What $750 dongle? You can get an iPhone for like $300 these days.
Forces itself into your life? How? Apple's data security is better than literally every other smart phone provider and its OS is fundamentally less intrusive than Android.
This post is honestly full of unfounded claims, like the rest of this thread. The HN bias towards apple as a company is straight up strange.
Lol, you can't be serious.
And in addition i'm sure you're aware that google paid apple 9 billion last year to make it the standard search engine in apple's safari browser. Just a week ago we learned that apple stores significant amounts of its icloud userdata on third party servers despite not disclosing that fact to its users. (related article: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/apple...)
So if shoving vast amounts of data through the Google ecosystem is your definition of intrusion, you can add apple to the list.
You can also delete your location history data at any time.
And technically, it is not Android the OS that is doing this. It is Google Play framework.
Apple App Store is a walled Garden but the Banking App you get from the Apple Store is guaranteed to be the actual app from the bank it says it is. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/06/24/google-pl...)
Plus the apps on the App Store are often of much higher quality than the Google Play store because of how much more revenue app developers can make on the Apple Store and the better demographics there for most company's targeted audiences.
Apple's voice software is worse because it doesn't do as much machine learning off device and it doesn't try to learn as much about you and communicate it home.
I haven't found any "TV box" to work all that well with a phone. AppleTV does seem to be comparable to others.
These are all trade-offs and subject to the individuals preferences. But saying Non-Apple products don't also "force you" or have trade-offs is misleading.
You can use other voice assistants, you just can't set them as the default (which is a reasonable complaint)
As an Android guy, I have to say that after trying Rokus, Fire TVs, and chromecasts the Apple TV is far from crappy and is honestly one of the best smart TV boxes. Anyway, you can also buy a lightning to HDMI adapter if you want to mirror your screen.
You can't even tell users how to subscribe without giving Apple a cut if you're on iOS. To any normal person that's an egregious abuse of power. Somehow people on HN just suck it up.
Does WhatsApp force a particular voice assistant or app store on you? No? Apple's lock in is abusive.
Stop prostrating in front of trillion dollar megacorps for $deity's sake. Apple is probably the biggest blind spot this site has.
Google forces their App Store and Assistant on you. Your Android phone manufacturer also forces other garbage on top of that as well as locking you into a version of Android with no guaranteed upgrade path. See: Samsung and Bixby.
Get your facts straight, or at least take off the blinders that is your hatred of Apple.
The non-Apple base have decided that Apple is just overhyped over-expensive gear which is only slightly more polished and a lot more locked down than whatever their favourite thing is.
Apple users use Apple products because mostly it’s just honest. You get what you pay for, no hidden agendas, no up-sell.
All concentrations of power are bad. As a society we must always seek to reduce power imbalances, not perpetuate them
WhatsApp is not a mobile OS.
Even the most basic of google searches proves that not true. There are literally dozens of ways to use AirPlay without an Apple TV (or even using any Apple products besides the phone), let alone additional ways which don’t involve Airplay.