New iPhones don’t live up to former craze

Natasha Lieding, Chattanooga, Tenn. –The three things you can count on in life are death, taxes and the new iPhone.

 Photo by Alyssa Baldwin Robert Luther, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. sophomore, Claire Johnson, sophomore, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Rylee Johnson, junior from Fayetteville, Tenn. all use their iPhones to communicate.
Photo by Alyssa Baldwin
Robert Luther, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. sophomore, Claire Johnson, sophomore, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Rylee Johnson, junior from Fayetteville, Tenn. all use their iPhones to communicate.

Since its introduction to the phone world in 2007, the iPhone has become a cultural icon. The most recent release, the iPhones 5s and 5c versions, are no different, garnering about $9 million in initial sales.

Apple has since responded, saying  these new versions are the best they have produced yet, and  sales are clear indicators of this.

The news surrounding the latest edition quoted finger-print entry and metal and plastic options as key differences. The plastic options ranged in several colors, but besides that, nothing new circulated about the hardware or operating system, which left a lot of people wondering, “What’s the point?”

Freshman Zack Farley from Mufreesboro, Tenn., shed light on the new phone’s hierarchy.

“It seems like the 5c is just the cheaper version of the 5s given that the metal 5s seems more sturdy, but it’s all up to personal preference,” Farley said.

And much the same has come out in “drop tests” that are floating around the internet. Apple boasts the 5s’s greatest feature is its durability, and it makes sense when you are carrying around a phone made of metal. The 5c cracks under the same pressure.

Yet students are not swayed by this outcome, boasting that colors and price are big selling points.

“At first I thought no one would get the iPhone five colors because they may look like the cheaper option, but then I thought, an iPhone is an iPhone, why not save a hundred bucks?” sophomore Brittany Fisher from Indiana, said.

Even international student Ayman Aldashet from Palestine voiced his opinions and said the iPhone is the same whether you put it in plastic or metal.

As Laken Hight, senior from Adamsville, Tenn., said Apple’s brand is the point of the new iPhone craze, not the new phones themselves.

“I feel like Apple is always going to be the preferred brand and is just going to keep coming out with the next big thing that everyone wants,” Hight said.

Yet, with the new iOS 7 update to the iPhones, students are not seeing many options that this new iPhone could offer the iPhone 4 could not.

 

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