Remember around 5 years ago when everyone was so upset because Google kept copying Apple?
My, how the tables have turned. Literally everything I’ve from WWDC so far is Apple trying to keep up with what Google is already doing well.
Remember when Apple was actually a source of innovation and companies like Google actually wanted to copying them? Ah, the good old day.
But rejoice, Apple fanbois. Get cocky and call Apple’s copies better than everything because it’s more expensive.
And before the haters all me a hater, because that’s the only reaction Apple fanbois have when someone says something mildly negative about their beloved gadget manufacturer, let me explain something. I’m not anti-Apple. I used to love Apple products. My first smartphone was an iPhone. I had three iPhones before I switched to Android. I had a Macbook Pro that I thought was great. Overpriced, but it worked well. The iPod (classic) is still the best MP3 player. Even though no one uses it anymore because who listens to music that isn’t on their phone?
But Apple lost its way. It stopped innovating and just started copying other companies. This is particularly true after Steve Jobs resigned (this didn’t start with his death). Windows is better than OS X (Desktop, not that stupid tile interface). Android is far, far superior to iOS. Heck, even Windows Phone is better than iOS at this point; it’s just not very popular. I didn’t see anything really compelling in the iOS 8 announcement that isn’t already available in the “hell stew” of Android’s so-called malware-infected ecosystem.
And this whole home automation thing they announced — it’s just, again, reactionary. Any pundit who thinks Google is quaking in its boots over this announcement is, I guarantee you, completely wrong. Google is new to the business as well, after acquiring Nest and some similar companies, just earlier this year. But Nest is, I believe, the leader in the field at the moment. I’m not entirely sure Apple can effectively compete in this space — their products are sure to be more expensive and they will certainly require iOS, a mobile OS that is quickly decreasing in popularity as Android dominates the market. Apple may end up with a better product, but its reliance on iOS, as well as the so-called “Apple tax,” will make this home automation thing just another Apple hobby that won’t really gain any mainstream prominence.
Here’s the thing: I want Apple to do well. I’m not a hater. I want them to innovate. Because that creates competition and that makes things better for everyone. But so far, WWDC isn’t showing any signs of a revitalized Apple, despite what all the pundits are saying in response to these announcements.