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5 Hilarious Anti-Apple Videos You Must Watch

Dave Parrack 29-02-2012

I don’t have any love for Apple. I don’t have any hate either. In fact, I find it odd that anyone would express such strong emotions, whether positive or negative, for a technology company. Or any company for that matter, whatever business it happens to be in. This means that while I don’t hate Apple, I can’t abide Apple fanboys.


Thankfully I’m not alone. Although Apple would like to think (and would like us to think) everyone and their mothers love the company and its products, fanboys are still a minority. Which means the rest of us, those I generally like to refer to as the sane ones, can laugh at Apple and its legion of cultish zealots. And some, if they’re that way inclined, can even make videos aimed in the direction of the aforementioned.

Futurama eyePhone


Mom has replaced Apple and the eyePhone has replaced the iPhone in this clip from Futurama. But then this is an animated series set in the 31st-century, so who knows whether this will be reality or not by then. Regardless, the mocking of Apple is in plain view for all to see.

We have the distant and smug Apple Store employee, the supply and demand issues that are always well-engineered (although robots have now taken the place of poor Chinese production line workers), the extortionate price being charged despite the issues, and the fanboy demanding he be “allowed” to purchase one.

There are also references to the wider evils of smartphones – getting distracted while walking along, stalking people online, and losing touch of real social interactions. And all in the space of under a minute.


I Hate The Smugness Of Apple

Baratunde Thurston is a comedian who likes Apple and uses their products. But he cannot stand the smugness the company exudes or the absolute religious fervor displayed by the most-venomous Apple fanboys. So when he has trouble installing something on his Mac he lets rip in a blog post. This shows him recounting the ensuing fallout from the blog post in a multimedia performance to an audience.

Baratunde has another video on YouTube showing him walking out of an Apple Store holding up his backpack pretending to have just bought an iPad. The Apple Store employees applaud him like a herd of performing sea lions. The poor saps.

Jason Calacanis On Apple Fanboys

Jason Calacanis is a well-known blogger and Internet entrepreneur responsible for Weblogs, Inc. and Mahalo Cool Search Engines To Remember Read More . But he’s also prone to foul-mouthed rants against certain sections of the tech community. On this occasion Apple fanboys get it, and get it good. Not so much an anti-Apple rant but an anti-Apple fanboy rant. Which suits me even better.

I’d love to hear some responses to his arguments in this video, the main thrust of which is him taking the side of the open platform, the open Internet, and people being able to do what they want with products they’ve spent a small fortune purchasing.


The point about the infamous 1984 Super Bowl ad and how Apple has now become the Big Brother figure it once railed against is one that I have been making for years. If Apple fanboys were to think about this logically for just a moment they would realize the truth of the assertion.

Charlie Brooker On Apple iPad

If you want to drink the Apple Kool-Aid then feel free. Sit around watching each new slightly-better-than-the-last product launch like a fanboy full of glee. And then head down to your nearest Apple Store two months later and hand over money you can barely afford to part with for the aforementioned emperor’s new clothes. The rest of us will laugh along with Charlie Brooker.

Charlie Brooker has probably bought an iPad since recording this. He’s a media type, and it’s expected of him. But that doesn’t lessen the comic genius he uses to rip apart Apple, its legion of dedicated fanboys, and the presentation style of its dear-departed leader What Is The Legacy Of Steve Jobs? [Geeks Weigh In] Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple, and while he will continue as Apple's chairman, his relinquishment of the title is a clear indication that he sees his time as Apple’s leader coming... Read More Steve Jobs.

Apple Sucks [NSFW]



There’s no foul-mouthed rant here, or intelligent look at the mindset of an Apple fanboy on the cusp of creaming over his latest purchase. This is just a downright mocking of an Apple convert waxing lyrical on the blue screen of death. And it’s absolutely hilarious thanks to the prompt screens and their running commentary of what this guy really means when he opens his mouth.

This video cuts through all the Apple baloney which insists Macs are superior Why More People Would Use Mac If It Cost The Same As Windows [Opinion] I'm writing this on a Windows PC for one very good reason - Macs are too damn expensive. If only Apple was to lower the price of its full range of Mac computers then everyone... Read More in every way, shape, and form to Windows-based PCs. They never crash, they never get malware, they’re perfect in every way. Apparently. No, no, and thrice no. They’re good, but they’re far from perfect. Otherwise the Genius Bar would be completely unnecessary.


There will be two distinct reactions to these videos: laughing at Apple getting taken down a peg or two or sitting there scowling with unappeased rage at the ignorance of these non-believers. I’m in the former camp, but I suspect many of you reading this won’t be. You laughed at at least one of them though, didn’t you. No? That means you must be a fanboy. Just admit it, you know you want to come out.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anti-Apple videos on the Web. And I’d like to watch more. So feel free to let us know in the comments of any others you have seen and loved. Parodies of Apple commercials are another genre altogether, so look out for a list of the best of those coming to a MakeUseOf near you soon. Though there is only one.


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  1. Abdul Rafay
    April 20, 2012 at 1:54 am

    heres one guy insults mac os trying to compare it with vista.

  2. Dave Parrack
    March 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Great word! Yeah, the lack of Flash is becoming less of an issue, it has to be said.

    The iPad is certainly a triumph, but it's expensive.

  3. Tysroby
    March 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm
    • Dave Parrack
      March 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      That is brilliant. Thanks for sharing, Tysroby.

  4. Keith Josephs
    March 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I loved watching these on my iPad!

    • Dave Parrack
      March 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      So, an Apple fan who can laugh at himself and at the company? You're a rare find indeed, sir.

      • Keith Josephs
        March 3, 2012 at 1:32 am

        Meh, I don't know if I am a true Apple fan. I have to say though that after recently browsing all the tablets at Best Buy recently (because I can't help myself) that I don't have buyers remorse. I found it kind of pathetic they didn't have ios5 installed on their demo models. Also the employee didn't know about multigesturing! Flash has never been an issue for me (I tried an iPad 1 before I bought one myself and was surprised how rarely I came across something that required flash). Plus its now on its way out. I've hated flash on desktops myself for a long time, even before the iPad, because of its CPU suckiness (made up a word).

    • Dapabler
      March 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Must be they weren't in Flash LOL

      • Keith Josephs
        March 3, 2012 at 1:34 am

        Need for flash is a very rare issue I've found....

  5. James Bruce
    February 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    As a Apple fan, 4 of those were absolutely hilarious, good picks. Unfortunately, Calacanis is a self-righteous, total ******. His arguments are completely lame, but I don't want to turn this into one of those threads, so I'll ignore your invitation to argue against them. 

    The rest though are awesome. Loved Baratunde, he's a great storyteller and speaker. 

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

       I'm glad you appreciated (most of) them, James. Even as an Apple fan *cough* boy *cough*.

      I don't particularly like Calacanis myself, though he isn't as bad as Scoble or Siegler! I think he makes some good points on this occasion though.

  6. bobconstans
    February 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    "In fact, I find it odd that anyone would express such strong emotions, whether positive or negative, for a technology company. Or any company for that matter, whatever business it happens to be in."
    I hope the following explanation helps you to understand --
    In the past, I was compelled on a regular basis to curse at Microsoft in frustration. With time, I have reduced the number of utterances of "F%cking Microsoft" and "F%cking Windows" to merely one or two per day [PER DAY]. That this coincides with Microsoft modeling Windows more and more like a Mac speaks for itself. Not that I have never cursed a Mac, but it's been quite rare, for while Macs do frustrate on occasion, they don't irritate the living Sh!t out of you when they do. 

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

       That does not explain fanboyism. Switching to Mac because Windows frustrates you is completely understandable. But then declaring undying love for Apple and buying all its products no matter how expensive they are? That would be fanboyism, and that would be lame.

      • bobconstans
        February 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        That would be EXTREME emotion, not strong :-P Fanaticism is usually inexplicable.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

           So you're not a fanboy, you just love Apple? ;)

  7. Dan
    February 29, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Whre's the Drunk Gamers Mac parody ad? It's a travesty!

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

       I've just watched it for the first time. Thanks for the recommendation! Watch out for '10 Apple Ad Parody Videos' coming this time next week. I think you'll enjoy it :)

  8. Gregoryestevez
    February 29, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Thank You for the share, I had some good laughs with these videos.  Loved the Baratunde Thurston video, and how can we forget the apple kool-aid lol. Anyway, I never understood all the fuzz about apple. I tried a Mac before, and came back to the PC world like in six seconds. 

    • Dave Parrack
      February 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

       I aim to please ;)

      You're one of many that do return, and not just with Macs. Switching from iPhone to Android is becoming more common.

      • James Bruce
        February 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        I love it when you pull random facts out... You're wrong though. Most users switch to iPhone - after having a sloppy experience with the (admittedly free) crappy Android phones. The vast majority never had the latest and greatest Android handset of the month (the Razr Droidoamtic Turbo 3d XZR?), and they aren't running the latest firmware - so fair enough, their experience sucked. Now that iPhone 3GS is free too, they can finally get the phone they *actually* wanted. 

        Probably  would have been different if they had forked out $400 for the latest Android handset with ICS, but if they had that kind of money, most people would have got the iPhone4s anyway. 

        (Data: Samsung Galaxy S2, widely regarded as the best Android handset yet - has shipped 20 million units to date; iPhone4s sold 37 million during christmas period alone). 

        I'm not saying the top-tier Android phones aren't fantastic little immensely powerful phones, and maybe ICS is great, but that's simply not what most people own in the Android world. 

        • Dave Parrack
          February 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          I should have added "In my experience" to the start of the sentence. I know many family and friends who have switched from iPhone to Android after they realized the hype was overblown. You've conveniently taken one Android phone and compared its sales to the iPhone. Whereas you know there is a lot more out there than just the Galaxy S2. Android is dominant in many countries.

          Why do you assume everyone wants an iPhone? That's patently wrong. I know many people who prefer the open nature of Android and don't see the appeal of Apple products at their inflated prices.

          I do agree that ICS should be pushed out across the board ASAP because the delay isn't doing Google or the handset manufacturers any favors.

        • Mark
          February 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

          Excuse me, but where are your facts??

        • Dave Parrack
          February 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

          Are you talking to me or James, Mark? If me, it's a view based on personal experience.

        • Anthony Marc
          February 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

           Just look at the numbers.  There are 4 whole iPhone options.  There is "really old", "pretty old", "The one you probably have", and "The one just like the one you probably have, but with some new software".  And you can only have it on one of two carriers unless you modify the phone. 

          Take Android now.  There are currently over 65 Android phones offered between just the top 4 carriers alone.  I'm not even counting the little baby providers and prepaid options.  Between just four different manufacturers there are 47 different handsets available right now.  And that isn't counting the number of handsets which are no longer in production.

          So you tell me...  You have 3 choices of iPhones to pick right now and two providers to choose from.  There are DOZENS of Android phones offered through probably at least a dozen different carriers.  Which one do you think leads the market?  Throw a rock in the air and it is going to hit someone with an Android.  Check the real data.  The iPhone is cool and everything, but it does not lead the market right now.  Being there first doesn't matter.  Doing it better does.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

          I love that description of the choices of iPhone on offer right now. But wait, the iPhone 5 is due in a few months!!!

        • Anthony Marc
          March 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

          I direct you to http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apple if you want to know why Apple releases a new iOS device every 12 to 18 months.  Other than following Moore's Law, of course.

        • CrappleSauce
          March 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

          Well, I couldn't wait to get rid of my iPhone. As soon as my contract was up, guess what I did? I bought a brand new Galaxy Nexus. 

          And I never want another apple product again, EVER!  I also have a dualcore MacMini (which I bought used on the cheap), that is nothing more than a fancy white paper weight. I truly believe that users who go on and on about apple products as being the greatest, are afflicted with a Dunning-Kruger like syndrome. Only this is an inability to distinguish superior technology from a turd with lipstick. 

        • Dave Parrack
          March 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          Android all the way from now on?

        • Daniel J
          March 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

          I actually do know some individuals that couldn't wait to switch to Android devices. (I have a close friend whom was diehard Mac for years. Finally got sick of his iPad and got a Galaxy, said it was the greatest decision he ever made) The main thing hurting Apple is the os...

          (And why are Apple owners so uppity? You can even agree with them 'That Apple is a great brand and Macs are sweet' Then they will follow with, 'No, dude you don't understand.. Apple is just soooo awesome... I mean its the best'.. That's when I get pissed)

        • Dave Parrack
          March 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm

          James has been well and truly told! Thanks for commenting.