Apple: Innovation Powerhouse Going Overboard?

Apple Computers, Inc. have released a series of new products on their recent WWDC 23 (Apple’s 23rd Worldwide Developers’ Conference). While these innovations are mostly, indeed, at least as breathtaking as the presenters suggest — in their usual cool, professional and often subtle-propagandist Apple-style –, there is one growing concern among “the rest of us” who are interested in a healthy and normal life at least as much as in having working computer products: and that’s the reconcilability of these products with human life and human health.

Apple’s latest release of OS X, named Mountain Lion, does a great job of including all sorts or real-time events at operating system level to ensure smooth and transparent function for the user. And, sure, that’s what makes Apple computers so successful and popular. These real-time events are network-based functions and rely on a working connection of the device to the outside world, something that’s usually done best — for many reasons and despite some cabling effort — by connecting to a wired-LAN or wired local area network. Unlike mass consumers, qualified professionals who know the pros and cons of computer networking both wired and wireless will not be fooled into thinking otherwise by whatever smart presentation techniques Apple and the rest of the industry will use anyway. With their recent move to ever-decreasing hardware dimensions, Apple are pushing to replace what they are calling ‘legacy technologies’ though, including internal drives and wired-Ethernet sockets. This is not necessarily a good thing. While this may be due to socket specification and the sheer size of the RJ-45 plug, it should be noted (and made clear to Apple, Inc.) that there are a significant number of users out there who absolutely do need and want wired-networking support on their devices.

This includes both professional security-level and health-aware users. Wireless networking technologies, while being promoted fiercely throughout the industry by Apple as well as others, still have a number of drawbacks — and always will. These include higher-than-Ethernet energy consumption, lower-than-Ethernet security levels, and health issues around the general subject of EMF radiation or ‘Electrosmog’. Currently, Apple do offer alternatives to RJ-45 wired-Ethernet connectors by offering USB-to-Ethernet dongles or Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapters but we ‘normal people’, who value life at least as much as a nice computer, would like to remind the tech giant company to not lose sight of our very interests as a human being which, clearly, supersede the desire for having any freaky high-tech do-dads. Should they ever drop any meaningful support for the above adaptor technologies, Apple (as well as other manufacturers) would make their products a no-go for serious and concerned users.

That said, it should be stressed that many of the company’s innovations are helpful — when used with moderation. Teaching four-year olds how to use iPod touches and iPads clearly does not belong to these laudable ones. Neither does overusing iOS devices in school education where they clearly do not belong until a point in a child’s education when they have reached a level of natural human skills that cannot be distorted by technology use. These devices are run wirelessly and by the dozens per room throughout all those schools although it is conventional knowledge that children need to be protected from EMFs even more than adults. Advancing technology and the euphoria they cause with the masses makes people sometimes lose sight of what really matters. And, as ‘beautiful’ Apple’s inventions may be, that is rather a healthy life in dignity on this planet than having admirable electronic tools and toys.