Apple's software is Malware (malicious software).
Apple is a company that thwarts technological advances.
Apple is a tax evading corporation seemingly untouchable by the Australian government.
We do not recommend the purchase or use of Apple products.
If you are using Apple products, here are some reasons not to, as documented by stallman.org under the headline;
Right to repair
Apple used its censorship system to enforce China's censorship
distribution of the New York Times app.
More about Apple's censorship of apps and other malicious functionalities in Apple software.
Apple appears to be censoring
all bitcoin apps for iThings.
It should be illegal to make or distribute computers which are platforms for censorship.
Apple demonstrates the arbitrariness of its censorship
an app that tells people with text messages when US drone attacks
The author said that this app was meant to raise awareness. I hope Apple's censorship of it raises awareness.
- Apple censors information about abortion providers.
- As of 2015, Apple systematically bans apps that endorse abortion rights or would help women find abortions. This particular political slant affects other Apple services.
- Apple's mail service silently censors the mail people send.
- Apple deauthorized a Wikileaks access application, using censorship to support censorship.
Apple censors iTunes ebooks —
banning all mention of Amazon.
People should not do business with Amazon, which mistreats authors, publishers, its workers, and its customers. Ms Lisle's presupposition that the goal of success is all that matters is not admirable.
However, that doesn't justify Apple's censorship.
Of course, publishing in iTunes was already bad for other reasons, such as DRM, and requiring users to use nonfree software.
- Apple banned from iTunes the erotic novel, The Proof of the Honey, saying it was because of the cover.
Apple censored a game for the iThings called Angry
Syrians, which is a political parody of Angry Birds.
Apple said it was "defamatory or offensive" — to the dictator Assad, apparently.
Apple cut off access to the app store for Iranian users of iMonsters.
The underlying wrong here is that Apple gave itself censorship power over everyone that uses those computers — power that we should not allow anyone to have.
SpyingApple spies on its users, and helps others spy on them.
If you carry a cell phone, it
tells Big Brother where you are. Apple wants to hand out the information too.
Using the lever of "You have a choice, but unless you say yes, your old activities will stop working" is something that Apple has done before, with malicious "upgrades". Apple ostensibly doesn't force people to accept the new nasty thing; it just punishes them if they don't.
a security hole in iTunes unfixed for 3 years after being
informed about the problem. During that time, governments used
that security hole to invade people's computers.
- Apple's Capitulation to China's VPN Crack-Down Will Return to Haunt it at Home.
- Apple has outsourced its user data storage in China to a company controlled by the Communist Party of the province of Guizhou
- Apple persists in disregarding the widespread blatant abuse of the workers that build its products.
- In 2015, the workers making Apple products in China are still mistreated.
- Apple uses sweatshops in China to build its products.
- Sweatshops are good for Foxconn (and for Apple), but not for workers.
- An undercover journalist reports on the horrible conditions in the Foxconn factory that makes iThings: still horrible in 2012.
- Foxconn closed schools and forced the students to work building iThings.
- Working conditions at Apple's other Chinese suppliers are even worse than in Foxconn.
Pegatron sweatshops are even nastier than the Foxconn sweatshops
it used before.
Just because you're not pregnant, should that make it ok to require
you to work 11 hours a day, 6 days a week? Apple is culpable if its
products are made by people working a longer workweek than is allowed
in the US.
- Mistreatment of workers making Apple computers continues in 2014. This is a general injustice, and will continue until the "brand" companies are made legally responsible for treatment of the workers that do their work, just as if they were direct employees of those companies. But that doesn't excuse Apple.
Tax avoidanceApple practices tax avoidance using loopholes and lobbying.
Apple pioneered techniques for avoiding the US corporate tax
(even though it is far too low) in order
to pay next to no tax.
The loopholes that Apple uses would be closed, if not for the political power of business. "Free trade" treaties give business increased power to block such changes, so we must abolish them to break business's power.
The Apple CEO met with the troll and said: "Tim Cook from Apple, I'm
here to talk to the President-elect about the things we can do to help
you achieve your stated goal."
Cook was angling for a big tax cut for multinational businesses.
Apple Avoided $40 Billion in Taxes (by lobbying for a tax cut). Now
It Wants a Gold Star?
Right to repair
- Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm.
forbids recyclers of Apple computers from extracting any
usable spare parts from them, by imposing nasty contracts.
Apple's conduct should be forbidden by law so that no company can ever do this.
The iPhone 7
DRM specifically to brick it if anyone other than an authorized
repair agent fixes it.
The term "lock" is inadequate to describe this sort of malware. Let's use other words that show what's really going on.
Apple faces trial in Australia for
bricking devices because they had had
an "unauthorized" repair.
Apple machines are built with unusual screws that
make it difficult for the owner to take them apart.
Along with technical barriers, Apple lobbies against "right to repair" laws.
- Apple is campaigning against right-to-repair laws that weaken the unjust effect of the DMCA.
Apple iThings pioneered a new level of restricting the users:
they were the first general purpose computers to impose censorship
over what programs the user can install. Apple practices
Digital Restrictions Management
in many other ways too.
Ebooks with DRM won't work on an iThing that is jailbroken, due
to intentional sabotage by Apple.
E-books with digital handcuffs are products designed to attack your freedom, much like the iThing itself.
- Apple doesn't trust, or respect, those who use its products.
exploits the app developers mercilessly, aside from a few stars
whose role is to give a misleading impression of what developers can
I can't sympathize much with those app developers, since they are making proprietary software. They all deserve to fail. However, that doesn't excuse the way Apple treats them.
Apple lures people into the business of developing apps with visions of
the great wealth that a few of them get.
Most just fail, often losing a substantial investment.
Anyone who intentionally develops proprietary software (i.e., does not respect users' freedom) deserves no sympathy, but that doesn't excuse Apple for luring people into it. Some of them would not have tried to develop proprietary software if not for Apple.
- Apple is a major patent aggressor. Here's a rather absurd patent that Apple will surely use against other mobile computers. This joins many other patents which Apple is already using to attack free software.
Lots of iThing users complained that they did not want the U2
album "gift" that Apple stuck them with — and that it was
These complaints focus on a superficial problem, reflecting the shallow thinking that Apple instills in its users. Ironically, though, this superficial problem reflects a much deeper problem that the complainers have failed to notice: the unjust power that Apple has imposed on whoever uses an iThing or iTunes.
Apple turns a
blind eye to environment in China.
Although Apple has joined EPEAT again, it does not cover the iThings — only the Macintosh.
- Apple practices planned obsolescence for the iBad — in just two years.
Apple store staff are taught
The mere practice of referring to service staff as "geniuses" is dishonest already.
Apple devices lock users in solely to Apple services by being
incompatible with all other options, ethical or inethical.