I am a self professed lover of the world of Apple, I see no reason to be shameful about it. Call it fanboyism or hipster flash or whatever you want, but the fact remains that there is a steadfast loyalty propounded by lot of apple consumers that is noticeably absent in the PC world.
Many PC users will go out and simply buy a laptop, be it an HP or Compaq or Dell and be done with it, it is the universality of the Microsoft or Linux softwares and customizability of these machines that is key.
Macs are different and for that measure, Apple as a whole is different. The self-contained world is in a word, binary. On the one hand there is the freedom inherent in a system that locks out a great deal of incredibly trashy and unjustifiable products. However, the flip side of that outlook is also the most obvious. An authoritarian system of control for your products discourages ingenuity and keeps out anything that may compete with any of your core software aims. This inclusivity/exclusivity dialectic is one that has been both lauded and demonized by the tech world. I personally fit into the latter category.
I feel that the reality of this exclusionary policy has been quite meritorious. Apple runs products, particularly the iPhone, that are well ahead of the competition in terms of usability and seamless execution. But, they are holding back too much. After my warranty ran out, the first thing I did was to jailbreak my iPhone. The possibilities for a jailbroken phone when compared to the stock appstore-only model are endless. And I have seen none of the shortfalls that Apple proclaimed would happen upon doing so.
In short, I love Apple and their brilliant product design and execution. I do, however, believe that a more open mindset would do wonders for the many others like me who want the aesthetic and execution of Apple combined with the openness of Google. It seems far more financially profitable, though, to ignore this idealism and instead cater to the masses who want their decisions made for them and their phones free of anything remotely “pornographic”.