A very modern love story: A broken Apple laptop threatens to destroy a relationship

Apple and Android — never the twain shall meet. And if they do? It’s not always easy.

Can Android and Apple fans live together in perfect harmony? Not in every household. Valentine’s Day doesn’t look promising for one young couple. This 25-year-old woman unloaded on Reddit this week about her 25-year-old boyfriend. She loves Apple

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He loves Android. The problem: He broke her MacBook Pro and refuses to buy her a new one.

“It had been sitting, open, on the counter in my kitchen when he came by to pick me up for dinner and a night out. I went upstairs to change and, from my room I heard him let out a shout, followed by a crash,” she wrote. “I’ll be able to rescue things from my hard drive, but the screen is f***ed and there has definitely been a significant amount of water damage. I’ll have to replace it.”

He offered to replace it — with anything but Apple. And it’s not because of the price, which start at $1,300. He cited Apple users’ “hive mind” mentality. His Android option was just as expensive. “I told him, ‘Thank you, but no thank you,’” she added. “I can take advantage of a payment plan through Apple. I have excellent credit and no debts other than some low-balance student loans.”

“This was when he started getting over-the-top annoyed about it,” she said. “Bemoaning how I would rather ‘go into debt’ than let him help me, asking why I wouldn’t finally switch away from an Apple device now that ‘fate stepped in.’ It’s been a few days, and he won’t get off my case about it even though I’m the one who lost a rather expensive computer that meant a lot to me.”

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Reddit commenters were, for the most part, on her side. “I don’t want to be an alarmist, but my abusive ex-husband did something very similar,” one woman wrote. “It wasn’t long before he was telling me what I could and couldn’t wear, how my hair could be cut, and what I was allowed to eat. This is controlling behavior.” Another of the 500 comments said it was a “definite red flag.”

It may sound crazy, but studies suggest people judge others by their choice of gadget and believe it reflects their values. iPhone owners are 21 times more likely to judge others negatively for having an Android, while those who have an Android are 15 times more likely to judge others negatively for having an iPhone, a recent survey by dating site Match.com

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And those who have older models of either smartphone are 56% less likely to get a date. One explanation: iPhone users earn higher incomes than Android users, according to research group ComScore. “We look for so many other ways in which we’re compatible with potential partners, why shouldn’t phones be on the list?” says Abby Rodman, a psychotherapist in Boston.

But some people have found working conditions in Apple factories in China enough to say ‘no’ to the iPhone. A 2014 BBC “Panorama” documentary found exhausted employees falling asleep on the iPhone production line, after putting in shifts of up to 18 hours. At the time, Apple said, “We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.”

That’s unlikely to help the Apple/Android standoff in that couple’s relationship. One possible solution before Valentine’s night: Give her the money and allow her to buy whatever brand she chooses.

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