Long, long ago. In a land far,far away.
In a valley called Silicon, which was a bit of a Hippy commune where everyone was happy and shared all of their ideas, and played together nicely.
There lived a giant. The giant’s name was Apple, and he was a happy giant who shared all of his toys and ideas with everyone, just so long as they were used for the enjoyment and health of everyone. Then one day a new giant moved into a castle a little further down the valley.
This giant’s name was Fitbit, and she had moved to Silicon Valley, because she had her own ideas, and she wanted to share her ideas with Apple, and join with him and share both of their ideas together so that everyone could benefit from the wisdom of both.
Apple got Jealous, he didn’t like the new giant, Fitbit. He didn’t want to share his ideas with another giant, they were his toys and his ideas, and he wanted the credit and the adulation of the people for that. In the middle of the night, in a fit of rage, Apple snatched up all of his toys from the surrounding villages and towns and locked himself (and all of his toys) in his dark, imposing castle.
Apple, worked quickly because he knew that if he took too long then Fitbit, would make her own toys and all the people would forget him and worship her, and all would be lost. He tinkered, and hammered, and twisted, and adjusted, and he changed all of his toys so that nobody would ever be able to challenge his popularity ever again!
Fitbit, missed Apple, but she still wanted to help the people of the valley, and realised that if she tried what Apple, had tried, to keep all of her toys and ideas to herself, then like Apple, she would eventually fail, so she invited all of the friends and giants that she knew. And all of them that they knew. And eventually, together they managed to make most of the villagers happy.
They had replaced all of the toys, and ideas that Apple, had, had, and most of them (not all) were as good, if not sometimes even better than the toys that Apple had made. Most of the people were happy.
There was one toy though, just one, that, no matter how hard they tried, nobody could make as good as Apple, had. And because of this toy some of the villagers still missed Apple, and on occasion they snook away from the village, and up to the castle where Apple lived, where they played and shared all of his old toys, and some of his new ones.
Many years passed, and slowly, but surely Apple became lonely for his friends in the village, and yes even for Fitbit, so gradually he could be seen more and more often, mainly at night, in the village. He was surprised and shocked at first, to see so many other giants, and how easily everyone was sharing their things, sharing their ideas.
Over time even Apple, himself learned to share (well some things anyway). His most valued treasure though, Apple Health, he kept to himself, and refused to share. In return Fitbit, and her friends had their own secret, Sleep Tracker, and they kept their secret locked away from Apple. Despite this everyone got along fairly well, each accepting and working around their differences.
Now it isn’t often that a story of jealousy, and greed, such as this one, has a happy ending. Neither would this one if it were not for the influence of……..
Elves. As we all know giant’s workshops are staffed with elves, and we all know that where there are elves, there is always spies, and always greed. In this story it is a good job that there was.
Working in the castles of both Fitbit, and Apple, there was a couple, (probably cousins, as they were both from the App. family). There was
Data Manager for Fitbit ($3.99), Sync Solver for Fitbit ($4.99).
Now we don’t know which castle each of them worked in, but we do know that one of them had the key to the safe where secrets are kept, in the Fitbit castle, and although the other didn’t have the same for the Apple castle safe, what he did have was a copy of the secret Apple Health code. He had been trusted to fit it to an AppleWatch, once and had taken a sneaky picture of it on his iphone.
Along with some of their friends, Data Manager for Fitbit ($3.99), Sync Solver for Fitbit ($4.99), and, Power Sync for Fitbit. (free), and Sync Solver for Fitbit , they found the answers to each side of the argument and began to share them with everybody.
So after many, many long years, and lots of upset and tears, Apple has Sleep Tracker, and everyone else can use Apple Health. Everyone can share all of the toys and knowledge and everyone will live happily ever after.
So What Do You Think?
Is the ability for numerous manufacturers to the benefit of everyone? Or is this only going to further complicate an already crowded and confusing market?
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