I like iPhones!

Nowadays, smartphones are the norm irrespective of their make or model, although some people still cling to primitive phones. For the past ten years, I’ve been using iPhones, and I hold on to them for a long time. The first iPhone I owned was iPhone 5 followed by iPhone 5s. I had kept it for five years until I upgraded to iPhone 8, carrying it for four years shy of one month. Eventually, I bought iPhone 13 in late December of last year. Because I bought it brand new, I intend to keep it for another five to six years unless something irregular interrupts my plan.

iPhone 13

Every once in a while, a new iPhone pops up, and people rush to buy it, even if there is no need for it. Then, what is the point of changing a smartphone every year or every two years? I don’t get it. The tired adage “necessity is the mother of invention” isn’t applicable here. If an iPhone is functioning well, why not keep it for a longer time?

As research indicates, people feel good when they buy the latest products. So that theory justifies the reason, perhaps. Of course, later iPhones surpass their predecessors in terms of capacity or quality, though that is an arguable matter on the side of users. Some attest that older versions were stronger and easier to use. It is true that the latest iPhones are sublime and inundate users with sophisticated functions that warrant a set of skills and a learning curve. iPhone 15 is the latest one of the pack; it came out on 22 September 2023. Now, iPhone 16 is in the works. Read here about the evolution of iPhones.

Baffled by the burgeoning production of iPhones, Apple’s chief executive officer Tim Cook was asked this question while speaking to Brut recently. He replied, “I think having an iPhone every year for those people that want is a great thing. And what we do is we allow people to trade in their phones. And so, we resell that phone if it’s still working.”

I, for one, like iPhones, but I also like to keep them for a long time as I do not see the need to change them every now and then.