What seems like decades ago (but five years in technology years) the Antennagate scandal struck Apple in the public square. The iPhone 4’s antenna problems turned out to be about the same as every smartphone antenna issue back then and Apple continued on a course of incremental improvements and business as usual.
Since then Apple has endured one ‘gate’ scandal after another, most of which were inane scandals or issues of little consequence, which seemed to me to be more prefabricated than an actual real world issue that would concern anyone.
The iPhone 6 Plus had ‘Bendgate’ because, amazingly, under pressure the case would bend. Like pretty much any smartphone. There was U2-gate where Apple spent a crapload of money to load a U2 album on everyone’s iTunes account. There was Mapsgate, the problems that plagued the iPhone’s Maps app when it replaced the then inferior Google Maps data. Another one I remember was Scratchgate, where iPhone 5 screens seemed to scratch easily.
No technology company comes under as much public or competitive scrutiny as Apple. All those ‘gate’ issues fall into two categories. The first is what I call Apple Inflicted. Maps and U2 obviously fit there. The second is what I call Externally Inflicted, meaning outside sources have gone to the trouble to drum up or fabricate a problem by using a little imagination, and set it on fire in the public square.
Who would do such things?
First of all, members of the technorati elite love to bash Apple and will grasp at anything to help increase the number of eyeballs that visit their digital gossip machines. Second, I would not put it past Apple’s many competitors to gin up Bendgate-like scandals and tops on my list is the company’s main nemesis, Samsung.
Through the years various Samsung executives, from the CEO down, have been convicted of various crimes ranging from bribery, price-fixing, tax evasion, lying, and more, and the company has lost numerous lawsuits– some from Apple– for intellectual property theft. It’s that culture of misdeeds which leads me to believe that Samsung could be behind issues that have plagued Apple; Antennagate, Bendgate, and perhaps the latest, Logo-gate. Uh huh. Logo-gate, whereby a few Apple Watch users found the lettering and logo on the back of Watch may be wearing away.
I can picture multiple Samsung executives working diligently to do whatever is necessary to smear Apple and the company’s products by instigating such shenanigans and paying for it from the same slush fund the company uses to bribe government officials.
Would anyone be surprised if my analysis was correct?