A quite funny spoof of the new iPhones that were just announced, the iPhone 5s and 5c, from comedian David So.
“iPhone 5c. You know what “c” stands for? It stands for “cash,” cuz bitch has been taking all your money.”
I have an iPhone, and I’m an Apple fan. But. Maybe it’s just me, and I don’t think it’s just me, but I am starting to feel somewhat taken advantage of by the company. Particularly with their computers. When you’re paying twice the going price for a laptop, you don’t expect the company to then solder its components in place so that you can never upgrade the thing on your own ever again. I simply don’t want to pay Apple $600 for $200 worth of RAM that I can buy elsewhere for – how much? – $200. This almost means you can’t upgrade the laptop’s hard drive after the warranty runs out (which I did on my current 5 year old Macbook Pro).
It’s also not entirely clear to me why my extended warranty on my laptop is $350 or so, but the extended warranty on my phone, which costs 1/10th the price of my laptop, is around $80 to $100. Again, it feels a bit gouge-y. I will say, however, that Apple has generally been great, with one exception, in honoring their warranty. Usually there’s no question. And I like that.
It’s really tough. I used Windows machines for years. And often had problems. Weird errors. Boot errors. Fatal errors. My Apple machines have had issues, but not as many, and not as serious.
I do enjoy my iPhone, but I do keep wondering if my next phone, and next computer, are still going to be with Apple. I don’t like paying a lot of money and feeling like I’m being taken advantage of. And while I don’t fully feel that way about Apple yet, the feeling has been growing a few years. And it’s not a good one.