Apple? Great Company or Cult?

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#1  Edited By MikeinSC

At this point, it seems anything Apple does becomes insanely profitable (well, except for making the Mac a major gaming platform), even if there doesn't seem to be a huge market for it.
 
The iPad, to me, is just a really broken laptop. It lacks the core functionality, but has a really cool interface and the name Apple behind it. If an identical device was launched by, say, Delland functioned identically, I firmly believe it'd bombed commercially and been a non-entity in the popular conscience. I can appreciate people have long dreamed of a functional tablet, but now that it is here, I don't see why I'd want to sacrifice the more effective functionality of a laptop or netbook.
 
I suppose I am not getting the appeal of Apple. I will say that the iPod was a really solid piece of equipment, but the iPhone still hasn't blown my mind (the Android OS seems more functional overall with more potential for growth) and the iPad just doesn't come across as a truly amazing product.
 
So, how does a large, faceless corporation manage to pull off getting the love and admiration of people? Apple isn't worse than other companies, clearly, but the outpouring of love for virtually everything they do just seems a bit mych,

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#2  Edited By kishan6

i dislike apple  
should stick to making mp3 players

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#3  Edited By Mr_Skeleton

Apple is more like a cult that became a profitable company and as much as I hate Apple I did own 3 diffrent ipods.
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#4  Edited By HandsomeDead

Because they're not faceless and they have a sharper sense of style than other companies.

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#5  Edited By Oriental_Jams

Great company, one of the few to make a stratospheric increase in value over the recession from what I can remember.

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#6  Edited By animateria

Cult status achieved!
 
The iPod was key in shaping their current brand image of being hip, stylish and popular. 
 
I personally just go for "bang for buck" so I like the iPod (Competitive pricing) but dislike the Mac (Less but more expensive)..

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#7  Edited By Organicalistic_

I HATE apple, i prefer zune

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#8  Edited By Gizmo

I hate Apple, I hate their software, and I hate their operating systems.
I do however, own a iPod Classic 80GB.

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#10  Edited By iam3green

they are a cult. everyone has something of apple. they are overpriced laptops and computers. i don't own anything apple yet. i'm thinking about buying an apple for graphic stuff but i have adobe photoshop and flash on PC right now.

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#11  Edited By Jazz

To me the Ipad is a wonderful digital comic book reader. If you move around a lot and don't want a lot of luggage its fantastic. 
Its not really heavier than a kindle either, and as everyone knows, Kindles are awesome when you have one, and suck horribly if you don't. 
There is no out pouring of love, its more the converse. Its not microsoft, so everyone hates it. Its more expensive than something that does the same job, so people hate it. 
More people hate Apple than like them. 
Without Apple there would just be Microsoft, and perhaps somewhere Linux. However much you may dislike their marketing strategies they're pushing technology forward. 
Why can't people just buy what they want?  
This constant tribal mentality pisses me off.  
You like Windows, good for you. You like OSX, good for you. You like Unbutu,  you must be able to speak binary, or klingon, or binary klingon. 

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#12  Edited By Blair

This is ridiculous.  Apple is a brilliantly run company.  Excellent marketing doesn't make them a cult, get real.

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#13  Edited By cstrang

It's a cult, duder.  Mostly inferior products with much higher prices.

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#14  Edited By HandsomeDead
@Phished0ne: Why would I take anything Cracked has to say seriously?
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#15  Edited By Phished0ne
@Blair:  seriously, read the article i posted about "5 reasons you should be afraid of Apple" it really is pretty close to a cult.  
 
They tried to shut down a website over leaked images of a  firewire breakout box for garage band, no one even fucking knows what that is. Their horrible corporate security measures caused a man working at a chinese technology factory to commit suicide, when his company decided they should tourture him to get information about an iphone prototype he may or may-not have leaked. I mean, apple didnt cause it, but their overbearing legal hammer lead to the chinese company thinking it would be a good idea to torture him.
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#16  Edited By Phished0ne
@HandsomeDead:  the same reason you take anything this site has to say seriously, they deliver it comedically but it has compelling info in there, and a lot of it is sourced.
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#17  Edited By Venatio

I just ordered an iPhone 3GS....other than that I don't care about Apple
 
Oh and I have an iPod Nano, I like their music players and phones, computers not so much

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#18  Edited By calidan777

cult.

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#19  Edited By nanikore

It's a hugely profitable company that makes good computers, phones, music players and software and pulls it off with style. It's not a God damn cult.

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#20  Edited By kishan6
@Jazz said:
 Its not microsoft, so everyone hates it. Its more expensive than something that does the same job, so people hate it.
dudey need to get out more, lots of people who dont know much about technology likes them more 
atleast where i live
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I hope to own an Apple product one day.

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#22  Edited By nanikore
@Vito_Raliffe: You should try their computers.
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#23  Edited By Bones8677

A good company in which a cult has formed around, infecting the company into a cult themselves.

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#24  Edited By Bones8677
@nanikore: He's far better off getting a computer from companies other than Apple or building his own. Less expensive and better technology.
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They have a good sense of style, and the ipod is pretty good  
but other then that, cult

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#26  Edited By CoverlessTech

Fascist company with a cult like following.

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#27  Edited By gunslingerNZ

The company itself isn't a cult, although their weird pseudo religious press release sessions with Steve Jobs kinda border on that status. What is definitely a cult though is the legion of hardcore Apple fanatics, those people actually scare me.

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#28  Edited By wrecks

Visionary company with a cult like following.

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#29  Edited By captain_clayman

i love their products (ipods AND macs) 
i love mac OS X
i LOOOOVE their software (imovie, garageband, final cut, logic)
 
but i hate the company's attitude (they're so snooty)
and i HATE the price tag on their fucking products!

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#30  Edited By Sanryd

Love their style in pretty much every product, but I just wish they would get their heads out of their asses and lower some of their prices once in a while.

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#31  Edited By gakon

Great company or cult?  Both.

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#32  Edited By WinterSnowblind
@kishan6 said:
" @Jazz said:
 Its not microsoft, so everyone hates it. Its more expensive than something that does the same job, so people hate it.
dudey need to get out more, lots of people who dont know much about technology likes them more atleast where i live "
Because people are brainwashed into believing their brand is the best, or in some cases, is the only option.
Hence cult.
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#33  Edited By immike

Little of both...Scary stuff.

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#34  Edited By petchulio

They're a little from column A and B.  They can shove an almost non-functional piece of shit out the door and there's a loyal chunk that will still buy it.  But, they do innovate and for computer newbies...they make it really simple and there's nothing inherently wrong with that.  They will never have a dominating share of any market because of the functionality removal and their over-priced and underpowered computers.  Hell, look at the new Macbook Pros.  You can spend $3000 on a badass Macbook....or $800 on a similarly built Windows-based laptop.  I just sure hope Steve Jobs doesn't kick the bucket anytime soon because once he does Apple is over.

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#35  Edited By NathHaw
@Venatio said:
" I just ordered an iPhone 3GS....other than that I don't care about Apple  Oh and I have an iPod Nano, I like their music players and phones, computers not so much "
Didn't want to wait for the iPhone 4?
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#36  Edited By nrain

Apple are successful because they are insanely clever, they think about so many little things to make a product work for so many people. They aren't faceless at all, Steve Jobs just held a conference for iphone OS 4, which seems to be a great upgrade. The iPad does have it's uses, and I think it does replace the notebook for casual travelling.

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#37  Edited By RobJ

I think they are a great company. Seems like they regularly come out with good stuff that people like.

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#38  Edited By Venatio
@Bloviator said:
" @Venatio said:
" I just ordered an iPhone 3GS....other than that I don't care about Apple  Oh and I have an iPod Nano, I like their music players and phones, computers not so much "
Didn't want to wait for the iPhone 4? "
Nope, got a good deal and I've wanted one for a while, don't really care about the 4G
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#39  Edited By trophyhunter

good company 
people that like valve now that's a cult

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#40  Edited By Djeffers03

I love apple.

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#41  Edited By the8bitNacho
@nanikore said:
" It's a hugely profitable company that makes good computers, phones, music players and software and pulls it off with style. It's not a God damn cult. "
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#42  Edited By gunslingerNZ

It's funny the number of people here who say they dislike Apple's pricing, support and planned obsolescence yet own an iPod/iPhone/Macbook. Surely I can't be the only one with any follow through who has never owned an Apple product of any variety? No iPod, not even an original Mac computer as popular as they were.

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#43  Edited By ShaneDev

I think their a great company but i would worry if they got too big. 
They built a solid reputation with the iPod and then went from there to the iPhone and now iPad so i give them credit or maybe just Steve Jobs. I kinda dislike them though because of their attitude and how people hail every new devices they make as revolutionary, eg  the iPad.

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#44  Edited By EsN_Fish

I happen to like apple products, I just don't own any of them myself.  

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#45  Edited By natetodamax

iTunes sucks. That is all.

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#46  Edited By JJWeatherman
@MikeinSC: 
I think they're a little of both. (cult and great company)
 
But you gotta give them credit, they've made a reputation for themselves as being that super slick and cool hardware company.
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#47  Edited By demontium

Neutral. 
 
They have great things like the iPhone, but I despise the mac series PCs and Notebooks.

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#48  Edited By oldschool

Answering this on my iMac  :/ 
 
Why the hate for a good cult anyway.  If you keep harassing us, we will just retreat to our compound until the 3rd coming of Jesus, who is in fact Steve Jobs as we all know, and only the true Apple user will ascend to Digital Heaven.  Being a true believer requires total and utter commitment, and the Emomac is the highest achievement: 

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 Come join our cult, we have the hottest women and you don't have to cut your penis off.
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#49  Edited By Jayross

Don't hate on the iPad.

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#50  Edited By oldschool
@Jayross said:
" Don't hate on the iPad. "
Don't hate on Apple full stop.  What is to hate?  You don't like, you don't buy.