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The Macalope Weekly: It's a living

The Macalope | Oct. 15, 2012
Another Saturday and the Macalope is back with three more harrowing tales of "Yes, they actually get paid for this." First is the hedge fund manager who calls the iPhone a huge fail because it's too light. Then a writer for Slate says "The iPhone 5 is boring. No, wait, it's awesome!" And, finally, a business school professor has an explanation for Apple you've never heard before!

This is why people buy Apple products. Because they provide value at their price point. Not because Steve Jobs put the voodoo on us. If you're not going to address that argument--which we've made about a billion times--if you simply have no comeback for that, then just stop writing about Apple.

The decision by Apple to ditch Google Maps in favour of its own Apple Maps was premature, and led to Apple chief executive Tim Cook formally apologising to customers, something Steve Jobs would never have done.

This was followed by a 2 per cent drop in Apple's share price.

Apple's stock never fell 2 percent while Steve Jobs was CEO.

Apple's culture does not allow for a failure.

Oh, fer ...

Did you just walk into this room? MobileMe. Ping. The button-less iPod shuffle. The list isn't huge, but it does exist.

Chun then trots out Guy Kawasaki, Woz, and Foxconn in an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink attempt to round out her brilliant argument that no one has ever put forth with such clarity and reason.

No offense, but the only people who care what Kawasaki and Woz think are people trying to naysay Apple. They're entitled to their opinions, but they were not part of the most successful segment of Apple's history. And Foxconn? Well, it's a good thing no one else uses Chinese labor.

The Macalope doesn't know what kind of publication the Irish Times is running, but if it was his paper he'd stop doing business with writers who have nothing to share but ideas that have repeatedly been debunked right in the eye.

[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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