I got a stupid email today from campaigning group SumOfUs.org, asking me to sign a petition… about iphone headsets!
Here’s a taste:
“Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.
If the rumours are true, the new iPhone 7 will have a non-standard, proprietary headphone jack — making every pair of headphones on earth useless. Not only will this force iPhone users to dole out additional cash to replace their hi-fi headphones, it will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled.
There’s only one reason for this change: to leverage Apple’s market share in order to extract even more profit from its customers. With virtually no third-party manufacturers ready to fill the new market gap, Apple stands to make a killing while we — and our planet — pay the price.”
SumOfUs.org has sent me some pretty daft petitions in the past year or so, but this is just too much. So Apple are going to rip off its idiot “loyal customers” by adopting a proprietary technology… so what? This is what Apple does: it makes stuff that will only work with its stuff, and rips off anyone gullible enough to fall for the con.
The eco-spin on the petition – that Apple’s evil plans “will singlehandedly create mountains of electronic waste — that likely won’t get recycled” – is an extra dollop of pathetic. Land-fills all round the world are already full of Apple’s crap because if your i-thing breaks down, all the peripherals are useless and get chucked. Will the headphones scandal be the tipping point? Oh no, call 007 to save us from Apple’s satanic actions!
Sorry, SumOfUs.org, but I’m leaving your mail list (should be called a “spam list” you jerks). I’ve suffered a load of shite from you being put in my email inbox without a complaint, because occasionally you brought something important to my attention. But the important issues have dwindled, and meaningless kibble has taken its place. And this one – Oh, Apple are selling proprietary, non-reusable crap – hell, it’s not new or surprising. If you don’t like what Apple does, don’t buy Apple. I never have. I’ve got a perfectly fine Sony phone, and I can use any headphones with it. Stop buying into the con – stop buying Apple. That will get their attention a lot more effectively than a sad petition.