Mar 31 2008

Safari Update in the bar

Published by at 7:51 pm under Apple/Mac

I was sitting in a bar in Chicago near Wrigley Field here in Chicago. I looked over my shoulder and saw a video screen with the iTunes Update screen telling the user that they needed to update iTunes and Safari. The bartenders hadn’t even noticed the screen was there. Oh, and there’s a Windows Update icon sitting in the corner waiting to be clicked on too.
Installing Safari using the iTunes update functionality is dishonest of Apple. And all the people who think that users should know enough to unclick the Safari installation are unrealistic. The average user is just going to click on ‘install’ and trust that Apple is updating properly. Expecting the average user to understand that Safari is a separate application that has nothing to do with iTunes is dishonest and disingenuous. And by including Safari in an iTunes update Apple is proving that they’re no better than Microsoft.

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4 Responses to “Safari Update in the bar”

  1. windexh8eron 01 Apr 2008 at 5:23 am

    I don’t agree with the Apple tactic either. The thing is those users are probably still going to use IE regardless. They probably don’t even know what ‘Safari’ is. Is it fair that Microsoft enables ActiveX out of the box? Probably not. It’s not a formidable web standard except for you need it to use Windows Update. Really, I know Apple is the target these days for pointing things out like this and I think the discussion is great because the Apple users will really benefit… I just think there seems to be an inequality in practice finger pointing. That’s happened to Microsoft plenty and maybe now it’s Apples turn. But, I find it somewhat interesting that everyone ‘just focuses’ on Apple these days with regards to the armchair bloggers.

  2. random infosec guyon 01 Apr 2008 at 7:12 am cmon.. who can even compete with Real Networks for top spot on this one ?!

  3. johnnyon 02 Apr 2008 at 6:54 am

    Martin, I agree with you; This practice is dishonest. Regardless of any other company’s practices, it’s still dishonest.

    What’s worse is that it doesn’t go away. Every time iTunes Update runs, I have to uncheck Safari. I’ll stop using iTunes update. Instead, I’ll manually update once in a while. Maybe I’ll do that on a regular schedule like the second Tuesday of the month or something.

  4. Don Nollon 02 Apr 2008 at 11:18 am

    They already do it with Quick time, I have to have QT installed to do iTunes. So it is is nothing new, don’t like it though.

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