I can sympathise with the issue, but I don't think begging apple to show mercy is the right solution. Why do you have to remain a consumer of such a company? Isn't giving a company like apple such powers the source of the problem?
@praveen cannot say that I don’t agree. But I’m more of a “solve one problem at a time” guy. Or at least raise awareness and set goals that can be achievable in the short term.
What makes you think changing apple's mind is achievable in short term? Great if they change their mind because of the letter, what next if they stick to their decision?
@praveen there is no solution. We have observed ourselves that people hardly care about privacy, even after Cambridge Analytica, the WhatsApp controversy etc.
People just want a polished product that does its job.
What we need to do as a community is to work on making free and open software as polished as Apple's, to try to raise funds for open projects on the dWeb and more. In general, try to show to the people that there is another way that is as-good-as Apple/Google/etc and even better.
If convincing people to care about privacy, building better Free Software solutions is the right but harder option, we still gotta go for it. I think the real problem is people choosing the easy option and under estimating their abilities. What we really need is remind people about their power and what they can do to walk towards the right goal, even if that takes years to reach.
Well, many times people limit their actions to signing letters or sharing news. I'm just asking us not to limit your thinking, we still have so much power and ways to fix things. Support projects like Purism Librem 5 (I have one of those, it costs much more than a common phone, but I prefer to give money for values). PinePhone is another project which is more affordable compared to Librem 5. It may not have all the features on day one, but we can definitely make it better over time.
If you want Freedom and features and you start with features, you will never have both. But if you start with Freedom, you may not have all features on day one, but eventually we will have both when a lot of us choose freedom over features, because we can always add features to Free Software. We have been constantly adding features and improving usability of Free Software.
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