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Apple's Snobby VP Phil Schiller Ditches Instagram for Going Android

Steven Blum
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A while back we brought you a story about how iOS users were upset over the fact that their beloved Instagram app had migrated to Android. Hundreds of Apple fans Tweeted things like "Ewwwww, Android now has Instagram, GROSSSS." I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist. Android users = gross. There also might have been a socioeconomic factor in the Android shaming as well, since Android owners tend to be from a lower socioeconomic bracket than iPhone owners. Whatever the case, the blatant disgust was difficult to ignore and made a lot of Android owners upset.

Now it turns out even the VP of Apple can't deal with the fact that Android owners now have access to the super cool and ultra exclusive (till now) Instagram app. Senior VP Phil Schiller recently quit Instagram. When asked by a user via Twitter why he did so, Schiller wrote it was because the app "jumped the shark" when it launched on the Android platform.

Oh, I'm sorry Schiller that you had to see Instagram running on a different OS, I'm sure it must have absolutely terrified you! Because, ewwwwwwwww, Android owners are just so gross, right? And Apple owners are so shiny and special and magical. 

When the same user reached out to Schiller about why he wrote that he was dropping Instagram, Schiller than backed away from his initial remark that Instagram had "jumped the shark" and wrote, instead, that he just didn't feel like Instagram was cool anymore:

Instagram is a great app and community. That hasn’t changed.
But one of the things I really liked about Instagram was that it was a small community of early adopters sharing their photographs.
Now that it has grow(n) much larger the signal to noise ratio is different.
That isn’t necessarily good or bad, it’s just not what I originally had fun with.

See, it's not about Android, it's just that Schiller likes to feel as if he's part of a super cool and exclusive group of first adopters! Because that's what Apple is: a highly-devoted, elitist group of folks who only want to associate with each other. Lovely! And even the managament agrees! It has nothing to do with Android, it's just too big now. God, I didn't realize Apple employed hipsters for VPs. Can I apply?

Oh I wish I was as cool as Phil Schiller! I just wish he was still gracing the world with his artfully designed, vintage filtered photos of trees and books, or whatever it is Apple owners take pictures of (surely us slovenly Android owners couldn't even imagine). Oh wait, no, I don't.

Anyway, even if Schiller really just left Instagram because it got too big, is this really how Apple feels about Instagram now? Um, Apple PROMOTED Instagram by naming it App of the Year, so maaaybe that's why it got big in the first place. Now they're blaming it for its own success? I don't get it.

And if Schiller really dropped Instagram just because it migrated to Android, well, that is just the pettiest thing I've ever heard. There's being competitive, and then there's being a jerk. I guess I shouldn't have expected anything less from an Apple VP.

If you need me, I'll be playing with my gross Android like the slobby, poor, unwashed Android owner that I am. 

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  • Eric McBride Apr 20, 2012 Link

    This guy is a serious freakin **ithead. SERIOUSLY.

    I mean if they liked Instagram that much, why didnt they just buy it?!??!

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  • Kurt Hinds Apr 20, 2012 Link

    Wow talk about elitest garbage. Apple truly is a cult. I wonder do they realize the real world does exist!

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    Nick N. Apr 21, 2012 Link

    APPLE: Rotten to the core

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  • red Apr 21, 2012 Link

    They have their device, but that's not good enough (it would be good enough for me) - they want the monopoly of apps too. I guess the rif raff (android users like me) don't deserve good apps. How arrogant and elitist can you get?

    I'm so glad I am an android user.

    Sorry for the rant, I feel more grown-up now.

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  • Ilgaz Apr 22, 2012 Link

    I must admit that when I saw the iphone users original story I thought you were trolled by a clever group of users. As it broke to the news sites, I was shocked to see it is real and there are people like that.
    Now, a high level business guy from Apple openly says similar thing. Funny that companies are run by stupid people like that (Samsung too) since they alienate their own potential customers.

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  • Nixx Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Is that their sales tactic? To kiss the a$$es of current Apple customers by telling them they're better than the rest of us slovenly Android users? They're definitely ”special”, I agree, those people that waited in line for an overpriced and soon to be obsolete device struck me as ”special” too... Way to alienate potential customers guys! But then I guess they don't need anymore customers because the ones they have will be back in line overnight for release of their next device... At least they've got their repeat customer strategy in place, because I know I won't be crossing over.

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  • tim s. Apr 27, 2012 Link

    I used to work for an Apple reseller in Melbourne, and I can tell you that all those guys were a bunch of blatant crooks. The service manager demanded that I had to charge this poor customer $520 for a replacement power supply, when it was only a 20 cent fuse!! I put my notice in immediately, and have hated Apple for the 22 years since. I find iToys boring, when friends show me their beloved iToys to me.
    Cult?? I reckon . . . They're happy to be ripped off . . Can't figure that one out.

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  • Joshua Dapitan Apr 27, 2012 Link

    Android=Gross?
    I don't GET IT
    Apple= Smokey Mountain of the Philippines HAHAHA!

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  • CJ Brown Apr 27, 2012 Link

    I will respect APPLE as an innovator when it comes to enhancing technology for Tablets, Mp3 players, Desktops, Laptops & Smart Phones ... however, their elitist attitude post Steve Jobs is unbearable (what happened to the Company that marveled everyone with their technology? They've become Brats who quickly file patent lawsuits with a rabid fan base that doesn't want to acknowledge the innovations by competitive Electronic Companies) ...

    Why so hard on the "open source" Android ?

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  • Theo H Apr 28, 2012 Link

    I use to have iPhone talk about crappie customer service phone sucked compared to my lovely Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch way faster, better in every way. Apple core Baltimore who sucks and swallow Appleholes.

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  • CJ Brown Apr 28, 2012 Link

    As Android users, we have something that Apple will never ever have ... & that's the freedom of choosing which Android Smart Phone / Android Tablet we want (whether it's made by HTC, SAMSUNG, MOTOROLA, LG, PANTECH, SONY).

    What does Apple offer? Whatever product they want to offer their Apple Customers (& it appears these consumers will purchase anything with an Apple logo (lol) - yet, do their Customers actually have the freedom to choose between various Smart Phones / Tablets? ABSOLUTELY NOT - they can choose between the "obsolete" (iPhone3, iPhone4, iPad) vs "updated" (iPhone4s, iPad2) & both are rather "overpriced" in my opinion ...

    I've already said that I will admire APPLE for being an innovator in the field of modern technology. but I don't see how they're going to improve as Company without Steve Jobs (& these so called patent lawsuits - along with snobbery from within their Corporate sector - are painting a very selfish picture) ...

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  • Flemming Ast Apr 28, 2012 Link

    Apple is just afraid for Android that is a better OS and offer lower prices.

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  • Eddy De Windt Apr 28, 2012 Link

    Apple = non gratum anus rodentum!

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  • Paulie K. Apr 30, 2012 Link

    Wow...had no idea. I buy android, not because I can't afford an IPhone, but because I like open source. I don't want some company forcing me to only purchase from them when another company gives me infinite possibilities. Besides I don't like standing on line. Apple is overhyped and I'm sick of seeing their product placement in every movie I watch. I've seen people all excited about their Iphone returning to their old phones. I guess they thought the phone was going to allow them the ability to walk on water or to being able to put their pants on both legs at a time.

    Samsung Galaxy S 2.2 (and can't wait for the Note or the rumoured Galaxy 3)

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