Biggest Controversies Apple Has ever been Surrounded by
Apple's censorship rumours have surfaced all around. Apple, for the last year or so, has seemingly been on a company mission to rid any iProduct and iStore it has of pornography, leading to questions of whether Apple is censoring developments.
As 'sexting' is still a problem for many teenagers, Apple even applied for a patent which would prevent iOS users from sending sexually explicit text messages to and from their phones.
iOS devices, particularly the iPhone, have been criticised for their auto-correct feature, which in turn have developed into a meme of its own.
This sounds weird but this is true. Apple has had to face the music with anti-trust and anti-competition regulators and authorities. The US Federal Communications Commission (FTC) began an investigation into the inability to install Google Voice, a competing product to Apple's in-built voicemail product. Google Voice has since been made available to install on iOS devices.
Flash is another controversial topic for Apple. Apple users have longed for the ability to run and install Flash applications on their iOS devices. But a spat between Adobe and Apple emerged after Apple changed the wording in its developer agreements, by disallowing non-Apple approved languages on iOS devices.
#7 Employment Practices
This is one of the most ugly controversy Apple has ever been involved in. Along with the launch of the iPad, many stories broke of the suicides at the Foxconn factory where many Apple products are built and manufactured. Apple investigated Foxconn after complaints were made in 2006, in particular focusing on bad employment practices and workers spending too long building products and not having enough time off. However, Foxconn did announce that it would bring in counsellors to better 'support its workers'.
This one is related to someone from Gizmodo. When Jason Chen of Gizmodo received a prototype of the new iPhone 4, he could not have possibly been able to gauge the reaction and the consequences of his actions.
He published a video showing himself with the iPhone 4 before its release along with a full review and breakdown of the phone.
Police kicked down the door to his home and searched every piece of computing equipment they could find, from hard disks all the way down to flash drives.
Questions were raised of Apple's involvement with the lawsuit and the subsequent legal action against Chen, and even whether Chen was protected under freedom of the press rights held in California and the United States.
Your device's safety comes first. No computer or operating system is entirely invulnerable from security threats and malware. But Apple has had a long history of advertising its products as being secure. Yet this past month has blown that entirely out of the water, with colleague Ed Bott discovering the 'Mac Defender' malware: a piece of malicious software which is installed under false pretence. With testimony from Apple whistleblowers, the problem became ever apparent and was soon to all but rage out of control.
This incident will always remain fresh in Apple's officials mind. A global Christian ministry published an application for the iOS platform, particularly for iPhone users, to help those "struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction". This 'gay-cure' application was only downloaded a few thousand times, with more than 150,000 people signing an online petition urging Apple to take down the software from its application stores.
#3 Top Secret
This happens almost everytime. Apple's default comment to journalists seems to be 'no comment', as any reporter or hack will tell you. Though Steve Jobs will personally reply to some emails sent by readers, both Jobs and Apple shroud themselves in secrecy especially in the run-up to product launches.
Yes, we are talking about network and stuff. 'Antennagate' came about with a series of stories that suggested that the new Apple iPhone 4 would lose signal if it was held in a particular way. Apple eventually came out and said, that 'Antennagate' was not unique to Apple but nevertheless quashed it all but overnight by 'admitting' to a problem that, was probably, mostly invented by the media in the first place.
SOunds very similar to the previous one Antennagate. Locationgate' implicated Google, Apple and Microsoft seemingly with only the BlackBerry manufacturer, Research in Motion, catching a lucky break. iPhone devices, in a nutshell, collected location data which was stored unencrypted on iOS devices, which was available to anyone who could access the device. This kick started a mass furore over privacy, and the "third party" which was involved in the sharing of personal location data.
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