I just finished working for Apple for eight years. I’ve been in their ecosystem for nearly a full decade and had been thinking, it’s time for a change. My next phone will be something other than an iPhone. Maybe a Samsung or a Oneplus device or even a Xiaomi, if I could find one.
This week Apple did something that put an end to any sort of thoughts about switching. Tim Cook published a letter on Apple’s website that includes the following:
The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.
The entire letter is worth reading and I’d encourage you to do so. Even if it doesn’t make you an Apple customer or change your opinion on the company or how it handles it’s own business, it’s worth a read. Apple’s refusal to make keys to its own products’ doors even to comply with a court order in the investigation of domestic terrorism is an incredibly important stance. The creation of a tool to undermine the security of that single device is the same tool that would be able to undermine the security of everyone’s iDevices.
Thank you, Apple, for not manufacturing yet another truncheon for the government to oppress its people through erosion of privacy. And if you think that it wouldn’t be used for that, please, think again.