In the same way as other effective tech organizations, Apple, Inc. is a myth magnet. There’s a basic purpose behind this: The Cupertino, Calif.- based organization is covered in mystery. Press and interpersonal interaction Web locales are constantly overflowing with gossipy tidbits about Apple’s next huge item discharge – a mystery protected more nearly than “The Hobbit” film creation.
The persona encompassing the organization is both advocated and hard-earned. Macintosh was established in 1976 and discovered achievement rapidly with the development of the Apple I Personal (PC). Be that as it may, it was the coming of the Macintosh in 1984 (and the great TV advertisement that propelled it) that would make Apple well known. It wouldn’t last, however, as strains between fellow benefactor Steve Jobs and president and CEO John Sculley would prompt Jobs’ flight the next year. Occupations wouldn’t come back to Apple until 1997, when the organization was amidst a lofty decay [source: The Apple Museum].
That decay may have been random, as nobody saw the iMac coming. Nobody anticipated the progressive effect of the iPod, iPhone or iPad, either. Because of these madly effective items, Apple dependable anticipate the yearly MacWorld meeting with awesome suspicion, estimating about what new item declarations will be made.
For all Apple’s hero status in the tech world, there’s still a great deal that we don’t think about the organization. Here, we’ll expose 10 myths about Apple, in no specific request. Riddle explained – or is it?
1. Apple is Going Out of Business
The greatest running joke in tech circles is that Apple has been leaving business for a long time. For a considerable length of time, it was the remote anomaly of the individualized computing world, getting a miniscule offer of the Microsoft-ruled market at whatever point it could.
Huge numbers of Apple’s item discharges have been met with mocking from the tech news-casting foundation. A considerable measure of that wrath was coordinated toward the Newton, the primary financially created, writable tablet PC that ended up being a basic and business bomb. Development can be expensive, and in the brains of a few writers, Apple is constantly one (false) advance far from chapter 11.
One case of this talk in real life occurred in 2007 when Apple presented the iPhone. Today, the iPhone is the most perceived name in cell phones. In 2007, however, faultfinders rejected Apples’ new iPhone (and its sticker price) as “just an extravagance trinket that will speak to a couple of device monstrosities” [source: Lynn]. In the final quarter of 2008, a while into a monetary subsidence in the U.S., Apple sold 4 million iPhones, speaking to a 88 percent expansion over a similar quarter a year prior [source: Apple].
Commentators have additionally since quite a while ago anticipated that Apple will be pushed out of the PC equipment business, compelled to concentrate rather on programming or gadgets. In 2006, gauges said Apple would quit making Macintosh PCs by 2010 [source: Siebold]. Those theories, obviously, demonstrated false.
In the interim, Apple dispatched 25 percent more Macintosh PCs in May 2009 than it did one year prior. By examination, the PC advertise as a rule just expanded shipments by one 1 percent over a similar period [source: Gonsalves]. In 2009, Macs represent a strong 9 percent of the American PC showcase, contrasted with 6 percent just two years earlier [source: Cheng].
Indeed, even Apple’s hardest commentators would experience considerable difficulties discovering anything to condemn about those figures. The following thing in our rundown, however, has a few people watching out for Apple regardless of what the numbers resemble.
2. Without Steve Jobs, Apple is Finished
Steve Jobs is synonymous with Apple’s prosperity. When he came back to the wallowing organization in 1997 as between time CEO subsequent to being expelled in a meeting room upset in 1985, he drove a mythic Apple resurgence that still proceeds with today [source: Cheng].
Employments was the dark turtleneck-and-pants clad tech master who, after quite a long time, made that big appearance at MacWorld to acquaint the world with the absolute most imaginative registering and hardware contraptions of the previous two decades, including the first iMac, iPod and iPhone.
At the point when Jobs ventured down in January 2009 for a six-month time away because of genuine – and undisclosed – medical problems, the man and his organization stood out as truly newsworthy around the globe. Could Apple make due without its charming virtuoso of a CEO? The inquiry waited after Jobs came back to work, particularly when he in the end surrendered from his CEO part in August 2011. He passed away on Oct. 5, 2011, at 56 years old.
Despite the regular pain and vulnerability attached to his passing, most specialists trust Apple will experience no difficulty going ahead without Jobs. For a certain something, it’s not entirely obvious the way that, notwithstanding his mystique and impact, Jobs didn’t imagine or plan a considerable lot of Apple’s most noteworthy hits. Jonathan Ive, senior VP of mechanical plan, gets acknowledgment for the first iMacs, the snap wheel iPod and the iPhone 3G [source: Arthur]. Shouldn’t something be said about every one of those noteworthy Apple advertisements and showcasing efforts? Keep in mind the “Switch” and “Macintosh versus PC” advertisements? Those were the brainchild of Phil Schiller, senior VP of globel promoting [source: Dannen].
All the more vitally, the Apple that Jobs deserted in 2011 was altogether different than the Apple that Steve Jobs spared in 1997 [source: Harris]. Because of Jobs, Apple has a reasonable vision, solid marking and an unflaggingly faithful after. Indeed, even as it proceeds onward following Jobs’ passing, the organization will be on certain balance – or as beyond any doubt as things get in the tech business – for quite a while to come.
Our next myth has made potential Apple clients waver, however we should perceive any reason why it’s all only a misconception.
3. Macintoshes and Windows Computers are Incompatible
One of Apple’s greatest stamps on popular culture was its “Get a Mac” advertisement battle including on-screen characters John Hodgman as PC and Justin Long as Mac. The “Macintosh versus PC” TV plugs provoked both genuine level headed discussions and various spoofs. With all that buildup, it’s anything but difficult to accept that Macs and Windows PCs are so extraordinary as to be absolutely incongruent.
It’s actual that Macs and Windows PCs keep running on various working frameworks. Macintoshes utilize the UNIX-based OS X while Windows machines utilize, well, Windows. Be that as it may, that doesn’t imply that the two working frameworks talk totally unique dialects.
First of all, pretty much every regular programming application keeps running on the two Macs and Windows PCs. That incorporates Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), most significant Web programs (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari), Adobe Photoshop and even iTunes. This implies Mac and PC clients can share practically every kind of archive or document. Additionally, Macs and PCs can without much of a stretch keep running on a similar home or corporate system.
For clients, the real contrast amongst Mac and Windows comes down to beautifiers and semantics. A long-term Windows clients may take a gander at a Mac and ask, “Where’s the Start menu? For what reason don’t applications close when I tap the X? What the hell is a Finder?” One other outstanding contrast is recreations, with some PC amusements showing up for Mac after the title’s underlying discharge, or not in the slightest degree.
Some portion of the perplexity originates from the diverse ways that the two frameworks approach menus. On a Mac, the principle application menu is dependably on the highest point of the screen, isolate from the dynamic application windows themselves. Thus, notwithstanding when you close your program windows on a Mac, the application you were utilizing is as yet running. You need to choose “Quit” to close the application totally.
The considerable thing is you don’t need to pick amongst Macs and PCs any longer: Apple offers an application called Boot Camp that gives you a chance to run Windows on your Mac. When you utilize Boot Camp, you can choose whether to switch between OS X and Windows when you reboot the PC. Apple guarantees that Windows has all the equipment drivers it requirements for the Mac you’re utilizing, however it limits you to the 32-bit rendition of Windows regardless of the possibility that you have 64-bit Mac equipment.
Presently, how about we take a gander at a myth that could hit you appropriate in the wallet.
4. Apple Products Aren’t Overpriced
This is a myth propagated by Apple’s skilled advertising division and resounded by Apple fans the world over. Apple does not bandy with the way that, by and large, Apple items cost more than comparative items made by different producers. Rather, it contends that its items are superior to the point that they’re justified regardless of the value climb.
Look at the moderate flawlessness of the iPod to the inconvenient MP3 players that preceded it. Consider the instinctive touch-screen enchantment of the iPhone and the puzzling menus on other advanced mobile phones. Keep in mind when you saw your first iMac? It thumped those beige boxes appropriate out of the recreation center, isn’t that right?
Obviously individuals will pay somewhat more cash for unrivaled outline and an all the more fulfilling client encounter. What amount more are the eager to spend, however? You can’t put a sticker price on style, however you can put a sticker price on equipment.
In 2009, given a MacBook Pro and a Dell portable PC with about a similar equipment details, the Mac cost $675 more [source: Wildstrom]. Conclusions differ on whether it’s justified, despite all the trouble to pay more than 50 percent more for the MacBook to get your hands on the OS X working framework. Microsoft calls this the “Apple Tax.” Apple calls it simply one more myth [source: Fried].
Apple’s costs have likewise provoked imaginative programmers to concoct their own particular Mac thump offs. For instance, PC programmers at Hackintosh.com keep up ventures on the best way to run Mac OS X on less expensive PC equipment, despite the fact that OS X isn’t upheld on equipment other than a Mac. For our next myth, we’ll take a gander at why these endeavors to change or clone Apple programming isn’t as simple as it may appear.
5. Apple is a Friend of Open Source
In processing legend, Microsoft is the monopolistic monster who pulverizes the innovative and entrepreneurial yearnings of little, open-source (or non-exclusive) engineers. Apple, then again, is one of the “great folks.” It would absolutely appear to be valid, since OS X is based upon the group coded FreeBSD part and Safari utilizes open-source innovation called WebKit [source: Cubrilovic]. Additionally, the application programming interface for Apple iOS is accessible for any individual who needs to fiddle with making their own applications for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
The incongruity is that Apple, the companion of open source, is presently seen by numerous geeks as more exclusive than Microsoft [source: Asay]. The grumbling, reverberated by many open-source programming designers, is that Apple constructs its items by utilizing the absolute best open-source innovation and afterward deters them to general society behind hermetically fixed cases and groups of legal advisors.
For instance, Apple’s legal advisors as of late constrained a little gathering of Linux developers to stop online talks of figuring out iTunes to make sense of how to influence iPods to function with programming other than iTunes. Apple says that is illicit [source: McMillan]. Macintosh just needs iPod to work with iTunes and it just needs iPhone clients to download new applications through its own online App Store. This is baffling for engineers who need to win the endorsement of Apple before they can convey their product to purchasers.
Programming rights aren’t all that Apple’s battling for. In our article Why has Germany blocked offers of the Samsung Galaxy Tab? we investigate Apple’s claims against Samsung and other tablet PC makers for duplicating the two its equipment and programming plans. Therefore, Apple isn’t recently ensuring its own items, yet it’s ensuring others can’t profit by cloning the highlights that made those items fruitful.
You will most likely be unable to clone Apple items, however would Apple clone one of its items to make another? We’ll answer that inquiry in the following myth.
6. The iPad is Just a Big iPod Touch
Following the iPad dispatch, pundits looked past the stunning demos to perceive what the gadget was about [source: Fox and Albro]. Their decision? It’s only a bigger form of the iPod Touch.
At first glance, this absolutely appears to be valid. The two gadgets run the Apple iOS and, along these lines, can run any of the applications accessible from the App Store. The look and feel of the working framework is indistinguishable on every gadget, similar to the smooth, moderate look of the silver edging, dark edge and single catch. Between the two, the iPad gives you the bigger screen for a simpler ordeal perusing ebooks or watching recordings.
The gadgets do have some essential contrasts within, however. To begin with, the iPad can work as a bigger iPhone, as well, on the off chance that you buy a model that chips away at a supporting 3G portable system (AT&T and Verizon in the U.S.). This is valuable for individuals who need the accommodation of remote Internet when there isn’t an advantageous WiFi organize accessible.
Notwithstanding the 3G alternative, the iPad highlights a 1 GHz double center processor. This implies it will better help the applications you run, particularly for errands like watching recordings or playing realistic concentrated amusements.
At long last, the iPad underpins full HD video. Macintosh shows that the iPad can play video up to 1080p, with 30 dynamic casings for each second. The iPad can likewise show video up to 1080p when joined to bigger screens utilizing Apple’s exclusive connectors.
Discussing exclusive connectors, the following myth isolates actuality from fiction with regards to whether you’re in an ideal situation purchasing Apple frill for your PC.
7. Macintoshes Work Better with Apple-mark Accessories
On the off chance that you visit an Apple retail location, you can’t resist the urge to see how every part they offer is intended to look incredible together. Each Mac desktop is combined with a coordinating screen, console, mouse and speakers. Indeed, even the connectors and links are molded and shaded to supplement the Apple stylish.
While coordinating peripherals and embellishments may enable you to like your buy, don’t trust the myth that you’re in an ideal situation buying them. In the event that the embellishment utilizes USB, WiFi or Bluetooth, you have a ton of non-Apple choices available since these are industry-standard approaches to associate gadgets.
For example, the Apple Magic Mouse is a remote mouse utilizing Bluetooth and fueled by two AA batteries. Other than having exclusive Multi-Touch that takes after the MacBook touchpad, it’s only a remote mouse that will set you back $69. By examination, a Logitech V470 Cordless Laser Mouse for Bluetooth retails for $49.99, and Logitech and its retailers over the U.S. frequently offer rebates of $10 or more for this item [sources: Apple, Logitech].
In the event that the adornment requires an exclusive connector, you may require a connector, however you shouldn’t purchase the frill itself. For instance, a current MacBook offers a Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP) for interfacing with a different show. In the event that you utilize a non-Apple show with an industry standard innovation, as DVI or VGA, you’ll have to buy a connector from Apple to switch between connectors. A connector will cost around $29 [sources: Apple, Apple].
As a disclaimer, however, we should take note of that a few embellishments offer almost no solid choices. For instance, MacBooks utilize a restrictive MagSafe control connector, and it’s staunchly safeguarded its elite rights to create MagSafe connectors. You could buy a MagSafe knock-off, yet that is dangerous. On the off chance that the power connector doesn’t work legitimately, it could cause genuine harm your PC that won’t not be secured under guarantee [source: Apple].
Presently how about we take a gander at a myth that is caused a great deal of dithering for imminent iPhone purchasers.
8. Apple Hates Flash
Streak is a restrictive media record organize made utilizing Adobe Flash programming. To see Flash substance, your Web program must incorporate a module gave by Adobe. Streak is bolstered in most Web programs, yet it isn’t accessible on any Apple iOS gadget, including the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
The myth behind Apple’s choice is that the organization just loathes Flash. This began when Apple discharged its first iPhone without supporting Flash. Continuous updates to the Apple iOS stage flagged that Apple had no expectation of supporting Flash on its cell phones. It appeared as though Apple was pursuing a noiseless war against Adobe. Sharpness expanded in the media, from both industry faultfinders and Adobe, following the iPad’s declaration in January 2010 [source: Dilger].
Employments likewise scattered the presumption that the Web was unusable without Flash help. He reminded perusers that while there is a great deal of Flash substance on the Web, a lot of that substance is additionally accessible in H.264 organize, which is upheld on Apple iOS. Adjusting his clarification, Jobs additionally reverberated assessments from over the tech business showing an expanding absence of security and dependability in Flash innovation [source: Jobs].
To put it plainly, however Apple obviously wouldn’t like to help Flash in Apple iOS, its reasons originated from business choices as opposed to sincere beliefs. Circumstantially, the huge tech buzz in November 2011 was that the quiet war had finished with a triumph for Apple. That is when Adobe declared that it was stopping improvement of its Flash Player programming for versatile programs, viably surrendering intelligent portable Web encounters to the more up to date and progressively well known HTML5 innovation [source: Finkle].
Apple may not monitor Flash, but rather would they say they are monitoring you? In the following myth, we’ll see whether iPhone clients should stress over Apple keeping an eye on them.
9. Apple is Using Your iPhone to Track You
On April 20, 2011, startling news reports covered media outlets around the globe saying that Apple was following clients of its cell phones without their insight. The talk originated from a unique report by tech analysts Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, posted at Warden’s Github.com site (called iPhone Tracker).
Superintendent and Allan clarified that they’d discovered a shrouded document in Apple iOS following its iOS 4 refresh in June 2010. They additionally detailed that they couldn’t locate any comparative following codes in the Android versatile OS. The news cycle proceeded for a considerable length of time without an official reaction from Apple, prompting the talk circulating around the web over the Internet and a legitimate request from the U.S. Congress requesting that Apple clarify its designs and answer inquiries concerning it [sources: Arthur, Keizer].
After seven days, on April 27, Apple at long last discharged an announcement to address these cases. In the announcement, Apple denied it was following its clients and expressed that the information gathered was mysterious, encoded data about cell towers and WiFi problem areas that the iPhone recognizes. Apple clarified that it was utilizing the information to build up a group sourced database “with the objective of giving iPhone clients an enhanced movement benefit in the following couple of years” [source: Apple].
In spite of the announcement, a few pundits were as yet unconvinced. Apple’s announcement did not clarify why it hid the nearness of this concealed record, which put away the gathered area information decoded on the iOS document framework. It additionally portrayed certain activities as bugs, including proceeded with gathering of area information even with Location Services killed. Apple guaranteed fixes to these bugs in the “following real iOS programming discharge,” which means iOS 5, which was discharged later that year [source: Keizer].
For our last myth, we should go up against one of the huge reasons many individuals give for picking a Mac over a Windows PC.
10. Macintoshes Can’t Get Viruses
Maybe one of Apple’s greatest offering focuses for Mac OS X is its apparently invulnerable hindrance against infections and other malware. One moment, however. No working framework is immaculate with regards to maintaining a strategic distance from malware, including the iron-clad Mac OS X.
The distinction is in how much and what sorts of malware influences Macs. To begin with, there simply isn’t a considerable measure of malware out there intended for Mac OS X. Malware designers are normally hoping to contact the biggest group of onlookers conceivable with their endeavors, and Mac OS X isn’t a prime target. There are a ton of explanations behind this, including the accompanying:
PCs fit for running Microsoft Windows still record for about 90 percent of the quarterly pieces of the overall industry for new PC deals from U.S. sellers [source: Gartner].
Microsoft Windows is upheld on an extensive variety of reasonable PC equipment.
Server-improved forms of Windows keep running on a huge number of system servers worldwide while Macs are seldom utilized as servers.
Second, the sorts of malware that influence Mac depend less on OS vulnerabilities and more on the artlessness of the client. For instance, one type of malware masked itself as a hostile to infection program for Macs. It promoted under the name Mac Protector, Mac Defender, Apple Security Center and different titles. The malware included all that you’d anticipate from a commonplace against infection program: establishment, framework examining and even a provoke to enlist the item.
The most ideal approach to shield yourself from malware dangers on a Mac is to stay up with the latest. Apple will probably discover and address any Mac OS X vulnerabilities before they turn into a major issue. What’s more, inquire about any new programming before you introduce it. That incorporates anything guaranteeing to be a hostile to infection program or a genuine Apple item.
In our commencement, we’ve concentrated on 10 myths about Apple and its items. With the organization’s ubiquity, the expanding piece of the overall industry for Macs and the achievement of its portable items, there will probably be more myths to come. Meanwhile, look at parts more data about Apple myths on the following page.