Going through this week’s topics on iOS vs Android is almost similar with the concept of 4Chan and Facebook. One provides the users with the ability to do whatever they like to their device (Android = 4Chan). While the other provides users on how they should use their devices and what they can and cannot do (iOS = Facebook).
We can also related to how Apple and Android is on the long tail effect. Apple being more popular goes all the way to the front and Android goes to the back (Before you disagree hear me out). How does this create the long tail effect? Simple, because Android is an open source people can customize how their system works. This in return creates the long tail as Android is allowing users to create and make their own experience that is unique to themselves. Hence a niche market is made and the system is forever making even more niche markets. As other person can take it and adjust it even more. Sounds a bit like 4Chan as people creates new trends or similar trends but they still cater to many unique individuals.
Now coming to Apple products, you can’t do anything to it. If you want to change how the system works you would have to be in Apple itself and even then there is someone there that says what you can and cannot do. The system that Apple uses is not bad. In fact it is good, that is why it is so popular with people. The system is easy to use and you can say it’s catered to the masses so that no further changes needs to be done by the user.
Coming back to the first point I made. Apple is like Facebook. Why? With the new release of iPhones new earphones ( AirPods ). Not only is it wireless but even the phone itself has no jack. So what if I have a better set of earphones that I prefer to use. Well now I can’t use them at all! Apple is trying to create a wall garden where the only thing that is good is them. You don’t need anything else. If you don’t like it well too bad. Just as how Facebook is like. You don’t like the new policies we have? Too bad. Even if we don’t like these new changes we are still going to use their services, sounds familiar?