Hmmm – I’m a little reluctant to go here but what the heck.

I love Apple products – they bring beautiful product engineering to smart software and wrap it all up in a lovely UI. I’d quite like a MacBookPro, would use an iPhone with abandon and wouldn’t be averse to a MacMini to go (with or without fries).

mobileme_logo All this aside – I can’t help but comment on the Apple MobileMe as malware issue. As reported by Sarah, Apple is bundling what is in essence an advertisement for MobileMe along with iTunes. It brings up a control panel which in turn generates a box soliciting users to sign up for MobileMe.

As one astute commenter on RWW said;

Combine this and the “force install” of Safari on the Apple Updater for Windows, Apple is getting very close to becoming a spammy company

I mean Apple products sell themselves with their better-than-average usability. Doing stuff like this just makes them look bad. What do other people out there think?

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

3 Comments
  • David MacGregor |

    Ben, How can you imply such a thing about Apple?! You're probably right though. Garr Reynolds told some funny stories about Steve Jobs at WebStock recently – how people would dread getting into the elevator with The Great Man – it was almost inevitable that he would ask you what you do in an inquisitatorial way. It struck terror into the hearts of even very capable people, apparently. What I really wanted to know was where you got your little poll doodad ? I'd like to git me one of them tar things.

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  • Glen Barnes |

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