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Apple Doesn’t Inspire Anymore

Here’s to the crazy ones…

Man, we have come a long way, haven’t we?

Apple, a company that changed the world forever.

Apple, that gave innovation a new definition.

Apple, that doesn’t inspire anymore.

Apple is many things….or at least it used to be. But sadly, it’s now no more than a shadow of its former self.

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Image Source: Twitter

The company that gave us the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and so much more. Apple built a customer base so loyal all over the world that most other companies can’t even dream about having something like that.

And yet today, these people, these followers, feel betrayed.

It’s no secret that Apple has been missing in making a mark with its iPhones for quite some time now. The latest batch of iPhones are disappointing, to say the least, and Apple’s share price is not keeping it a secret either.

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Image Source: CNBC

Apple lost over $450 BILLION in three months. Yes, billion.

But I don’t care about the money (of course, it’s not mine). Although it’s good that because of the losses they’d take notice and may actually do something about it.

But the real problem is, Apple doesn’t inspire anymore.

Even though I feel it would be insensitive to pin this on Steve Jobs death, but there is really a clear correlation, and quite likely, causation of the quality drop in Apple’s products.

The last major innovation that Apple did, in my humble opinion, was Siri. I mean a virtual assistant that can do things for you? Now that is a game changer.

Interestingly, Siri was first launched on 12th October 2011, less than a week after Steve Jobs death. It was launched with iPhone 4S, which I believe, was the one last products Steve had any say in, along with iPhone 5.

Coincidently, iPhone 5 was also the best model by Apple.

The innovation that made the iPhone 5 became a huge factor in the success of iPhone 6 and 6S, the most successful iPhones ever.

The fall of iPhones

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Image Source: The Verge

The reason I am talking particularly about the iPhone is that, over the years, it has eclipsed other Apple products. There is usually no hype regarding Apple’s other products, at least not of the year’s new iPhone’s magnitude.

Sure other products are also featured at Apple’s yearly event, but we all know that people just want to know about the latest iPhone.

Which is why they should have done more for it.

There is virtually no major upgrade or innovation in iPhones for almost half a decade now.

Sure, the processor is a bit faster and the body is a bit glossier, but it seems like Apple doesn’t care about doing any major upgrades now.

And this indifference is costing them.

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Image Source: Business Insider

All over the world, Apple is losing its loyal customer base.

And mind you, Apple has, or at least used to have, one of the most loyal fanbases I’ve ever seen.

I mean, people defended Apple till their last breath in your usual Apple vs Android debates.

These people were so loyal that Apple knew that the tagline ‘If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have iPhone’ will work on them because their fans literally didn’t need anything more than that.

But now, if you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have a marginally better device from last year, which not only doesn’t offer that much but is expensive as hell.

After getting disappointed for quite some time now, this fanbase, this loyal following is feeling betrayed.

They feel that they have been wronged. And frankly, it’s getting too much for them to defend Apple for all their myopic decisions.

But that’s not all.

The reason they feel cheated is because Apple actually cheated them.

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Image Source: Independent

Apple admits that they purposely slow down the older phones.

This is a betrayal.

Not only Apple is releasing disappointing phones year after year; it’s actually punishing its customers for having older iPhones.

This is the reason that Apple doesn’t inspire anymore.

Really, it doesn’t.

A company whose foundation was built on challenging the status quo and disrupting the established order with their creativity and innovation, has now become the very thing they hated.

So, what does Apple do after continuously letting its people down?

Do they admit that they need to improve?

Do they uphold the vision that they once believed in?

No.

They did the opposite.

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Image Source: Indiatimes

Tim Cook, in his letter to its stakeholders, blamed people for not buying enough iPhones.

Yes, let that sink in for a second.

They are blaming people now for not wanting to buy marginally better phones for $1000.

This is not a good sign.

Apple putting this on its customers is not only a crappy move, it will also come back to bite them in the future.

Today’s customer is a smart one. They know the value of their hard-earned money and they aren’t gonna waste it on a phone they don’t even like, because then ‘they won’t have an iPhone’.

Apple needs to change its ways.

Apple needs to go back to its roots.

And right now, they are still in a very comfortable position to do it. They are one of the biggest companies in the world, after all.

But even they need to realize that it’s the people that have put them there and they need to give them what they want.

Or, at the very least, don’t blame them for their lack of vision.

Do right by your fans, Apple.

Show them that why they believed in you.

Because right now, you don’t inspire anyone. 

 

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When Profits are worth more than people: Thoothukudi Killings

In a decent world, this day would never have come. But we don’t live in a decent world, do we? The Toothukudi killings claimed the lives of 10 people in Tamil Nadu for protesting against a company named Sterlite Copper which is owned by Vedanta.

Why were these people protesting?

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Source: AatiShiva on Twitter

These protests were not a surprise. There have been continues protests for over 100 days against the Sterlite Copper. According to the protesters, Sterlite Copper has been polluting the air, water and land of the city and many people are facing health problems because of it. The protesters alleged that the company, which makes around 400,000 tonnes of copper per year, has repeatedly ignored health and safety laws and exceeds pollution limits.

This may be very true as heavy traces of Sulphur Dioxide and Iron Oxide have been found in the air of Thoothukudi. The number of people that live in the 10 KM radius of the factory is more than 500,000. There’s also an increased number of health cases including lung diseases, heart diseases and even deformities in newborns.

Why did the police open fire?

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Source: Behindwoods

According to the police, around 20,000 people took out a procession towards the district collectorate after they were denied permission to march to the copper smelter plant. The protest soon turned violent and the protesters started pelting stones, destroying vehicles and even setting them on fire.

^This is what the police has said.

How is this all related to Vedanta?

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Source: Wikimedia Commons

Vedanta owns Sterlite Copper. Vedanta is quite infamous for its unethical means of doing business. The Government of Norway has openly said that Vedanta uses unethical practices and repeatedly breaches environmental laws. You can find all the information here.

It was also banned from the stock market for 2 years in 1998 due to fraud and insider training.

It has also been accused of breaching environmental laws, human rights laws, and quite a few other things. I mean, The Independent named it the most hated company in the world. That is not an easy feat.

Sounds pretty evil, right? Who would want to associate with them?

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the 2 biggest political parties in India?

Vedanta is one of the top donors to both BJP and Congress. Connect the dots yourself. Now, do you understand why the open fire? Why such brutality?

Vedanta was (is?) planning to double its production in Tamil Nadu. But the protests were getting in their way. When they got violent, it provided the perfect opportunity to do it. And what better institution to do it than one that’s government approved?

Oh look, the cops even said that “At least one of them should die.” And they all targeted faces and chests, instead of legs which could have done an equally effective job in stopping them.

“Kill 10 and you could scare a thousand.” That’s how fear works.

The corporates win yet again. The political parties for whom you’re willing to die and kill are getting funded by these corporates and the average Indian life is worth less than dog’s piss. The Toothukudi killings are a glaring reminder of that.

Did it make you sad? Don’t be. You’ll forget about it in a week.

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Does anyone remember Nirav Modi?

Does anyone remember Nirav Modi?

You know, the guy who photobombed our PM?

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Nirav Modi – The guy who’s responsible for the 12,000 crore PNB fraud (That’s rounded up, by the way, I am not even counting the ~300 crore change).

12,000 Crores. Let’s spread out the zeroes, shall we?

120000000000.

That’s a lot of zeroes…

If we consider an average middle-class person’s salary to be 30,000 per month (which I am exaggerating, even I don’t earn that much…or maybe I’m just that poor), then the time it would take that person to earn this much money would be 4000000 months or almost 3,33,333 years.

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That’s a lot of years.

And Nirav Modi, stole that much money and ‘fled’ the country. Fled. I can’t even go to the next town without my mother panicking and calling the police that I’ve been kidnapped (true story) and this guy fled the country along with his whole family. And the reason he’s giving for not coming back to the authorities is that ‘he has work so he can’t come’

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This is the reason he gave to the fucking CBI for not coming to the country. I have to think better excuses to bail on my ‘team outing’ so that I don’t have to see those miserable bastards on the weekend and this man who stole 12000 crores from a national bank, heck from the country, said he can’t come because he has ‘work’.

Nirav Modi – The guy who holds 6 passports whereas I had to go back to my hometown at least 3 times to get the verification process done. This guy gets fresh FIRs registered against him like every other day like it’s aloo pyaaz. 

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(I can hear this picture)

Oh, and do you know that the email account of the guy who heads the banking fraud division (which is probing Nirav Modi’s case) in CBI, has been compromised? Yep, what a wonderful coincidence!

See, it’s the moment like these that I see how tolerant my country really is. I mean people will go killing in an instant over a Facebook post or a movie but when someone steals enough amount that could possibly run a small town for like half a year and flees after that, nobody seems to have a problem with that. Heck after a month, no one even remembers!

“It’s not our money.” Or “Ye to hota aaya hai, hum kya kar sakte hain” is the usual response. To bhai tab bhi kuchh na karo na jab kisi ne ek Facebook post share kar diya tha. Then it suddenly becomes your personal problem? Logic ko kyun nanga kar ke maarna chahte ho?

Hold the authorities responsible, ask difficult questions, talk about it. Fuck, at least remember it. If you won’t do anything, people like Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi will keep on stealing and fleeing because they know that there won’t be any consequences.

You know why?

Because they know that public will forget.

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