As a customer – are you ok with the pricing for the Apple stand? Are you ok with the anti-consumer practices of Apple? Don’t you think you should demand better?
I’ve had a love hate relationship with Apple.
My favourite Apple product has been the click wheel iPod, I’ve used the 2010 and 2011 MBP and I have my problems with Mac OS, but overall I think it’s a solid OS, and I like that you have the option of booting windows on a mac. I hated the fact that they led the industry on abandoning the headphone port, and I loved the fact that they are a force for USB C. I haven’t really liked MBPs after 2013, and the 2010-2012 machines I’ve used I really liked, but the GPU issues were a nightmare. As a company, I think they handle privacy better than other technology companies, and I want that to continue.
I’m just saying all these things because I want to show that I do try to be objective in my assessment of Apple.
I’ve been a bit disillusioned with the company recently because I haven’t seen anything particularly groundbreaking from them recently, but it seemed like they were making efforts to give people what they want in terms of performance machines.
But are you happy with the direction the company seems to be taking? Are you happy with the lack of upgradeability of the Macbook pros, and how hard they are getting to repair?
Are you ok with the 1000$ stand?
I’m not going to make an argument as to whether it’s worth a 1000$ price tag. I absolutely don’t think it is. But what I think is irrelevant. I have been wrong many times in my life, and I might be wrong now (though I don’t think I am – I really am not convinced that it’s worth 1000$).
What I think IS relevant is that APPLE has not taken the time to justify the price. It doesn’t need to, of course. It has no legal obligation to. But I do think it’s treating its consumers very exploitatively when it’s not letting them make an informed decision on whether the stand is worth it.
During the conference where it was unveiled – there were clear comparisons between the monitor and similarly specced monitors.
There were comparisons between the Mac Pro and similarly specced computers.
Because Apple wanted to sell the customer on a value proposition. Whether of not it’s true – it’s at least *advertised* value.
But it made no such effort on the stand. No comparison to similar offerings (if they exist). No lofty claims (“courage”) about what the stand does. And that, to me – betrays a cynical manipulation of the consumer. Not like I expect a corporation to be a doyen of ethics, but it’s up to the consumer to be angry and keep them in line.
I’m angry for Apple consumers.
There’s only two scenarios here. Either it’s not worth the price, or it is. But either way – by not selling you on *why* it’s worth the price – the message to me is clear.
Apple wants to push the envelope in terms of how much it can charge a customer without adding value to a product.
Not to mention it’s a proprietary stand which you can’t even reuse with other monitors