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The Unaffordable iPhone 11

The iPhone 11, which was released on September 20th, 2019, and is the newest piece of Apple technology. Of course, like every new addition of the iPhone series, it is just different enough from the last phone to be called new, and the price has only gotten higher. 

How much is this year’s model? At its fall 2019 event, Apple released the price of the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. If you haven’t already heard about the price for the latest smartphone, you may be in for a surprise. Hold onto your wallets folks.

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The iPhone 11 starts at $699 dollars, which isn’t that bad considering that the iPhone X was $999 at its release. But then it jumps considerably in price for the iPhone 11 Pro. Then another $100 dollars for the 11 Pro Max. And for the Samsung type, the Galaxy S10 isn’t any cheaper. Starting at $899 you won’t be saving any money by switching. As you can see, there is a steady increase in the price of each new smartphone. Although Apple is taking trade-ins of older models to lower the cost, how can the majority of people afford what has become such a necessity. 

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Are the new features worth the price? The camera on the iPhone 11 now has a wide and ultra-wide lens, which gives the ability to crop and zoom after the photo is taken. It also has a night mode for taking pictures in the dark. The video quality is slightly improved and you can take 4k video at 60 fps as well as slo-mo video. It’s powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, which Apple claims that it’s their fastest processor yet. The battery life is supposed to last an hour longer than the previous iPhone XS. Last but not least, the iPhone 11 comes in six different colors: black, red, white, purple, yellow, and green. 

The main difference between the 11 and the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max is the triple camera system. But why is the new iPhone so expensive just because it has a better camera? To finish off this blog post, we’ll talk about what really makes each new iPhone so expensive. 

There are a few different reasons to explain the high prices and why they’re increasing. One of those reasons is that Apple designs and engineers the hardware and software for each new phone. Creating this software takes a lot of resources, which raises the price. Also, Apple creates and controls the entire user experience, which is constantly changing. Another reason is that Apple continues to position each new iPhone as a high-end product, which is what allows them to reap much higher profit margins on each phone than its competitors.

Finally, the metals and resources that it takes to make each and every iPhone are expensive. Apple has to get these resources from all around the world. The iPhone requires complex components like gyroscopes, accelerometers, multi-touch sensors, Gorilla Glass, and incredibly compact and powerful A-series processors. Manufacturing these iPhones is no simple task either. It costs Apple hundreds of dollars to make each phone in the factory. Below is a link to a video tour of Apple’s factory and the process it takes to make each phone. 

Considering the process it takes to create a device that fits into your pocket and runs faster than any computer for a fraction of the price of one, maybe it makes sense that it’s cost is in the quadruple digits. But it also makes you wonder if we’re being overcharged hundreds of dollars for our iPhones. In today’s world, everyone needs a smartphone, so it wouldn’t be crazy for Apple to profit off of our need. I mean at this rate who knows how much we’ll be paying for an iPhone in the 2020’s! My question to end on is: Do you think we’re getting duped into paying hundreds of more dollars for our phones than they are actually worth?

-Aaron True

iPhone X: Revolutionary for the world or Revolutionary for Apple?

No doubt the iPhone X is one of the most talked about phones coming to the market in early November, but is it honestly as revolutionary as they make it? I’m going to get this out of the way right now, I AM AN APPLE FANBOY. I love Apple. I watched the launch event and at first I was blown away by how amazing and revolutionary this new iPhone seemed to be. But when I really thought about it, about the new facial recognition, the augmented reality feature, and wireless charging. And I realized the new iPhone is not really as revolutionary as Apple claims.

iPhoneLet’s get down to some of the main features that they emphasized in the ‘Revolutionary’ iPhone. The new iPhone X is now offering wireless charging with the new glass back they incorporated into the new set of phones. Do not let it fool you though. I mean how many times do you put your phone on the charger and not needed to use it? Wireless charging sounds better than it actually is, because you cannot charge your phone and use it at the same time. Wireless charging has also been around since 2009, and Samsung, Apple’s largest competition, had wireless charging in 2013.

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Next onto one of the biggest additions into the new iPhone, Facial recognition. First off facial recognition was first used on the Google Nexus in 2011. Apple claims that this new system is better than the Touch ID. They claim that mask, clay molds of your face, and pictures will not fool the iPhone X and will only open to your face but if you have a twin they might be able to get in. This technology is so smart that it can recognize you when you grow a beard, wear a hat, cut your hair, wear sunglasses etc. I mean at the Apple event the demonstration went so well, watch one of Apple’s biggest live event fails here.

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As an iPhone owner, I have been waiting for Apple to incorporate an OLED display for the longest time. Apple has been using a Retina Display while Samsung has been using a beautiful OLED display since 2013. Apple is a little late to the party, also Apple is a little late with the edge to edge display, Samsung beat them to the case there too. I am not the only Apple user not really impressed with this new ‘Revolutionary’ phone, neither is popular YouTuber SSSniperwolf.

Is this phone revolutionary for consumers or is it revolutionary for an iPhone? Because through my research, most of the key specs that make this new iPhone ‘revolutionary’ have already been incorporated into phones in the past. Will you be buying the iPhone X? Why or why not? How do you think that it compares to other phones, like the Samsung Note 8 and Galaxy S8?

-Aaron Graham

Inheriting an Empire: Tim Cook and Apple

Tim Cook looks and acts like the products that his company is so famous for producing.

Tim CookThe full head of silvery-white hair looks like something Jony Ive, Apple’s famous lead industrial designer, could have slaved over in the engineering labs and formed from brushed aluminum in a Chinese factory. He is quiet, timid, precise, meticulous, he runs smoothly and without haste. He was chosen to take over the worlds most valuable company, by the most perfectionistic, and visionary businessman of the 21st Century. This choice was no accident.

Bob Dylan once wrote, “All I can be is me, whoever that is”. Cook has allowed Apple’s legacy of excellence, innovation, and bravery to inspire and inform his directing of the company, but not shackle it. He is not Steve, and Apple is better for it. Many of Apple’s most successful products over the last four to five years, have been ones that wouldn’t have been allowed under the old guard. Larger iPhones, smaller iPads, MacBooks with HDMI, products with gold finishes.

Apple has become more open under Cook, devoting titanic amounts of resources, both time and money, into renewable energy, funding for HIV AIDS research, marching for LGBT rights, and a huge push for equality. The world learned the kind of man Cook is, when at a recent shareholders meeting, he told a reporter, “When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI.” He is a man who cares deeply about equality, fairness, and accessibility. His office is bookended by two portraits: One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and another of Robert Kennedy. He describes them as “two civil rights leaders who put their lives on the line for what they believed in.”

Not everything has gone exactly according to plan, though. Both Maps, & Siri, as well as Apple’s most recently iOS operating system updates, have been less than well-received. Apple’s mantra used to be “It Just Works,” in reference to having software and hardware that worked together like magic. Now, with pressure to release a new update every fall, that has fallen to the wayside, in favor of an annual feature bump. And that’s just their software.

iPhone 5cThe iPhone 5C has been criticized for being made of “non-premium materials”, meaning plastic. Apple usually only uses higher quality glass, and aluminum in its designs, and a sudden shift to a cheaper housing put it in the realm of Samsung, and other competitors in terms of build quality.

But maybe, to Samsung, that comparison would have been taken more favorably. The Korean electronics giant has come under criticism, both by tech journalists and Apple in recent years, for copying Cupertino’s most popular products. Even worse, is the blatant bootlegging of design by Chinese copycat products, going so far as to recreate the aesthetic of Apple’s retail outlets

When thinking of Cook’s place in Apple’s story, I’m reminded of my upbringing as a young Catholic boy, and the “gloria” prayer. There was a verse, “He is seated at the right hand of the father…” And that to me is Tim Cook.

While Steve Jobs will always be looked at as the iconoclastic figurehead, the high priest of the computer age, Tim Cook is very much the right hand man, the man behind the legend.

Sam Strajack