At this point in life, a company not doing stealth marketing like this is the exception. I can’t trust any endorsement by pretty much anybody to be genuine anymore.
Without trying to sound too fatalist here, trusting any company is your first mistake. I feel like today's Apple users are the Microsoft pundits of the 90s, happily thumping their respective bible until antitrust regulation inevitably rains on their parade, or they all find out that $COMPANY has somehow been doing super bad things all along!
Bitten once, twice shy as they say.
If I had to bet on one big techie I'd choose Apple, which is probably why their stock has been so resilient. Simultaneously I hope regulators come down hard on the anti-competitive behaviour by Apple (and the others), but I think we're far more likely to see an increase in corruption than a decrease over time.
Apple Computer? The credit card issuing, sharecropper mobile platform company? That Apple?
Yes, they also make very nice hardware and some decent software I happily use.
You can't be serious. Apple is playing every dirty trick they can to spill you down to the last cent. Developer fees, lock in, optional charger, dongle galore, star high device prices with modest hardware, the list is infinite
What the post does do is complain that Apple refuses to cooperate with government requests for information which, to my understanding, is legal and largely to be expected.
The blog post also insinuates Apple has been astroturfing which in this context is also legal, though certainly disappointing if true.
In sum: the OP blog post throws shade on Apple's motives without clarifying the stakes of the larger determining context. I'll stop short of calling FUD.
Apple is trying to short Ericsson on standards-essential patent (SEP) fees that every smartphone manufacturer has to pay. Ericsson has tried to get an iPhone import ban to compel Apple to a licensing discussion. Apple has argued such a ban shouldn't be imposed because iOS users can't just "get an Android". In other words, the exact opposite argument they used about sideloading mobile apps.
Apple's position is basically that they shouldn't have to pay for licensing SEP, but app developers should have to pay for being on iOS. In other words, they have a right to licensing fees but Ericsson doesn't. This is hypocrisy, and Apple is trying to have it both ways because Apple is culturally tainted by Steve Jobs.
This is a USITC case, and the ITC staff is effectively a party to the dispute, they have certain discovery rights. Hence the reason why they are moving to compel.