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For many, Apple is not just a technology manufacturer, a provider of digital services and an innovator in its industry, but a real controversial topic. The prices of the products, the proprietary systems and parts of the company policy are always points that cause people to oppose the Cupertino group. In this post, I'll explain why I'm an Apple fanboy despite the prices and restrictions. Among other things, it has to do with safety, but also with durable products and optimal networking ...
If there is a security gap, bug or other error in the iOS mobile operating system at Apple, a patch or fix can be quickly distributed to all users in the form of an update. With Android, the fixes from Google have to find their way through the manufacturers of the Android devices and possibly also through the mobile network operators. This can take a long time and means that security gaps can sometimes only be closed after weeks or months. In addition, it is always unclear which (upcoming) Android versions the devices from Samsung, Sony, HTC, Huawei and Co. are compatible with. New versions take forever to be distributed.
Like the FAZ shows, the spread of Android 2018, which was released in autumn 9, is currently “only a few percent”. According to Apple Insider The spread of iOS was already 70% at the beginning of December last year - and not only on current, but on all iOS devices. So most of the Android devices are out of date and are brimming with security flawswhich - if at all - are only resolved very late. That's why I personally prefer to have an iPhone and an iPad. And then I don't mind any restrictions in terms of customization - if you want to be dead-configured and really want Comics Sans as a system font, you are better off with Android ...
If you want to have cracked apps, beta versions and applications that are too unsafe for the App Store or Play Store on your device, you can use Android, Windows and Co. On the mobile devices as well as on the Apple Mac, I don't mind if I can use apps, especially if they come from the App Store. So I can be sure to a high percentage that I am not installing any malware or an unfinished program that keeps crashing. Otherwise I make sure to only load software directly from the developer, and not from dubious sources. Programs from the web do not cause any damage either.
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This is the case with iOS as well as macOS and other Apple operating systems. This even applies to some operating steps across platforms - for example, the simple uninstallation of software in the launchpad and the home screen using the app icons. Even within the apps, the operating concept is usually similar and very clear. For people who are unfamiliar with smartphones, mobile data, and the pitfalls of the Internet in terms of “nasty” websites and malware, the iPhone and Mac also offer a safer environment. Of course you can still go on Phishing e-mails fall for it, but overall I would classify the risk that software does malicious things without the user giving “approval” for it to be lower.
The lifespan of Apple devices is very long; this is especially the case with computers and smartphones. Now - in 2019 - I will still get iPhone 6 models for friends who want to buy a smartphone. The device from 2014 is still supported with the latest iOS and still works very smoothly. And if you want to sell it, you have less depreciation than with a device from another manufacturer. Whether Windows PC or Android smartphone - the devices or individual components (CPU, GPU, etc.) are quickly out of date and the price even drops significantly for new goods in the first year. That's not a good sign for long-term users.
The role of iCloud is also regularly underestimated in the discussion about Apple and other manufacturers or systems. Sure, Android, Windows, Linux and other devices can also be equipped with Google Drive, Dropbox and Co. But these are not proprietary offers, but third-party services whose end-to-end encryption is not individually tailored to the end devices. The iCloud, on the other hand, is - apart from rare security gaps or phishing incidents - an internal system tool with which files can not only be securely exchanged and created, but also encrypted user data, contacts and access data between the iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS devices can be distributed.
In several points it is worthwhile to choose an Apple Mac for computer work, as has already been explained extensively so far, if you are already using other Apple devices. With macOS, too, the operating concept is coherent, secure and shielded against hazards over a large area. In addition, there is good networking with the other Apple devices. Of course, if you want to use a gaming PC or use certain Windows-only programs, you could use Acer, Lenovo, HP, Alienware, Medion and Co. - or simply create a Windows partition on the Mac;) It is probably user- and a matter of taste, and it depends on the individual task at hand on the computer.
This article is not intended to convert anyone to Apple and I also do not want to make religion out of the matter. If you prefer an Android mobile phone because you don't like Apple's company policy or the prices of the products, you're welcome to do so. I just want to explain my personal opinion, because every now and then I am asked for a recommendation for a smartphone and then people say that Samsung, HTC, Google, Xiaomi etc. also make beautiful devices. That is also correct ... Google Pixel smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy series are very good hardware, but unfortunately no iOS runs on them. And since I'm not an Android friend because it has so many security and data gaps, only Apple remains with its iPhones and iPads.
What do you think about the topic? What advantages and disadvantages do you see in Apple, and what is your attitude towards Android, Windows, Linux and their isotopes? Do you use multiple systems for different purposes? Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion and your experiences :)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.