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Opinion: Are we overpaying for Apple products?

Alexis T. Rhoden
Oxford Stories
atrhoden@go.olemiss.edu

If you have an older Apple phone, then I’m sure you have noticed that these overpriced phones have a shortness of battery life, and frequent crashing of apps will often send you to your local service providers in a frenzy. The salesperson will troubleshoot your phone and then look at you and say, “Well, your storage is full.”

Turns out the “storage is full” trick has ran dry. In December, The Washington Post confirmed that Apple has purposely slowed down older versions of iPhones, such as 5, 5S, 6, and 6S Plus. Nevertheless, this method forced people to try to keep up with the latest version of iPhones. Users have sued Apple for up to $1 trillion in iPhone damages.

Let’s draw out a timeline of an invested Apple user:

  • September 19, 2014 – Apple releases the iPhone 6 to replace the iPhone 5
  • September 5, 2015 – Apple releases the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
  • September 7, 2016 – Apple releases iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • September 22, 2017 – Apple releases iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Now, here we are in 2018, watching the iPhone become the size of a tablet with the same features it had in 2014 with the iPhone 6. Nevertheless, the iPhone 6 is in the dinosaur years of Apple.

Speaking from experience, I have an iPhone 6, and it dies on 78 percent. I can barely download apps because of “low storage.” My phone cuts off whenever it feels like it.

The gag is, an iPhone 6 is only worth $100. This $100 is the best anyone can give with the return of the iPhone 6, even if the iPhone does not have one single scratch.

People usually say that you get what you pay for. This is true. Apple offers high speed software, and sadly, you just have to keep up. Once your product has depreciated, it’s over.

It almost seems now that Apple has ran out of new techniques to draw people in. This leaves the unfortunate to deal with another high price, crappy phone and the bandwagon people with an iPhone X ($999).

However, Apple released statements that they will discontinue the X after the second generation launches. The X had interesting features, such as no home button, and now iPhone users can open the phone with your face as a passcode. It has been circulating that Apple would rather discontinue this product rather than selling it for a cheaper price.

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Local CSpire advertising the new iPhone X. Photo by Alexis T. Rhoden.

For several, this phone is overpriced for just a new body style and a face feature. People should really think of everything they could actually do with $999. Some people could pay half of their rent, car note, or pay off a credit card. These are actually benefits to your life, not a phone.

Smart phone salesperson Gabby Miles said she tries to steer iPhone users away from upgrading. Miles said, “I have always disagreed with the prices of iPhones, but since the lawsuit, it proved that I was right all along. These phones are not durable.”

Miles said she is an iPhone user, but she switches to Android because of the increasing prices of Apple products.

iPhone X buyer Breanna Cook said she loves her phone, but she thinks it was too expensive. “The price was ridiculous,” Cook said. “Although, it was supposed to be the best iPhone so far, it still has glitches. For example, the face feature doesn’t really work at night, nor in certain light.”

Apple forces their dedicated buyers to invest in these overpriced products because they slow down older versions. Next time you are reviewing Apple products, look at the actual difference of the most recent product from older versions. It is mind blowing.

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