I once fully bought into Apple’s ecosystem. Never again. And there are several good reasons a tech-savvy consumer should think twice before doing so, as I explain over at GeekWire in the wake of another week of Apple hype. Vendor lock-in. Use trumps device. Tech is not steady state. (And, implied, history may repeat itself.)
Not every reader agrees:
If Apple created the ecosystem that did everything you wanted it to, at a reasonable price, would you still not use it just for the sake that it was putting all of your “eggs in one basket”? As much as I hear you, if they did that – or Microsoft even – I would switch.
Buying into an eco-system makes sense if it works for right now. No amount of diversification will future proof your products. If they work now they’ll work 5 years from now. But in reality you’ll probably have upgraded to something else by then.
The beauty and fun of technology is replacing it when new things come out. That’s a big part of what this is all about. People don’t upgrade to a new iPhone because their SMS messages stopped going through on their old phone. Upgrading to the newest tech thing is what most consumers really love to do.
Or, as I call it, the lure of “fad and fashion.” I’m a more practical nerd than that. YMMV (Your Mileage — or Mac — May Vary).
Read, “Why I’ll never again fully buy into Apple’s ecosystem,” at GeekWire.