In an interview on the latest episode of BBC Click (radio version):
there’s a pretty disappointing answer from Ken Kocienda, who was part of the creative/design team at Apple for a long time, when asked about the proprietary screws, the inability to change your own battery, etc, that are part of the design of Apple products.
Basically he says ‘Apple had to make choices, Steve Jobs made clear choices, and I think the fact we recently had a $1 trillion market cap means they were good choices’.
He was on the spot but still, pretty stark confirmation that money is the primary concern of the corporate culture there.
It’s at 20m 35s in to the podcast.