This summer, Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone, and new reports describe it as a “completely redesigned handset” as well as a “total rethink from a design standpoint.”
I don’t mean to rain on the iPhone 5 party — I’m a geek, and I love new technology as much as the next guy — but I can’t help but feel something like, “Really? I feel like the iPhone 4 just came out.”
I love Apple and I want to keep loving Apple, but if once-every-two-years (and presumably even more frequently) is going to become the standard rate of upgrades, I don’t think I can afford it.
Right now, I use an iPhone 3G. It’s not ideal with iOS 4.2, but it’s still an amazing device that, given my use of it, can only marginally be described as a phone. I’d love to upgrade to the iPhone 4, but in order to do so, I’ll need a system that can run Apple’s latest desktop OS (I’m currently on a MiniMac that I got in 2006). The cheapest route to upgrade would be to renew my AT&T contract to get the iPhone 4 for about $220 and then buy a new MiniMac at $699.00.
Before even talking about tax, that’s pushing $1,000, which I don’t have lying around. If I could finagle a student discount, I could bring that number down to something closer to $800 (I think).
This isn’t me bitching about costs. Buying an Apple product is like buying a Mercedes; if you can afford it, that’s great, but it also costs a pretty penny to maintain over time.
What would be nice, however, is to make it easier for customers who are a generation or so behind to get the most out of their products. Like, say, allow me to roll back my iPhone 3G to iOS 3.something.