Apple launched their much anticipated iPhone 5 – the “thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever” – on September 21. Apple reported that it had sold over five million iPhone 5 models by Sept. 24 and more than 100 million Apple devices were updated to iOS 6 – the world’s newest Apple mobile operating system.
Professor Eddis Miller thinks it’s worth it to switch to the iPhone 5, not just to fit in with the Apple hype, but for more practical reasons. “I’m switching because I want a better quality of AT&T service on my iPhone,” said Prof. Miller. “AT&T on my current iPhone 4 is not working well.”
Freshman Victoria Hyland is adamant on switching to the iPhone 5. “It’s probably not worth it to switch, but I still want to anyway,” said Hyland. “Mainly because the screen is bigger and the phone will hopefully be better.”
The iPhone 5 starts at $199 for a 16 GB, $299 for a 32 GB, and $399 for a 64 GB when purchased with a two-year service contract.
While Prof. Miller wouldn’t wait in line for the iPhone 5, he says that the starting price of $199 does not bother him.
“I would definitely not wait in line for it. I’m not super concerned with the price; I just need better service on the iPhone 5 with AT&T,” said Professor Miller.
Hyland also agrees that the price is not an issue and doesn’t mind the starting price. “I’d definitely pay the $199 for it now,” said Hyland.
The somewhat lower starting price of the new iPhone is not the only change Apple has made. Some of the major changes on the iPhone 5 are the “lightening” connector, which is much thinner than the classic 30-pin connector and the new Apple EarPods that come with the iPhone 5. The new EarPods are designed to easily rest inside one’s ear and feel more secure.
Apple’s constant updates to their software and format can seem discouraging but loyal fans don’t seem to mind. Both Prof. Miller and Hyland are loyal to the Apple brand and plan to support the new product launch.
“I’ve used the Apple computers for a while,” said Miller. “They’re user friendly and don’t have a lot of viruses.”
“I have everything Apple,” said Hyland. “Apple is better than PC; I’ve been using Apple products for the last 5 years.”
According to Apple, the iPhone 5 is now available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. The iPhone 5 will be available in 22 more countries by September 28 and will be available in more than 100 other countries by the end of this year.