What the hell is going on in the world these days? The internet went public back in the mid-1990s, about 25 years ago. We looked forward to an age where information flowed freely through the village we call earth.
What happened? The internet has become a toxic hell stew of misinformation, and instead of a free flow of information we see countries building internet silos to keep the rest of the world out and their own citizens locked in.
Just as bad is how governments are treating each other. Amid fears of Chinese hacking, President Trump kicked Chinese technology company Huawei out the door to fend for itself without Android, Qualcomm, or sales opportunities in the U.S. and elsewhere. Today I read a report that the Chinese military will kick Windows to the curb and roll their own operating system and avoid Linux.
Why? What’s going on? Instead of turning earth into a village we live in an ever more fragmented world. Fragmentation is the new meme; everybody does their own thing with little cooperation from any other source.
As the world becomes more fragmented, what can we do?
Apple’s ecosystem looks very comfortable these days, right? Think of Apple as a Disneyesque provider of private hardware and software, and distributor of curated software and content that encompasses just about everything promised with the original internet.
Think about it. Apple designs, develops, and distributes its own hardware and software, and provides customers with cloud services, device synchronization capability, and software and content that has been developed especially for the customer base, now numbering well over 1-billion.
If you want privacy, Apple is where you start. If you want the best of breed applications on a solid and secure platform, Apple is where you start. Yes, this gated community comes with a price tag, but what is privacy and security worth to you? Within Apple’s comfortable walls you are able to visit almost anywhere else on the interwebs but without the same level of dangers, stalking, and hacking prevalent among competitor platforms.
Online fragmentation is growing and Apple cannot stop it, but the iPhone maker has an alternative that remains more comfortable and private.
For a price.