Some Crazy Myths About Apple
'Apple is Going Out of Business' every week, you'll find an article on this topic. Whether its about the dropping sales of iPad or poor response to iPhone 5c, people just like to speak about Apple sales.
Critics have also long predicted that Apple will be pushed out of the computer hardware business, forced to focus instead on software or electronics. In 2006, forecasts said Apple would stop making Macintosh computers by 2010 Those speculations, of course, proved false. This just goes on to show the curiosity in people to take apple out of this business.
By the way, just so that you know, Apple shipped 25 percent more Macintosh computers in May 2009 than it did one year before. By comparison, the personal computer market in general only increased shipments by one 1 percent over the same period. In 2009, Macs account for a solid 9 percent of the American PC market, compared to 6 percent only two years prior. Isn't it amazing?
#9 Without Steve Jobs, Apple is Finished
Undoubtedly, Steve Jobs played a very important role in making Apple what it is today but it doesn't entirely mean that Apple cannot function without Steve.
When Jobs stepped down in January 2009 for a six-month leave of absence due to serious and undisclosed health issues, the man and his company made headlines around the world. Could Apple possibly survive without its charismatic genius of a CEO? The question lingered after Jobs returned to work, especially when he eventually resigned from his chief executive role in August 2011. He passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, at the age of 56. And guess what, Apple is still the biggest tech company in the world.
#8 Macs and Windows Computers are Incompatible
People generally like to talk about the compatibility of Apple's products with other products. It's true that Macs and Windows PCs run on different operating systems. Macs use the UNIX-based OS X while Windows machines use, well, Windows. But that doesn't mean that the two operating systems speak completely different languages.
They are very much compatible with each other. For starters, just about every common software application runs on both Macs and Windows PCs. That includes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), most major Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari), Adobe Photoshop and even iTunes. This means that Mac and PC users can share almost every type of document or file.
#7 Apple Products Aren't Overpriced
Well, this is a myth that comes from Apple house itself. Perhaps, an in house myth that their products aren't overpriced. This is a myth perpetuated by Apple's talented public relations department and echoed by Apple fans around the world. Apple does not quibble with the fact that, on average, Apple products cost more than similar products made by other manufacturers.
Apple's prices have also prompted creative hackers to invent their own Mac knock-offs. For example, PC hackers at Hackintosh.com maintain steps on how to run Mac OS X on cheaper PC hardware, even though OS X is not supported on hardware other than a Mac. For our next myth, we'll look at why these efforts to tweak or clone Apple software isn't as easy as it might seem. So the next time if you hear that Aplle Products aren't overpriced, you know how to react!!!
#6 Apple is a Friend of Open Source
This mere myth has interested tons of people around the world. In computing lore, Microsoft is the monopolistic beast who crushes the creative and entrepreneurial aspirations of small, open-source (or non-proprietary) developers. Apple, on the other hand, is one of the "good guys." It would certainly seem to be true, since OS X is built upon the community-coded FreeBSD kernel and Safari uses open-source technology called WebKit. Also, the application programming interface for Apple iOS is available for anyone who wants to dabble in creating their own apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
#5 The iPad is Just a Big iPod Touch
This has to be one of the most funniest and insanely stupid myth about Apple ever. Although, On the surface, this certainly seems true. Both devices run the Apple iOS and, thus, can run any of the apps available from the App Store. The look and feel of the operating system is identical on each devices, as is the sleek, minimalistic look of the silver edging, black frame and single button. Between the two, the iPad gives you the larger screen for an easier experience reading e-books or watching videos.
But importantly, the devices do have some important differences on the inside, though. First, the iPad can function as a larger iPhone, too, if you purchase a model that works on a supporting 3G mobile network (AT&T and Verizon in the U.S.). This is useful for people who want the convenience of wireless Internet when there isn't a convenient WiFi network available.
#4 Macs Work Better with Apple-brand Accessories
Macs Work Better with Apple-brand Accessories is strictly not true. There is no truth whatsoever in the statement. For instance, the Apple Magic Mouse is a wireless mouse using Bluetooth and powered by two AA batteries. Besides having proprietary Multi-Touch that resembles the MacBook touchpad, it's just a wireless mouse that will set you back $69. By comparison, a Logitech V470 Cordless Laser Mouse for Bluetooth retails for $49.99, and Logitech and its retailers across the U.S. often offer discounts of $10 or more for this product.
If the accessory requires a proprietary connector, you may need an adapter, but you might not need to buy the accessory itself. For example, a current MacBook offers a Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP) for connecting to a separate display. If you use a non-Apple display with an industry standard technology, like DVI or VGA, you'll need to purchase an adapter from Apple to switch between connectors. An adapter will cost around $29.So the bottom line is that, there are plenty of good and cheaper options available in the market.
#3 Apple Hates Flash
I mean seriously? How is this even possible? The point is that Flash is a proprietary media file format created using Adobe Flash software. To view Flash content, your Web browser must include a plug-in provided by Adobe. Flash is supported in most Web browsers, but it isn't available on any Apple iOS device, including the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
The myth behind Apple's decision is that the company just hates Flash. This started when Apple released its first iPhone without supporting Flash. Ongoing updates to the Apple iOS platform signaled that Apple had no intention of supporting Flash on its mobile devices. It seemed as if Apple was waging a silent war against Adobe. But nothing as such is true.
#2 Apple is Using Your iPhone to Track You
Apple is a tech company, not a spy. On April 20, 2011, startling news reports blanketed media outlets around the world saying that Apple was tracking users of its mobile devices without their knowledge. The rumor stemmed from an original report by tech researchers Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, posted at Warden's Github.com site (called iPhone Tracker). Well, much to everyone's relief, this is just a myth.
#1 Macs Can't Get Viruses
Come on people, even Mac is a machine after all. Perhaps one of Apple's biggest selling points for Mac OS X is its seemingly invincible barrier against viruses and other malware. Not so fast, though. No operating system is perfect when it comes to avoiding malware, including the iron-clad Mac OS X.
The types of malware that affect Mac rely less on OS vulnerabilities and more on the gullibility of the user. For example, one form of malware disguised itself as an anti-virus program for Macs. It advertised under the name Mac Protector, Mac Defender, Apple Security Center and other titles. The malware included everything you'd expect from a typical anti-virus program: installation, system scanning and even a prompt to register the product. So, here, this were the list of myths about apple.
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