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#1 "All iPhone users get the latest updates."
Many iPhone users are looking forward to iOS 7. Personally, one of the reasons I moved to Android was what I saw of iOS 7. You can read about that here: iOS 7: why I'm finally dumping my iPhone for an Android.
The assertion, "All iPhone users get the latest updates," like most other tech assertions, is somewhat true. All phones from the iPhone 4 and later will support iOS 7, but the old iPhone 3 and 3S won't be supported. Likewise, the original iPad won't upgrade to iOS 7 and is being effectively abandoned.
This problem occurs on the Android side of the house, of course. The Google-reference versions of phones and tablets get upgrades right away, but the devices made by other manufacturers may or may not ever get an upgrade. My year-plus old Nexus 7 got upgraded to Android 4.3, but my three-month-old Galaxy S4 is still running 4.2.x and there's no date for when that will upgrade.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Sure, if you are a recent purchaser. Otherwise, you're in the same boat as the Android folks.
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#2 "We have iMessage."
This is one of the most common statements I've heard, and it baffles me a bit. Of course, I send maybe ten text messages a month, so I'm not the target audience. If you dig into the comments here, you'll see a detailed, almost overblown discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of iMessage.
Android certainly has apps that bypass the pay-as-you-go SMS system, most notably Google Voice.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? I guess, if it makes you happy.
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#3 "Apple is less evil."
The gist of this boils down to one of two themes: "Google watches all your data to sell you ads," and "It's not Microsoft" (corollary: "It's not Google"). No doubt there are some issues of evil-itude from both Microsoft and Google, and yes, in return for free email, Google does scan email messages. They don't hide that fact. But Apple runs iAds, which also try to sell you stuff, most notably a whole lot of in-app purchases that no one really needs.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Nope. Here are three articles about Apple (and yes, they've reported improvements) that should show you the company is like every other big company (they even use the same manufacturers, in some cases):
- Is Apple's suicide factory outsourcing to even cheaper Chinese peasants?
- Apple may be poisoning Chinese workers and doesn't seem to care. Should we?
- iPhone/iPad worker factory housing
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