I got an email today about a petition on change.org. It began with the angry sentence “Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again.” It goes on to explain that the iPhone 7 is rumoured to have a non-standard headphone-jack so people will have to buy Apple’s own headphones in order to use their shiny new iPhone. It tries to mask their consumerist complaint by saying that replacing non-standard headphones will create “e-waste” but I don’t think that’s the motivation for the article. I think the person behind it just wants their brand new iPhone without having to buy new, expensive headphones instead of buying a different phone.
I really couldn’t give a shit.
Change.org and sites like it will send you emails every few days about petitions you might be interested in or charities you might like supporting, and, for the most part, I think it’s for quite a good cause even if I don’t bother to add my signature to the list. For example, the last email 38Degrees sent me was about TTIP and how we can prevent it, and that’s something I want to support. It’s something that people are protesting widely and is gaining a lot of traction over time, and, frankly, this pathetic protest about the iPhone 7 just discredits sites like this that are trying to genuinely do something good.
I can’t believe I even have to explain this but the person behind this campaign clearly doesn’t understand. Apple is a private company. Therefore Apple can put out whatever products they want and, if people like them, they can buy them, if they don’t like them then they can go and buy something else. It’s not like Apple is the only company making phones or MP3-Players, is it? This case isn’t quite like changes to Tax Credits or Disability Benefits in the UK which will change people’s lives in the UK whether they like it or not, this is something that is completely optional for literally everyone.
If there is enough consumer backlash against Apple for their anti-consumer move then they will be forced to make changes. This backlash should come in the form of you not buying their products. If you buy it and then you complain then you are the idiot, and Apple will keep making anti-consumer moves because you have proven, by buying their product, that they can get away with it without a dip in sales.
Also, on another note specific to Apple, everyone has known, for years, that Apple products, technologically, are inferior. In fact, if you play games on the computer, Apple products are a complete joke because you can’t run anything on Mac without it protesting. Then, when you finally get it running, the experience won’t be nearly as good as on a console or PC. To start kicking up a fuss now makes it seem like this is the first you’ve heard of it. Frankly this feels like a complaint of the entitled. The most first-world of the first-world problems. You want to own the new iPhone but you don’t want it on your terms. Tough shit. Go and find a phone you do like and buy that.
We live in a capitalist society and, as a result, everyone is responsible for how they spend their own money. Everyone, at some point in their life, will spend money that they regret spending, and everyone, most likely at a number of points in their life, will have to spend money on things they don’t want to spend money on. Unfortunately, that is the way of things in capitalism. However, in this particularly irksome instance, people know what is coming and, if you still buy it then, I repeat, you have no one to blame but yourself.