The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov, made a post on his Telegram channel with harsh criticism of Apple. He decided to speak out after an article in The New York Times, which says that Apple made concessions to the Chinese authorities to keep its products and services available in that country.
Durov referred to the publication of The New York Times and said that he was not surprised that Apple’s totalitarian approach is so valued by the Chinese Communist Party. He described Apple’s devices as bulky, outdated, and overpriced, and his owning, he says, makes the user a digital slave to Apple, tied to the company’s ecosystem.
Apple has a highly efficient business model that relies on selling overpriced and obsolete devices to consumers tied to the company’s ecosystem.
Whenever I use my iPhone to test our iOS app, I feel like I was thrown back into the Middle Ages. The 60 Hz screens in Apple smartphones cannot match the 120 Hz screens in Android smartphones, which support much smoother animations.
The problem isn’t even that Apple has bulky and outdated devices. Owning an iPhone makes you a digital slave to Apple – you are only allowed to install apps that the company allows in the App Store, and you can only use iCloud to back up your data.
The New York Times says, for example, that Apple has agreed to move servers with Chinese user data to China, although US law prohibits American companies from transferring user data to other countries. To circumvent this ban, Apple registered a legal entity that is now owned by the Guizhou provincial government. The Chinese authorities do not need to request user data from Apple, they can take it directly from the company they control.
The New York Times also pointed out that Apple does not use data encryption in China, which is found in other countries. Such encryption is prohibited by the laws of the country, and its absence greatly simplifies access to information that is transmitted over the Internet (on sites and in applications).
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