A Colossally Dumb Idea

You may have caught wind of this in recent months:  the suggestion that Apple should make its iPhones less appealing – such as in this New York Times column.

It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone

The Curmudgeon thinks the column is ridiculous and the idea asinine.

Of course they dress up the idea:  “Do it for the kids.”

To which The Curmudgeon says “Balderdash.”

If the iPhone is a great device – The Curmudgeon has one that he likes and respects as a piece of technology but doesn’t love but his Android experience was so brief that he’s not in a position to compare – then Apple has done a great job, has nothing to apologize for, and certainly shouldn’t be asked to make its product a little less great the next time around.

Who asks a company to make its next model inferior?  Does anyone seek a laundry detergent that isn’t as good at getting out stains, a car that gets worse gas mileage, a toothpaste that’s not as effective at fighting cavities?

Instead of asking Apple to make a lousier phone, The Curmudgeon has a better idea:  parents, if your kids are getting addicted to their iPhones, exercise your parental authority to limit their use of their phones.

Or better yet, take the iPhones away from them.  Get them an Android, if Androids are really that inferior.  Better yet, get them a non-smartphone:  a dumb phone.  There’s no rule that says kids today absolutely must have a smartphone. The Curmudgeon knows:  he looked it up and there’s no such rule.

As for adults who are hooked on their iPhones to the detriment of their lives, The Curmudgeon has an equally compelling suggestion:

Get a grip, people!  Grow up!  Exercise some self-control, for heaven’s sake!

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