The world has become a complicated place for people to live, and if we are not careful about where we live and how we live the earth, do not support us as we hope.
It brings me to modern technology; religion aside, technology is what some consider to be the world's savior. I do not think so. Why not? Technology demands standards (electricity is a good example) and technology is becoming increasingly fragmented; from ease of use to accessibility.
Allow me to offer a few examples. Windows was a necessity for the PC world because it helped reduce operating system and file management fragmentation. Apple's Mac was an outlier that barely managed to remain in existence. Today's smartphones are ubiquitous with the Android OS the dominant platform, followed by Apple's iOS and iPhone line. Whether one is better than the other, is a non-problem because both ecosystems are different.
Android device owners can be separated into two different camps. Those who just use basic phone, camera, games, social media apps, photo apps, personal apps. And those who are members of the technorati elite politburo who love the flexibility and capabilities of the ecosystem, become huge, unwashed users.
Apple's iPhone and iPad owners can be segregated into two different camps. Those of us who evangelize the ecosystem's benefits to humanity, and those who only use iPhones and iPads because they are safe and good with each other, Mac, Watch, AirPods and other Apple components.
Both camps, or ecosystems, have similarities. Their devices seem to feel as much and have similar features, although Android is being hampered by hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of models that fragment the environment that keeps customers hostile to malware, rare upgrades, and lower total cost of ownership.
On the other hand, Apple's ecosystem remains friendly and inviting, with a premium price in front ̵
What has happened to the mobile device industry, is what has happened in technology, politics, religion, and information superhighway (often referred to as these days as misinformation superhighway). Fragmentation.
Watch TV news, browse the interwebs, and you come to the same conclusion – truth and facts have been fragmented without recognition; To the point where extra effort is needed just to separate lies and lies from marketing, talking and hyperbole from meaning and perspective. Cable TV news does not contain much actual factual news as it makes sense about the news that may not be the facts in the first place.
Where does Apple fit into this analysis?
We rely on Apple to help us utilize modern technology in ways that enjoy us the most. That means Apple's products need to be useful, must be easy to set up and use, easy to upgrade to new versions, easy to implement in ways that help us every day. Integration plays an important role in this effort. It is the benefit of a complete hardware and software ecosystem.
A year ago, Google launched Android's latest OS Nougat over a year ago. Already a newer version is on the market, but the adoption of Nougat remains less than 20 percent. Apple's IOS 11, which was introduced a few weeks ago, already has a market and user penetration of over 50 percent already, and when IOS 12 is released next year, it will hit around 90 percent. This type of usage helps to reduce fragmentation, improve security and ease of use, and with little effort, keep users upgraded and safer than Android.
Fragmentation has become a fact of modern life, and we see it everywhere. We are fragmented about which institutions – government or religion or society – trust. Big technology companies – Google and Amazon, I'm looking at you – switching users and customers, and working hard to create a personal issue on as many people as possible, milking them as cows for information that can be used to promote a form of capitalism has gone wild.
Mankind looks for a safe haven and has difficulty finding one, and often does not know one when they see it, or even knows a dangerous when it is clearly visible (explain how the religious right finds President Trump attractive). Many people cry out for simplicity in the face of complexity, something to rely on in an untrustworthy world.
Call Apple Steve Jobs built a religion if you wish, but clearly the company is commissioned to simplify a technologically complex and fragmented world.