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To Upgrade or not to Upgrade: Apple’s New iPhone

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Recently, Apple has come out with a two new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X (or iPhone 10). Since these new iPhones have been announced, there have been many drastic opinions on the new products. When the iPhone 7 was released, customers found out that the headphone jack had been removed, thus no longer allowing someone to listen to music and charge their phone without buying a new accessory with an adaptor to do both at the same time. Since then, the iPhone 8 has been released. It is marginally larger, forcing customers to buy a new case, and instead of being lighter than the iPhone 7, it is heavier, because it has a glass back. Other than those minor changes, it seems to be the same as the iPhone 7. Apple customers are now anxiously awaiting the iPhone X, which will be released on November 3rd. The iPhone X also requires a new case and has the option of a charger cord or wireless charging (also like the iPhone 8), thus unraveling the hidden costs in Apple’s products. The screen of the iPhone X stretches to the edges of the phone and the home button has been removed.

A few of Laguna’s faculty and students have responded to these products (emphasize the negativity of the response), reporting that 49.2% of the Laguna population is frustrated with the removal of the home button (23.7% in favor of the removal of the home button and 27.1% having no opinion), however 68.6% of Laguna community is in favor of the wireless charging to the new iPhones. Since Apple is making their customers buy an extra accessory to listen to music and charge your phone at the same time, the frustration of this requirement has been reflected at Laguna, with 60.2% not in favor. Individually, Nissa Hales, Eric Faust, and Jason Barnick were especially upset by the new features and costs of the new iPhones. Senior Jason Barnick even commented that he “believe[s] that facial recognition is too personal [and that] the fingerprint is fine because the government already has your fingerprint, but giving my facial scan to a company seems too much.” Growing frustrations don’t stop at students; even Eric Faust said he would not upgrade his phones “unless I have to. Unless my phone breaks or dies, I’m holding onto it. Why? Because Apple products are freakin’ expensive, man.” Finally, Nissa Hales expresses her frustration with Apple’s hidden costs in their products, like the adaptor to listen to music and charge your phone at the same time and the wireless charging. She simply states that she is “holding off [upgrading her iPhone 6] because I do not want to deal with the Apple-inflicted changes and hidden expenses.”

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