Many people think that The Macalope hates when people criticize Apple because they persecute her a lot. Uh, well, first of all, "lurvs" is not a word. Second, although you might like Apple and buy a life-sized cardboard cutout of Bob Mansfield in a hot second if someone FINALLY DOES ONE, that's not the reason.
He simply hates when people criticize Apple badly.
"This year's annual iPhone production cuts that happen every year mean this time no one buys iPhones anymore and Apple is doomed."
"The foldable magic smartphones that will surely run smoothly and never break are where they are and Apple doesn't have one, so Apple is doomed."
"Jeff Bezos makes his own blender mayonnaise and Tim Cook doesn't, so Apple is doomed."
But the fact that some people make a badly constructed criticism of Apple does not mean that all criticisms of Apple are simply launched by so many chimpanzees. Seriously, they spend all this time teaching chimpanzee sign language when what they really could benefit from is a small termination school, perhaps from a prestigious East Coast institution.
Anyway, let's take a look at today's criticism of Apple.
Steve Streza says: "The Paywalled Garden: iOS is Adware."
Despite what you may think of the title, Streza is not a member of the Forbes taxpayer network and the competitive circuit of busting animals with balloons. (Not doing. Outbreak) Streza is an iOS developer, among other things, so he is someone who knows the platform. He tested what the experience would be like if he registered without buying any of Apple's services. It turns out that there is a free Apple Arcade game for which you don't have to have an Apple Arcade subscription, that game clicks ignore in Apple's subscription service ads.
You can still expect the horny to flip some tables on this headline. Hell, that's why he bought all these raft wooden tables from The Balsa Wood Furniture Outlet (from I-95 in Norwalk, Connecticut). They are great for flipping easily. While "adware" can be an exaggeration, especially if you are thinking of malicious adware, the textbook definition includes software with advertising. I could argue that you opt for ads when you buy an iOS device and you can disable many of them if you can find the settings, but is that the experience we expect from Apple?
Macalope would not say that iOS is adware as it is commonly known, but it has too many ads. Streza is more right than he is wrong.
If you are someone who has invested in the Apple ecosystem, you would not notice most of the ads. But that's the purpose of the ads: get them to subscribe … but only to Apple services.
If you subscribe (to Apple Music) and then cancel, Apple sends invasive push notifications asking you to subscribe again. These are activated by default without a permission request. This, of course, goes against the rules they set for other developers.
"Ads for me and not for you." Shakespeare or someone.
Third parties cannot send push ads on iOS. The Macalope would be more pleased if Apple didn't send them either.
While The Macalope is not a fan of exaggeration, it is even less fanatical of scrapping the iOS user experience. And that's what the ads do, even when they are ads for Apple stuff. Macalope has criticized Microsoft for doing this on Windows, so it can't stop Apple from doing the same.
And there is a problem with do not complaining about that. Often, if you don't complain about bad behaviors, they never get fixed. It took five years of complaints for Netflix to stop playing previews of programs we weren't going to watch, but the complaint system eventually worked.
Better start now.
In The Loop, Dave Mark looks at the big picture.
For me, the fault lies in the mechanisms of capitalism, in the self-destructive motivations imposed on any publicly traded company.
Well, that is a problem. Ultimately, we can also blame the fragility of human desire. We were born in this weak and full of needs world, so we gained our scarce time in this small and insignificant world on the edge of a mundane galaxy in a haven of the universe.
Still, however. Apple could choose Don't make the ads because it would improve iOS and a better user experience sells more devices. Let's not pretend it is not an option.