Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

Summary: A run down of some of the most controversial decisions or actions by Apple, including some of their biggest mistakes to date.

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  • 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.

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    For more on company controversies, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column or for more on Apple, visit the ZDNet Apple Core column.

  • 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.

    The European Commission regulators also questioned whether content was restricted to the iTunes Stores as a 'violation of EU free-trade legislation', landing the company in hot water over its closed system.

    Even recently, Apple's subscription plans raised possible anti-trust concerns, with law professors piling up in their numbers to criticise Apple's allowance of publishers to sell subscriptions -- the main caveat being to only allow it through the App Store. On that note, there have been challenges between companies for the term 'App Store' and who should be allowed to use it.

    There will be more on Apple's stance on the Adobe Flash platform later on.

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    For more on company controversies, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column or for more on Apple, visit the ZDNet Apple Core column.

  • 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.

    The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are both deciding on who shall lead the investigation into an anti-trust enquiry

    Steve Jobs penned a 'thoughts on Flash' post last year which spun the technology industry into heated debate as to whether he was right, or plainly wrong. Nevertheless, iPhones and iPads still do not have Flash installed (and cannot be installed) on them.

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    For more on company controversies, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column or for more on Apple, visit the ZDNet Apple Core column.

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  • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    Not being able to install Flash is by far the biggest one. Although I'm just a small, simple web developer, this issue takes care of hours and hours of needless, senseless extra work to make websites that are already there, compatible for all situations. Steve J. originally said this was because of security, but I just don't believe him. It's simply money.... I do believe in the future of HTML5, but to push it this way is idiocy and there's no alternative for the possibilities of Flash in many situations, not now and not in the near future. And isn't it striking that most HTML5 code snippets to show video on a website use (you guess it) ..... Quicktime?
    jvhulst@...
    • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

      @jvhulst@...
      Welcome to 2011 Flash is soo 2001..
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

        @Hasam1991
        Spoken by a true Apple muppet
        kstap
    • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

      It's not about security, it's about control.
      iPhone is an ultimate closed system and Apple wants to control everything you run on it. Controvercy? Yes. Foul-up? No. It is a clever thing for them to do.
      Pain for the web developers? You bet!
      Scrabbler
      • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

        @Scrabbler It's nothing about control or being clever. Flash is so CPU/GPU hungry and out moded that it was simply not possible to get it to work smoothly. I've seen the results and it works on lightweight stuff but not most of it. Adobe have done nothing to help and as Apple quite rightly say, 'they take too long to develop upgrades to keep up with current hardware'. Even the Flash player on other smart phones isn't really up to the job is it? Plus, Flash was designed for the mouse and desktop. It is still implemented that way. YOU try getting ALL or even MOST of the flash pages to work on a Touchscreen laptop. it doesn't work because it wasn't designed to and STILL hasn't been upgraded by Adobe to do so (the player I mean, not the creator which does now have output for touch devices).
        In terms of security and control, what Apple have done is a good thing by having all software go through it's own vetting as we have seen by the lack of control on Android and how that has been abused by many malware developers recently.

        Pi
        seaniepie
  • Trolling for page views

    Are we?
    Thanks to AdBlock Plus, I see nothing.
    davebarnes
    • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

      @davebarnes Turn off AdBlock Plus then.
      zwhittaker
      • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

        @zwhittaker

        He was being facetious. Your list is so full af inaccuracies, improperly drawn conclusions, libel, and flat out lies, it would be amazing that it was even allowed to be published, except this is ZDNet, and your previous articles have made clear that their editorial standards are all but nonexistent.
        1) "Apple, in a nutshell, collected location data which was stored unencrypted on iOS devices"

        Bull. Apple simply did not collect the consolidated.db file.

        2) Foxconn is contractually obligated to uphold certain minimal worker wage and environmental standards that are well above industry standards. What other manufacturers require this? Does Dell? HP? Anybody?
        3) I have GV installed on my 3GS. From the App Store. Approved by Apple. Lie much?

        And the list goes on.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

        @DeusXMachina I appreciate your comment. I've amended slide 9 and 2.
        zwhittaker
      • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

        @zwhittaker
        First, I appreciate your response, but you did not correctly update the Foxconn slide, and those things I listed where not the only errors. You clearly wrote this article from your own, biased, incorrect information (i.e. your memory) rather than bothering to fully research the topic. If you had you might have found out that Apple, unlike most other contractees, requires minimum worker standards and pay much higher than industry average, and that as a result, the jobs on the Apple lines are prime, sought-after positions. Perhaps you might want to consider that the stress of keeping and the threat of losing these enviable positions in Foxconn is what leads some more unstable employees to resort to drastic measures. The only cure would then be for Apple to require WORSE living conditions and wages.

        But this is not your only factual error. Do you need me to point them out, slide by slide?
        DeusXMachina
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  • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    This felt like a bunch of whining. All overblown.
    danilko1
  • Wow...Apples screwups are all in the last year?

    What about the Lisa? The Cube?
    dhs121963
    • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

      @dhs121963
      Cubes are awesome! I have 2 at home!
      Hasam1991
  • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    The puck mouse!
    notrozer
  • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    I enjoy how every article concerning some issue with Apple, every single Apple user/fanboy/macboy/whatever you wanna call yourselves; jump on it and complain about how inaccurate it is... <br><br>Who cares...I like reading different vantage points of different companies...Its not YOUR company..you dont own a majority stake, so stop taking it all to heart lol<br><br>Besides, the more you comment on these articles that you rant so much on, the more they'll write for an argument...
    iPwn
    • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

      @iPwnz

      "I enjoy how every article concerning some issue with Apple, every single Apple user/fanboy/macboy/whatever you wanna call yourselves; jump on it and complain about how inaccurate it is...

      Who cares..."

      Really?!? You want to go with that? Who cares if the reporting is factually inaccurate, and has no probative value?
      Really?!?

      That says more re: the value of your opinion than I could ever say.
      DeusXMachina
  • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    I really didn't mind the first idea of building a porn free world, wish the dirty souls that began this abuse if marriage never existed.

    Today, it appears one of those dirty souls is working for Apple as I keep reading about more and more pornographic apps making their way into the AppStore, here on Zdnet :( Sheesh, how dirty minded can these b|tches get :|
    MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Apple's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

      @MrElectrifyer

      Oh please.
      DeusXMachina