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The Macalope Weekly: Adaptergate

The Macalope | Sept. 17, 2012
You know, it's gotta be hard to be Apple. Some people are whining and complaining because the company didn't change the phone enough and others are whining and complaining because Apple changed it too much.

For the record, the change in dock connector is something almost no consumer will care about or affect AAPL in any way.

But to hear some talk of it, Apple is causing undue financial hardship on people who have enough money to throw around that they've decided to cover their houses in third-party hardware.

...compatibility is about to be broken or limited with accessories that people have invested hundreds or thousands of dollars to use-speaker systems, video accessories, and who knows what else.

High-definition televisions! BMWs! Diamond-studded space planes! You can cry the Macalope a river over these poor people, who somehow own a ton of hardware and yet have to deal with the unbearable financial stress of shelling out $29 for an adapter or $19 for a new cable.

Mr. Cook, as Apple's CEO, the decision is yours to make. We think you know what to do, and if you support your hundreds of millions of users, we'll continue to support you.

Based on the fact that the iPhone is already back-ordered several weeks, the Macalope's going to go ahead and guess that iLounge's idle threats are going to fall a little flat on Tim Cook's ears. But then, what's an open letter without posturing?

[Editors' Note: Each week the Macalope skewers the worst of the week's coverage of Apple and other technology companies. In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]


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