“Apple is Big Brother” has become a default narrative about the
company. Apple stands for closed systems, proprietary everything,
and a level of control over the way their customers use their
products that would send us all fleeing for the hills if we had
any common sense.
At first glance this is a baffling take. If there’s something I
could do with OS X 10.6 that I can’t do with OS X 10.8, I haven’t
found it yet. My software all still works. The Unix shell is still
there. AppleScript is still there. I can still use utilities like
LaunchBar and Keyboard Maestro that are so absurdly powerful that
I giggle like a Japanese schoolgirl when some yoyo spouts off with
the old “Macs are just toys” trope.