld?
Just for general information, here's the AppleInsider link John is probably referring to, concerning discoloration of white iPhones: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/06/30/white_iphone_3gs_units_discoloring_from_excessive_heat.html

The article ends, "Apple so far hasn't commented on the issue and has taken to closing a large discussion thread on its forum centering on the subject. However, some have had success obtaining replacements."

Criticizing a company to put pressure on it is reasonable--especially if you happen to be one of its customers--but concluding that Apple is "fascistic" seems to me a bit ill-advised.  On one point in particular: Apple still manufactures its own hardware, and so offers a more limited range of models than what Windows users can choose; this strategy has served it well enough in the PC marketplace, as Apple hasn't gone the way of IBM.  The limited range of hardware is perhaps one of the reasons why John thinks Apple takes choice away from its customers.  If you really want to make that argument, you would have to see first the degree to which all product choice offers the illusion of freedom.  Moreover, Macintosh users (like me) are likely to suggest that Apple's software is generally much more flexible than Windows, while still more usable than Linux.  (In its software design, with which I have some acquaintance, Apple continues to be more open to innovation than Microsoft, whose software sustains the same paradigms it always has used.)  It could also be argued that Microsoft has a much more dismissive attitude toward its non-corporate customers than Apple.

Branding a company as fascist seems appropriate to me only when, say, it is actually politically engaged with fascism.  Mercedes-Benz is sometimes used as an example, and there are claims about IBM's commerce with the Nazi regime.

This isn't of course quite what John was saying.  And reading some other posts here, I've noticed what seems like an obsessive focus on one company as a supposed embodiment of its customers' authoritarian mindset.  While I think some misapprehensions are involved, this also seems to me to miss the larger picture of consumer culture.  And I do wonder what kinds of satisfaction this persistent attack on Apple and its supposedly deluded customers yields.

P.S. Readers interested in technology might be interested in Jaron Lanier's defense of closed-source development (here: http://discovermagazine.com/2007/dec/long-live-closed-source-software/), in which the iPhone is mentioned once or twice.  Though open technologies are a good thing, I agree with Lanier that they are leading to widespread assumptions about technological availability and innovation that aren't necessarily correct.
Very funny Robin post Robin.
A small note Jeremy. My current source was actually Fudzilla where the last line was: "Apple reacted to the reports by closing the discussion thread on its forum. Smooth."
But in fact I read about this already a couple of days ago I simply couldn't remember the original source. The reason I mentioned AppleInsider was because of the highlighted I in its name. (Somewhat of a private joke I guess).

I didn't enter into why I called them fascistic as I am not very unique in that. I think your question of open-source or closed-source development is a very good one. But then the question of which ones are better - democratic or authoritarian regimes has also been frequently raised :-)
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