The way things have been going over the past few days makes Apple’s iPhone look like the second coming. Given what the phone can and cannot do, I doubt that it was worthy of the hype, but that doesn’t matter now does it? It may be a tad bit expensive for normal consumers, but that didn’t stop people from lining up in advance to buy it. It may only have features that’s clearly done better by other phones, but it doesn’t make it any less revolutionary than its competitors.
This of course doesn’t end with just the phone. This revolves around every single Apple product out there especially that of the Mac and the iPods. Apple has become a religion for some of the people that worship it and if anything, it’s as close as you can get to being a fundamentalists, and some of you know know how much I hate fundamentalists.
I think that at the end of it, the Apple fanboys know nothing better than what they use because they have never gone outside the scope of what Apple has to offer. They may claim to have been converted from other operating systems (particularly Windows), but that only means that they were either too lazy to work out the problems themselves or they have friends whom they want to lose out to in terms of being cool, because to have an Apple product these days is to be cool. It doesn’t matter that there are products out there that can do a better job, it just matters to have the name because it is bespoken.
Apple has become the epitome of the consumer orientated commercialised coffee. Celebrities use it in movies. Royalties have one. Even the homeless people listen to its products on the street. It’s sleek, stylish and gets along well with everyone, yet it does the same things as its counterparts and by no means is it any better. Whoever sold their soul to the devil to get that kind of marketing strategy is definitely getting their worth out of the bargain.
The irony of the situation is that while the iPhone isn’t much of a sell-out as it was hoped to be, it would still revolutionize the phone industry and make it one of the top selling Apple products of all time. Not because it is a product that’s worthy of attention, not because it’s a functional practical machine that improves productivity, but because it’s a product which comes from a line where people that live on it are either part of the herd or a die-hard zealot.
And we all know, zealots are never really sane.