ʕ•ᴥ•ʔノ Melvin Salas

Is Apple's ecosystem a trap?

Today, Apple dropped the bombshell that it's planning to hike up the prices of its services. This news got me thinking: Is this Apple ecosystem the real deal, or is it more like a cleverly designed trap, strategically laid out by the company to reel us in and then slam us with higher costs down the line?

I've been riding the Apple wave since 2014, but it wasn't until 2020 that I expanded my Apple gadget collection. That revelation made me realize that I didn't truly immerse myself in this tech universe for a significant period of time.

Don't get me wrong; I absolutely adore the way my Apple devices interact seamlessly with one another now. It's like a digital dream come true. However, this convenience comes with a downside. It's got me contemplating the moments when I have to engage with folks who aren't part of the Apple club.

Picture this: I'm itching to share some of the awesome music I've been grooving to with friends who are loyal to Spotify, or I want to send a bunch of photos to my parents who are die-hard Google Photos users. That's when it hits me—I might have fallen into a tech vortex where I have total dominion over my gadgets, but I'm somewhat shackled when it comes to sharing and collaborating with those who march to a different tech beat. It's like being in control of a high-tech fortress, but occasionally, I can't find the drawbridge to connect with the outside world.