Let’s face it, in the modern world of consumer tech; there really has been only one name for the last decade. That name is, of course, Apple. What was once the constant runner-up behind Microsoft when the tech boom first happened back in the 80s is now the undisputed king of our modern, tech-obsessed world. If someone has a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or even a watch, there’s a good chance that it’s an Apple product. And for a long time, many of those products have been fantastic but is it time to start thinking about everyone’s favourite tech giant a little more critically? Here are a few reasons why it might be time to get off the Apple train.
Let’s be totally honest here; Apple products have never been the best choice when it comes to saving money. At the end of the day, that’s not why we buy them. We buy Apple products because they’re sleek, they look great, they feel great, and because there’s a culture of cool that surrounds them that few other tech companies can really boast. However, as the price goes up, that trade-off becomes less and less appealing. With the newer iPhones costing in the thousands and Macbooks costing double and even triple their closest competitors, it’s time to ask yourself: is it really worth it?
One of the biggest arguments for Apple products for the longest time was that they were powerful and reliable. And sure, there’s some seriously impressive hardware behind a lot of their products. But before you order the iPhone X, think about this… Most of the really impressive stuff about the new iPhone is software, not hardware, and that software is going to be available on the iPhone 7 anyway. Not only that but a lot of the tech that is unique to the iPhone X isn’t as impressive as it might sound. The reality is that the power that you get out of new Apple products isn’t the kind of giant leap that it used to be. It’s better going with an alternative company or just sticking with what you have right now.
Okay, this is the big one. So, Apple has always been kind of funny about sticking with proprietary hardware. From their chargers to the way in which you connect them to your TV. But with the iPhone 7, things simply went too far. By getting rid of the headphone jack, Apple has made sure that you can only ever listen to your music on with products made by them. This kind of inconvenience is just pointless, and it’s not worth anyone’s effort to bend over backwards so that Apple can try to squeeze a few extra bucks out of you.
Of course, this isn’t an attempt to convince anyone to buy something else or to suggest what alternatives they should try. The simple reality is that letting one company completely dominate the market is a dangerous tactic that is only really going to end with the consumer losing out as Apple discovers that they can get away with just about anything and millions of people are still going to buy their products anyway.