floreality OP t1_iw8p5eh wrote

I work for an Apple Authorized Service Provider and while I recognize there's bias because I'm constantly dealing with the bad side of things... I just can't bring myself to use the Apple ecosystem.

Yeah, it's convenient! It's really well integrated within the Apple family of products, and compatibility is better between Apple products than between Apple and a different OS or ecosystem.

The thing is, Apple does not like anything done without their approval. User interactions are limited to what Apple deems acceptable, which is a shockingly small range of options by comparison to other devices.

For people who are okay with the options presented, Apple has a great UI and good security. I, as an Android user, switched phones with an iPhone user for 3 months and couldn't wait to come back. It was initially cool with the ecosystem benefits, and I definitely noticed the higher effort put in by some app devs on iOS vs. Android, but ultimately, I found myself running up against a wall All The Time. Can't install apps that aren't from the App Store. Can't let different apps manage phone calls, messages, etc. Can't access developer settings, can't generate and look through bug reports besides the system report available in iOS settings, etc.

Playing 8-Ball and using FaceTime was pretty cool, but I'm holding onto YouTube Vanced (rip in peace) and my video game emulators with a vice grip, lol. Not to mention the handy little app that's been absorbing ad requests from various free apps for months.

Besides that, the minute your warranty and AppleCare+ runs out (if you've paid for it), there's no such thing as an affordable repair for AirPods, Apple Watch, etc. Even if it's not physical damage, once you're past the limited warranty, I will look you in the eye as a client and say you can either pay the cost of your AirPods for a repair, or get a brand new set. Phones and Macs aren't AS bad, but if you spill liquid in your Macbook, congrats on your new Macbook because that's the repair cost.

I'm really just mad at the tech corporate world and I can at least switch brands on Android and be relatively unbothered, should I end up with a grudge against the manufacturer.

Soapbox over. lol


floreality OP t1_iw8funf wrote

Ha, that's why my family saves the wild details until after we've gotten home! I would've just said "stuck in traffic".

Once my little brother was driving and a car behind him lost control/braked too hard coming down a hill. We don't know exactly what happened, except that my brother checked his mirror and saw a car flipping through the air.

The song "Wouldn't It Be Nice" was playing, and the titular line started just as he saw the car. I wish I could've witnessed the comedic timing. As far as we know, the driver was mostly okay, lol