"Quesiton: What's wrong with tech writer's brains??"
This is brought on by a new iPhone review where The Verge lists this as a negative:
"The power of iMessage lock-in means that most iPhone users in the US will probably upgrade to another iPhone regardless of whether the camera is slightly worse or better than the Pixel, but Apple doesn’t have that advantage in huge markets like China and Europe where everyone uses WeChat or WhatsApp and switching platforms is much easier."
Are people that fucking "LOCKED IN" by iMessage??????
I don't get it - iOS has WeChat AND WhatsApp and iMessage works with SMS - so where's the lock in? I absolutely don't understand the "jail" aspect of iMessage.
Someone explain to me where is the lock in that has a death grip that rob's US phone users of their ability to choose?
1. "There's a lot you can do in iMessage that you can't do in basic sms" In response to Reply # 0
It's encrypted, you get read receipts, you get notifications when people are typing, you can play games or use other apps within iMessage, and most importantly for me, it works via wifi.
All of those (and other things about iMessage) are big deals and aren't available on standard sms. Because of that, people with iPhones tend to socialize more with other people who have iPhones and less with those who don't. You don't have to download any app since it's the default. Unless you have a lot of international friends, you probably don't use or haven't heard of WeChat and WhatsApp.
Sure, you can say "fuck it" and just get an android, but much in the way I got invited to way less shit after deleting facebook, you end up being a bit of an afterthought.
7. "HOw??????" In response to Reply # 3 Sat Sep-21-19 01:40 PM by handle
>This has been documented over and over again for years. I'm >not sure what's so confusing.
Why? Because you can't get an immediate read receipt? Because it works over wi-fi?
Literally the reason people are staying is because they prefer the product - that's not lock in that's CHOICE.
Lock in is not: 1 company makes something better than another --SO then that company MUST make a version (and free/opensource too) for it's competitors or you are "locked in!!"
There are Hundreds of messaging clients for EVERY OS.
This is about choice - not about "LOCK IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Please, show me the documentation where it's not about preference - or the "hassle" of getting your social circle to agree on another messaging application.
Note:I am aware that there was a bug in iMessage where if you switched phones to Android and took your SIM card AND didn't turn off iMessage on your old device then you'd miss messages. That bug has been fixed for like 4 years.
4. "I don't care either way because iPhone, schmyPhone" In response to Reply # 0
And I say this as someone not really into tech and gadgets but tech writers get really persnickety about slight, seemingly meaningless differences between devices. Like shouldn't we be talking about how all this stuff is killing the planet or why we have $1K cellphones which don't do anything demonstrably different from the phones from two years ago?
*knocking stones out of the air in front of my glass-walled home*