There are times when a sneeze sneaks up on me and I splatter my Mac’s screen with who knows what kind of wetness infected by who knows what kind of creepy crawly contagious creatures.
Then, there are times when I spit up laughing at some technology writer who claims to be making an astute point or disseminating cogent analysis while said writer actually sits in front of a keyboard and picks the nearest nostril.
Add Sam Grobart of Bloomberg to my list of technology writers who really should find another way to make a living. His Five Products Apple Should Stop Making should be an insightful analysis of some of Apple’s weaker fruit.
Instead, his link bait article does nothing more than display both Grobart’s and Bloomberg’s lack of insight.
Here it comes. The five products Apple should stop making because someone says they should, rather than a list of products that could really be culled.
Safari: Say what?
It’s a perfectly fine Web browser, but it’s not essential. Many people use Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer already—Safari has never cracked 10 percent of browsers in use. Chrome’s now even available as a free app for the iPhone (it’s really quite good—you should check it out).
Not essential? Yet, it’s totally essential and forms the nucleus of many of Apple’s advanced apps, Mac, iPhone, iPad. 10-percent? On what world? Hundreds of millions of Mac, iPhone, iPad users use Safari. Use Chrome instead? Chrome is slower on iPhone and iPad, and ugly and useless on the Mac.
He’s recommending that you check out a slower, inferior browser for your iPhone or iPad. Thanks, Sam.
Pages and Numbers: Say what? Somehow the free world is locked into Microsoft Office and Google Docs, so Pages and Numbers are superfluous (but do you know anyone who uses Google Docs?).
This is Apple’s word processing application, but it’s the third player in a two-player contest. For most people, there’s Microsoft (MSFT) Word, and there’s Google Docs.
That’s where I spit up on my keyboard. Please, Bloomberg. Have an editor edit for a change. Pages and Numbers are hugely popular on the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad. It sure isn’t the case for Google Docs.
Numbers is Apple’s challenge to Microsoft’s Excel, but for better or worse, Excel is the standard here. Maybe even Apple’s aware of this—the most recent version of Numbers (and Pages, for that matter) came out in 2009—that’s three years ago, an eternity for software.
Hello? Numbers and Pages have been updated frequently to keep in step with iCloud and Mountain Lion.
Mission Control/Launchpad/Dashboard: This is a good example of a technology writer writing about technology without trying the technology first.
Most people know them as the weird screens that pop up when you accidentally move your cursor into a corner of the screen and then have to figure out how to get back to what you were working on. And really? There have to be three different apps for all this?
Except that all three perform completely different functions. Not every user is expected to use every function Apple builds into OS X. Sam, please try using a Mac before you write about what Apple should delete from a Mac.
Game Center: Seriously? You’re still complaining about that which you do not know?
I’m sorry, but what is this? I just know it as the annoying thing that pops up before I want to play Angry Birds. Apple’s toe-dipping strategy in regard to social networks has never been terribly illustrious—remember Ping, Apple’s social music feature? Didn’t think so. The iPhone and iPod touch are great gaming devices; there’s no reason to muck up the experience with some riverboat-casino-looking app that’s just getting in the way.
Here’s the deal, Sam. Not everyone uses Game Center. But, before you ditch it, maybe do a little research to find out how many Mac, iPhone, and iPad users are involved with Game Center. I don’t use it, and by actually using a Mac I found out I don’t have to use Game Center. Wil uses it. Everyone he works with uses Game Center.
I suspect Apple has many hundreds of thousands if not millions of users on Game Center and here this clown says Apple should dump it because he doesn’t use it.
Guess what, Sam? I think Bloomberg should dump you as a technology writer because I won’t be reading anything you write ever again.
Sam Grobart merely displays his lack of business sense, lack of understanding of the technology he writes about, and his growing penchant for creating link bait hit-whoring headlines on topics which carry no insight, and substantially less value.