乔恩•埃文斯在AOL / TechCrunch,标题是“不要苹果":
对苹果有这么多的欣赏They make superb, beautiful productsTheir amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history[…] So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world? It’s because they have, I think, an almost Shakespearean tragic flaw: their obsession with centralized corporate control of the devices they sell[…]
What could go wrong? Well, let’s get dystopically speculative for a momentCan you remember some of the most hyperbolic overreactions to the fall of the World Trade Center, and how they were welcomed by large swathes of the American public? Can you imagine a future in which, following a similar tragedy, Apple rolls over and becomes a de facto arm of surveillance states? I sure can — and Apple’s centralized-command-and-control ecosystem would make it worryingly easy to turn every iOS device into an eye and ear of the panopticon, more or less overnight.
At which point we’d be forced to continue using these spyware Apple products because… ? And engineers at Apple would continue working for the company rather than resigning en masse because… ? And Apple would suffer no bad publicity for its cowardice because… ? Because: Tim Cook could surely flip a switch that would enable this surveillance without anyone noticing.
You can aim similar criticisms at Android, too, but they would miss the mark爱或恨它,Android不是附近原文如此] as centralized as iOS, and Google is not nearly as controlling as AppleIt’s open-source, and major organizations can — and do — fork it to create their own independent versions.
Apple fights an ongoing war with iOS jailbreakers, claiming that their work is “潜在的灾难性”; Google makes it especially easy to root Nexus devices[…]
A massive breach in the private data of a firm that sells software to governments to spy on communications shows that jailbroken iPhones are vulnerable[…]
Two security outfits — the commercial Kaspersky Lab in Russia and academic Citizen Lab in Canada — first revealed in June 2014 that they had discovered and decoded Hacking Team’s smartphone-cracking softwareThe reports at that time indicated that only jailbroken iOS devices could be hijacked, but that malware could be installed on an iOS device when connected to a computer that was confirmed as trusted, and which had been compromised.
That external analysis has now been complemented by the Hacking Team’s internal documentsOne price list shows a €50,000 ($56,000) price tag on an iOS snooping module with the note, “Prerequisite: the iOS device must be jailbroken.”
It may seem silly to criticize a fantastic company that makes superb products and delights its users on the basis of an abstract philosophical dispute.
But I have a sneaking suspicion that over the next year this dispute will grow more and more concreteMaybe, as this contrast heightens, Apple will see the light; maybe instead of fighting jailbreakers, they will offer jailbreaking and sideloading as an option for power users out of the box, just as Android doesThat alone would be a huge seismic shift.
但我不会屏息以待And until and unless that happens, I find it hard to recommend the iOS ecosystem in good conscience, despite its power and beauty, because Apple refuses to return any of the trust it demands from its users.