Two days ago, Apple distributed an instant download for the PC version of their Safari Web browser using their Apple Update software, which is in use by millions of Windows users worldwide. This Apple Update software, until now, was used as the protocol to update the iPod / iTunes / Quicktime software package.
This “update” as they called it, completely tricked people into thinking they were getting… well… an UPDATE of a Safari web browser! When in fact, Apple was essentially force-feeding everyone a completely NEW Browser likely for the first time on their systems!
Upon completion, this placed an Icon on the desktop. If you execute the browser it opens and asks you if you would like to set it as your default internet browser.
It is inevitable that many millions of users simply clicked “Yes” to everything, entrusting Apple to make the right decisions for them as they have done countless times in the past for their iTunes updates. I find it rather disturbing that Apple would do such a thing!
Giving free software is fine, but essentially force feeding their users into using their Browser as the Default is just WRONG! This is a very dirty practice of using their “back door” entrance into people’s computers to do things to their own advantage. EVEN IF the end user agrees to it with mindless “yes-yes” clicking (trusting Apple).
I will definitely be looking at the statistics on my several websites over the next few days/weeks to see if the Browser statistics swing quickly to a Safari-centric user-base.
I must mention, I have been, and will stay a strong believer in Apple products. I own 4 iPods (Shuffle / Nano / Photo / Touch) – but their hoity-toity, nose in the air, better than thou attitude must go! Although it has probably raised millions of PC users awareness of the Safari browser, (still needs help!) this latest stunt has not helped their image at all!
Hopefully this will kill their stock prices a little more so I can take advantage of it! (wink wink!) – They’ll inevitably bounce back!
I will keep you updated on my findings in a couple of weeks (to allow some time for the traffic statistics to give a relevant spread).
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