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    Default We needed to talk before, now we're doing it.

    The open letter has been written. It has been posted. If we can gain enough momentum, we can do this.

    http://digg.com/apple/An_Open_Letter...r_just_Excuses

    Dear Steve Jobs,

    Let me ask you something, Steve. What happens when a company is confronted with a problem too large to patch up with an open letter and a gift card? Who gets hurt when the focus shifts from loyalty to profit? Why should anyone support a company that can't even stand up for itself, let alone its customers, in the face of monopoly and greed? I don't know, Steve, but I want to know why you're begging to find out.

    Why does a company of such expressed defiance of the status quo have to make excuses instead of a difference? Why do customers of no threat to a revolutionary, but imperfect, system get punished for their curiosity? Why do those who line up to purchase the pinnacle of Apple's success get a sharp stab in the back when the frenzy has become profitable enough for you?

    What becomes of a company that uses money as its sole motivation, Steve? Who protected the reputation of Apple when even the fruit itself was more popular? But, perhaps most perplexing, what have the loyal done to warrant such rejection?

    We know you have answers. You could write a book, perhaps several, refuting every single one of our points in painful detail. We ask not for such elaboration, just a simple honesty. But ask yourself first, Steve, are these answers, or just excuses? Do your counterpoints explain our misunderstandings, or justify your actions? Answers don't justify, Steve, the truth needs no justification.

    We are sure you are aware of the fan club that has formed around you. Mere months ago, a new member couldn't fit in edge-wise. Mere weeks ago, any one of those countless devotees would have sold their first born son to meet you. And now, as of mere hours ago, they wouldn't spare you a casual hello if they saw you on the street. Don't take it personally, Steve, it happens to every CEO at one time or another. The power comes in being able to think your way out of it. Inaction will get you nowhere. An open letter and the proverbial juicy steak won't work twice. There is a third choice, obvious to anyone who is smart enough to choose it. It does not involve succumbing to the record companies. It does not involve becoming an extension of AT&T. It's different, it's radical, it's Apple as described by yourself, it's the natural progression of a company set to change the world, but it's being ignored by a company not mature enough to step up to the plate. It's all around you, yet it's not within you, therein lies the issue.

    But it occurs to us, the formerly loyal, that perhaps you don't want change. Perhaps you're right where you think you want to be. That's fine, and better in a sense. We feel no need to stand by a company that does not stand by us.

    We apologize, Steve, for asking for mutual loyalty. We apologize for connecting the dots looking forward. And we deeply apologize for being so naive as to assume that the company that taught us to think different, actually would.

    If you want to talk, you know where to find us.


    --The iPhone Development Community
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    So, what do you guys think, should I send it to him?

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    Add this and ask who is who now. (This was when Steve came back to Apple..)

    The text used in the introductory "Think Different" commercial:

    Here’s to the crazy ones.
    The misfits.
    The rebels.
    The troublemakers.
    The round pegs in the square holes.
    The ones who see things differently.
    They’re not fond of rules.
    And they have no respect for the status quo.
    You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
    About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
    Because they change things.
    They push the human race forward.
    And while some see them as the crazy ones,
    We see genius.
    Because the people who are crazy enough to think
    they can change the world,
    Are the ones who do.

    aethr
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    I like it. The only thing missing is a subject so that Steve Jobs knows what you're referring to. If you send the letter as is without a subject, I'm sure that "he" won't necessarily understand your point and think, perhaps, that this letter comes from someone who doesn't agree with the re-design of the new iMac.

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    i'm assuming you're mad at the new firmware and apple's stance with the "hacking". perhaps you should put that in your actual letter. i'm sure there are a zillion things people are "mad" at him for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbird View Post
    I like it. The only thing missing is a subject so that Steve Jobs knows what you're referring to. If you send the letter as is without a subject, I'm sure that "he" won't necessarily understand your point and think, perhaps, that this letter comes from someone who doesn't agree with the re-design of the new iMac.
    True. I have to think about how to make it more obvious that i'm talking about the iPhone without changing the letter a lot. It's really, really hard for me to change what I write without, like, rewriting the whole entire thing. It just kinda flows (in my mind, at least ).

    Well, i'll figure it out .

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecompkid View Post
    True. I have to think about how to make it more obvious that i'm talking about the iPhone without changing the letter a lot. It's really, really hard for me to change what I write without, like, rewriting the whole entire thing. It just kinda flows (in my mind, at least ).

    Well, i'll figure it out .
    Got it. I'm gonna change the "from" line to something along the lines of

    --iPhone Dev Community

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    Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecompkid View Post
    So, what do you guys think, should I send it to him?
    Only if you know him personally. Otherwise he's never going to read it, so it is a waste of time. I know an Apple accountant in a higher position at Apple USA and he told me that Steve Jobs is never ever even going to hear about this letter, not to mention the fact that he's never going to read it. Unless you know him or somebody very close to him personally.

    Just a friendly thought, if you still want to send it, send it but Apple gets dozends of such letters addressed to SJ each and every day, think about it.

    The better approach is by using the press, like the NY Times, the Washington Post or maybe, because of the new iPhone introduction in Europe, the Times in the UK, the Die Welt or Frankfurter Allgemeine in Germany, the Le Monde in France, etc.

    Since Europe is waiting for the iPhone introduction, this could be a very clever strategy for us to tell the press how iPhone owners think about Apple's marketing strategy and why were so mad at Apple, especially after the latest FW 1.1.1.

    Just a suggestion...the press is more powerful than any letter you send to Apple.

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    What is the point of this? Is he supposed to sit on his ass and watch AT&T lawyers light him up for not plugging this hole? We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later.


 

 
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