Do iWant?

By Patrick Madden
NEWS Reporter


S

hould you get one of the new iPhones instead of an Android? Probably not yet.
Both phones are built with faster processors but nothing fast enough to warrant a new purchase for iPhone 7 owners. Apple generally releases a new phone every year, and purchasing a phone as expensive as a fresh iPhone is a hefty investment. Until recently I’ve been able to survive off of hand-me-down phones (both Android and iPhones) and couldn’t imagine buying a fresh new phone every year simply to have the latest phone.
I remember my freshman year feeling a little self conscious turning on my noisy Thinkpad in a classroom full of shiny MacBooks and flipping out the old Android my dad had lent me. There may have been a perceived prestige to owning a MacBook or iPhone in school at the time, but maybe that was because I didn’t have one.
Throughout my time at Mercersburg, the disparity between owning Apple products and anything not Apple has become less noticeable. Partially this is due to the fact that most Android phones are more on par with the iPhone in terms of hardware.
That said, there are a couple of direct social benefits to owning an iPhone on campus, primarily proprietary features like iMessage and FaceTime that only Apple owners can use to communicate. This is somewhat negated by the common ownership of iPads among students, but people are still more likely to use their phones to communicate on a regular basis.
But, it’s really not worth your time to worry about which phone you have. You won’t instantly be more popular just because you have the latest iPhone nor will genuine friends make fun of you for having an older phone. At the end of the day it’s just a tool for communication with other people.

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