I was offline on Friday when you wrote this, but I appreciate the perspective. I wonder how much of the hating derives from the increasing popularity of Apple devices in general. After all, Apple’s marketing strategy from “1984” to the present has more or less been versions of “Think Different,” even if they’ve dropped that motto. At some point, more and more people have begun “thinking different” so that we (especially at the MLA) all appear to think differently together. The only predictable thing to do when your favorite indie band or computer gets popular is to turn on it when the newest thing comes out.
That’s a far too simple explanation of things…but it’s an angle that I don’t really see being considered yet.