Apple Inc. Is Like Hitler, Says Chinese Billionaire

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Apple has just got a new tag. Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, who is currently worth $3.8 billion, says the Cupertino-based tech giant is like Adolf Hitler. For Yueting, it might have been a good way to garner attention, considering his Internet video site Leshi TV (LeTV) is planning to enter the smartphone market.

Apple means arrogance, tyranny, says LeTV

On his verified Weibo page (via The Verge), which has over 5.5 million followers, Yueting posted an image teasing the upcoming launch of LeTV’s smartphone. The image compares Apple to Nazis. It shows a cartoon Adolf Hitler with a red armband that bears Apple logo instead of the Nazi Swastika. The text in the post compares the attributes of Android and iOS ecosystems:”Crowdsourced, freedom vs. arrogance, tyranny.”

Yueting argued that the iPhone maker’s approach was hurting technological innovation and the interests of consumers. He said developers around the world “love yet hate” the iOS domination. Under the arrogant regime of iOS domination, he asked, “is this kind of innovation okay?” He added that Apple was a “dusk empire,” suggesting that it was dying.

Apple stifling innovation or copycatting?

The image in Yueting’s post teases the company’s upcoming LeTV X900 smartphone. LeTV’s phone opens doors to freedom, while the sign right behind Hitler reads “Caution, do not cross.” Anyway, criticizing Apple is nothing new for rivals. Google recently took a dig at the iOS’ restrictive behavior in its new ad campaign for Android. But there is a huge difference between Google’s ad and Yueting’s approach to malign Apple.

Rumors suggest that LeTV’s new phone will have a 5.5-inch display and 4GB RAM. Many Chinese smartphone vendors, including Xiaomi, blatantly copy Apple’s smartphone design and user interface. Xiaomi’s latest Mi4 handset resembles the iPhone 5 in design, and runs MIUI, which closely resembles the iOS 7 in terms of UI, simplicity and color.

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Vikas Shukla
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31 Comments on "Apple Inc. Is Like Hitler, Says Chinese Billionaire"

  1. looking at your disqus profile, do you only talk about apple devices? I don’t get kids who act like apple killed their uncle or something, it’s really pathetic. Just get it over with and buy the 6+. You seem to have a weird fetish.

  2. Apple screws everyone including Chinese companies that actually manufacture apple products. It’s funny how apple is only company that has no part in actual manufacture of their products, and is totally relient on asian engineering/manufacturing expertise which they abuse. This has been well documented. Companies like Foxconn love apple so much that they are producing their own Android phones, using same assembly line as iphone 6. Apparently making android phones is just as (if not more profitable) than making iphone for apple, which keep virtually all the profits to itself. Apple has no concept of forging alliance with other companies or win/win synergy. That’s why Apple is losing to android, which is being used by all the companies not named apple and vast majority of people in the world

  3. Apple is at the center of the lawsuit because they were the ones that started it.

  4. it’s using the same tactics as a Columbian drug cartel.. only in the TECH world

  5. Excuse me The Chinese are the last ones to call anyone Adolph Hitler

  6. Just attention grabbing crassness.

    Look at the press coverage Tiananmen Square got.

  7. He didn’t run the tanks through Tiananmen Square either.

  8. When a Chinese talks about Innovation and Copycat, you can just disregard.

  9. “Adolph”…do you not have a copy editor?

  10. Sour grapes (apples)????????????

  11. I wouldn’t call $199 with a 2-year contract an “exclusive” club.

  12. Apple’s No Poach agreement was with Google.

    So avoid iOS and Android phones?

    Nonsense.

    Apple and Google are among the most enlightened employers on the planet.

    “Apple makes list of best 50 places to work”
    http://www.macnews.com/content/apple-makes-list-50-best-places-work

    Long Apple Forever!

  13. Hitler never provided suicide nets.

  14. Apple used a lot of technologies they didn’t create. Apple did a better job packaging and marketing them to its users.

  15. LOL – you didn’t even bother to remove the Note numbering from a Wikipedia article.
    Could have just attached a link.

  16. We heard you the first time

  17. Any fanbois here actually “worked at” or “worked with” Apple? I thought so.

    Apple screws its own employees with illegal No Poach Agreements while Tim Cook stood by and did nothing to make it right. I thought he felt people needed to be treated fairly and with respect?

    Apple also screwed their hourly employees by not giving them their mandated lunch breaks and rest periods. Again, where was Tim?

    Apple Inc. Facing Class-Action Suit Over Employees Paychecks, Breaks
    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been accused by nearly 20,000 of its hourly-wage employees that the companies HR practices are not in sync with the requirements of California law, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Apple allegedly did not abide by the law as far as giving lunch breaks, rest breaks or final paychecks to the employees were concerned.
    http://www.valuewalk com/2014/07/apple-inc-facing-class-action-suit-over-employees-paychecks/

  18. Jia Yueting reminds me of the Japanese Emperor who initiated a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor during World War 2. Why doesn’t Jia Yueting mention how many companies in China have become rich because of Apple. How about all the jobs “Steve Jobs” legacy had created in China.

  19. Android is the tyranny. The tyrant Google.

    The crime, stealing users confidential data, scanning their mail, tracking their web browsing and ignoring tracking preferences.

    And then using the power that this information gives over their unsuspecting users to manipulate their behaviour, and selling that power over the users on to anyone who will pay their price.

    Google is fundentally evil as are all companies that purport to provide a free service but actually use that as an opportunity to steal control of the user’s life, from the user.

    Jia Yueying’s LeTV and his expected phone will be just same. These aren’t services. They’re milking sheds.

  20. If AAPL is Hitler than I guess he is calling all the money made by his billionaire’s club in collaboration with AAPL are the Nazi SS; carrying out APPL (Hitler’s) orders???
    How does that go over on the golf course??? LMAO!!

  21. Godwin’s Law (or Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1][2] is an Internet adage asserting that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″[2][3]—? that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism. Despite being described as universal regarding the subject of the discussion, Godwin’s law is more likely to be applicable to social topics (including politics, law, religion, etc.).

    Promulgated by American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990,[2] Godwin’s Law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions.[4] It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and blog comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric.[5][6]

    In 2012, “Godwin’s Law” became an entry in the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

  22. OMG! A typical Android OEM attitude. Must of gotten it from Google.
    So, it’s perfectly ok to let someone invest tens of millions in R&D so that you can come along and steal thier IP. Only Google follows this mantra. Don’t be evil; but it’s ok to steal others IP.

  23. What I find interesting is the appearance of this headline at the top of Google’s listing for Apple news. Pretty trite, to headline the news with a record tip of the hat to Godwin’s law.

  24. Hmmm, let’s see. Was Hitler gay and planning to give away all of his money to charity when he dies? I think not.

  25. Godwin’s Law (or Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1][2] is an Internet adage asserting that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″[2][3]—? that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism. Despite being described as universal regarding the subject of the discussion, Godwin’s law is more likely to be applicable to social topics (including politics, law, religion, etc.).

    Promulgated by American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990,[2] Godwin’s Law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions.[4] It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and blog comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric.[5][6]

    In 2012, “Godwin’s Law” became an entry in the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

  26. This is what is referred to as Godwin’s Law: by definition. And exactly what is demonstrated in this article.

    Godwin’s Law (or Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1][2] is an Internet adage asserting that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″[2][3]—? that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism. Despite being described as universal regarding the subject of the discussion, Godwin’s law is more likely to be applicable to social topics (including politics, law, religion, etc.).

    Promulgated by American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990,[2] Godwin’s Law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions.[4] It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and blog comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric.[5][6]

    In 2012, “Godwin’s Law” became an entry in the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

  27. Android = Pedestrian Chaos & risk
    I-OS = Exclusive ease & security
    Android is the Hitler; as it is the Volkswagen of Os’s; as the bug created by Hitler was the “designated” Peoples Car.

  28. Ignore him. He’s irrelevant.

  29. Ohhhhhhh Listen to the Commie calling the AAPL red !

  30. As#hole……….with Hitler there was no choice. It was his was or nothing.
    People choose I-OS. If they want Android it is there too.
    This is merely the disenfranchised voicing their distain at not being part of the most exclusive club in town. Not for discriminatory Hitler-like reasons; but merely because they are too stupid or too cheap to realize what they are missing.
    This really brings ignorance to a new level.

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