News reports are flying in from all over the United States that Apple Computer has instituted a new “rule” in its fine print that does not allow its employees to sell its products to people from a variety of different countries — even if they are American citizens. Some of the countries include Iran, Cuba, Iraq, and of course North Korea. Even if you are an American born and bred, but just happen to speak a language other than English as your native or second language that Apple deems “threatening” (is there such a thing?), they have the right to decline selling products to you. Best not to walk into an Apple retailer speaking Spanish. They might think you’re Cuban God forbid.
The Transcendence Diaries have covered a lot of territory over the last ten years. Fishy has seen and heard just about anything, everything and more than a human should be allowed in one blessed lifetime. But this is one of the most shocking things I have heard to date. From a simple civil liberties and human rights perspective it is an abominable discovery. It is an outlandish rule that Apple has imposed. Unfairly discriminatory unnecessary and unwarranted.
Apple Computer once stood for something. Something very special. One still gets teary eyed recalling images of the two Steves in their parent’s garage building their new machines. At times we may even blush with pride at the thought of the once renegade Steve Jobs trying to buck the system to uphold his own uniquely admirable brand of integrity, honor and aesthetics. Getting fired from his position as CEO from his own company for doing so. But those days have long since passed. The company that was once known for being independent, somewhat hip cool and rogue has slowly grown into the typical greedy faceless corporate behemoth; bought in, sold out pandering kiss ups.
Where the ever admirable Google — who’s corporate slogan is the noble “do no evil” — tries to help people in foreign countries battling strict controlling governments or even lend a hand to a people’s revolution or two, Apple is more interested in strictly profits and won’t sell an iPhone to American citizens if they don’t happen to approve of their native language. Just flat out discrimination.