The lens of historical past reveals Apple’s most closely criticized choices typically turn out to be justified over time, whether or not that’s abandoning headphone ports, specializing in on-device AI, or letting the Ping social community disappear.

Apple’s social media failure now seems to be like success

Launched in 2010, Apple advertising touted Ping as a “social community for music.” The corporate had hoped to work with Fb on the service, however CEO Steve Jobs mentioned the opposite firm wished phrases he noticed as “onerous.”

As an alternative, Apple ended up with a vastly restricted system that nobody actually used, and a nice deal of friction between Apple and Fb. Not surprisingly, Ping by no means turned a vibrant social community.

That’s nice, as this additionally means Apple doesn’t now face the sorts of challenges social media corporations are coping with, because it turns into clear the linked nature of those areas has been undermined by dangerous actors who abuse the platforms for questionable profit.

Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner took be aware of the ugly facet of social media in a speech in 2018:

“Platforms and algorithms that promised to enhance our lives can truly amplify our worst human tendencies,” he mentioned.

“Rogue actors and even governments have taken benefit of person belief to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what’s true and what’s false. This disaster is actual. It’s not imagined, or exaggerated or loopy.”

Prepare dinner’s feedback appear prescient right now.

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By Rana

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