The poster's text reads "Crowdsourced, Freedom vs. Arrogance, Tyranny". Yueting's Weibo post argues that Apple is stifling innovation and harming the interests of users.
"Under the arrogant regime of iOS domination that developers around the world love yet hate, we are always carefully asking, 'is this kind of innovation okay?'" writes Yueting. He goes on to say that Apple is a "dusk empire" — a metaphor for something which is dying — while the image depicts two contrasting paths for the industry. The outline of the phone in the background with open doors matches leaked images of LeTV's upcoming LeTV X900 smartphone.
Whether you agree with Yueting's criticisms or not, the comparison of Apple to a dictator responsible for World War II, the Holocaust, and the death of more than 50 million people is inexcusable. It's quite shocking that a company would use this type of imagery in its marketing material. Ironically, the tight security measures implemented in iOS likely protect the privacy of many Chinese citizens from the country's communist dictatorship.
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