I can’t recall anyone ever asking me that question. I remember asking Perri Nejib back in Junior High School why she loved her Apple II when I was busy Z-80ing it with a TRS-80.
Point being, no one ever asked me. Oh, they tell me why, or quietly assume why (which chaps my ass even more), but never do they ask because they â€œalready knowâ€. Well, someone else answered it, and I’m certain he speaks for quite a few (perhaps in the millions).
This from Stephen Fry in his first column for The Guardian, a UK publication:
So you can guess that I certainly do think design is important. But it doesnâ€™t have to come from Apple. In fact, I wish to goodness it came from everywhere. I hope youâ€™ll believe Iâ€™m not an unthinking slave to Cupertino. Apple gets plenty of small things wrong, but one big thing it gets right: when you use a device every day, you cannot help, as a human being, but have an emotional relationship with it. Itâ€™s true of cars and cookers, and itâ€™s true of computers. Itâ€™s true of office blocks and houses, and itâ€™s true of mobiles and satnavs. A grey box is not good enough, clunky and ugly is not good enough. Sick building syndrome exists, and so does sick hand-held device syndrome. Fiddly buttons, blocky icons, sickeningly stupid nested menus â€” these are the enemy.
I couldn’t have described my own point of view better. (Nod to Daring Fireball for the reference.)
It’s interesting that the idea of â€œApple fanâ€ went to â€œApple cultistâ€ to a supposedly redundant â€œApple elitistâ€ all the way back to a sexist and ageist â€œApple fanboiâ€. The names changed through the years but the meaning behind them didn’t. Ironically, since the world seems to have landed on â€œApple fanboiâ€, the word has stayed but the meaning has changed when it comes to so-called
crow eaters Switchers, where an â€œApple fanboiâ€ == â€œanyone who championed a Mac before I bought oneâ€.
Egotism leads to reason; I love it