NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Seriously, what's gotten into Apple?
For the past decade of Steve Jobs' second go-around as CEO at Apple, the company has secured a strong following of loyal customers by playing the role of the David in a world of tech Goliaths. You can see it in the famous Mac vs. PC ads: Apple is the everyman, and its competitor (Microsoft) is the stuffy, out-of-touch "Man."
But recently, Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) has either lost touch with its customer base or just has a bug lodged up its data port.
In late February, Apple purged 6,000 apps it deemed "too sexy." Late last month, Jobs posted a scathing 1,700-word essay on Apple's Web site about why he hates Adobe Flash.
More recently, the company made Ellen Degeneres apologize on national TV for airing a spoof commercial that suggested the iPhone was difficult to use. And Apple threw an epic hissy fit when a Gizmodo blogger leaked photos of a new iPhone prototype.
The Gizmodo fallout prompted "Daily Show" host and admitted Apple lover Jon Stewart to label the company's execs "Appholes."
"Apple, you were the rebels, man, the underdogs, people believed in you," said Stewart. "But now, are you becoming the Man?
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Personally, I don't have much against Apple, but then, the only product of theirs I use is an iPod. My daughter uses a Mac laptop (what exact model, I don't know) because their professional video editing app is apparently VERY good and was what she learned on while in college.
Steve Jobs having a mad-on about Adobe may have a justifiable technical basis, but in the news world, it's coming across as more irrational than rational. There's GOT to be a better way to deal with this!