The catechism’s out of the bag: Apple is a religion

You tried to deny it, Apple fans, but you’re about to get schooled, because now a professor says Apple is a religion. Yes, your arms are too short to box with these contentions that you think Steve Jobs is God.

“We asked a cultural historian: Are Apple Stores the new temples” (tip o’ the antlers to Krinn DNZ)

Where else can a man ask for forgiveness and be anointed with a bro’s gold iPhone?

Read more »


Bubble thinking: When Apple doesn’t fit your world view

Apple is not perfect. This is true. What the Macalope doesn’t understand, however, is how that so routinely gets converted into “We must deny any Apple advantage in order to convey simply how bad Apple is.”

It’s 2015 and Dan Gillmor has a fist full of quarters and won’t get off the slowly rocking horse ride outside the Piggly-Wiggly that says “Apple is too draconian!” (No one’s exactly sure how it got installed there.)

“Will Apple’s Control-Freakery Turn Personal Computers Into Big iPhones?” (Tip o’ the antlers to ghibby!)

Read more »


Uninformative: Half the analysis, all the rage

A lot of people ask the Macalope “How can I get into the business of complaining about everything Apple does?” It’s easy! Simply take a thing that Apple has done, write up the bad aspects of it and completely ignore the good aspects. It’s just that simple. Here, let’s look at an example.

Writing for The Huffington Post, Damon Beres warns that “Apple Could Trap You Forever With Its New ‘Upgrade Program’” (tip o’ the antlers to Chris Anemone).


Read more »


We built this city: Was it on ads or content?

iOS 9 rolled out this week and there was no controversy at all and everyone was happy and some people got free kittens and haha just kidding.

As you may have read, iOS 9 added the ability for users to load ad blockers for Safari. This wasn’t so much a shot across the bow of the good ship Uncontrollable Slide-Down Ad for HP Servers or Something Else You’ll Never Buy, it was a direct hit amidships.

Firing back is The Verge’s Nilay Patel.

Read more »


A heaping self-serving: Playing Apple stock games

Hey, does everyone have a big-name news outlet where they can publish opinion pieces that just happen to help their own stock portfolios? No? Oh, you simply must get one.

Writing for CNBC, Dan Niles of AlphaOne Capital Partners (“AAA+++ Capital Partners” was taken) says “Forget new Apple products—THIS is the issue” (tip o’ the antlers to Tay Bass).


Read more »