By ZAC PALMER, Staff Writer
All eyes turned to Cupertino this past Tuesday for the most anticipated smartphone announcement of the year. In a room packed with journalists from all over the world, and live streaming online, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6. Thousands of live blogs covered the event from every possible perspective. Once again, Apple managed to capture countless people’s attention with their newest product.
This year there were two iPhones announced, the iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 6 Plus. The biggest part of the announcement (both literally and figuratively) were the new screen sizes. Apple has gone away from the small 4 inch screen of the 5 and 5S, to a 4.7 inch screen in the 6, and an eye-opening 5.5 inch screen in the 6 Plus.
For years Apple has preached about how inconvenient and unnatural the large screens of most Android competitor phones are. Now, they are following in the footsteps of the likes of Samsung, LG, and HTC. The market has changed since Apple started making their most popular product, and now they are evolving with it.
As a long time Android phone owner, (currently with a Nexus 5) I’ve gone from envying iPhone owners back in 2010, to being glad I don’t own one now. The lineup of current Android flagships appeals to me more than a comparable iPhone. I like the larger screen, and the Google operating system has much more to offer than iOS in my eyes. Anybody is welcome to disagree with me about this topic because there is no one phone out there that is right for everybody.
Apple has seen that there are a large amount of people that agree with me though, because they’re losing market share to phones with larger screens, and more complex operating systems.
Samsung, and their series of Galaxy phones have crept up and now own a significant portion of the market. They offer features that just aren’t found on the iPhone 5S, such as NFC (Near Field Communications), higher resolution/larger screens, and many personalization options.
With the new iPhone, that changes. The features that used to be unique to Android phones will now be found on the iPhone.
Apple has one of the most loyal fan bases in the world. Nothing in this announcement should cause too much worry for them, because those who like the iPhone 5S now will most likely come to like the 6 as well. However, Apple’s mantra of “revolutionary” products is slowly being put to rest. Apple is becoming reactionary rather than revolutionary as the iPhone line continues.
Android manufacturers have evolved and made products that offer things iOS doesn’t. I do praise Apple though, for taking a chance on a larger device, because no matter how loyal their customers are, they could undoubtedly lose sales over this change. At the same time though, people that never considered an iPhone before could decide that they offer a better experience than the best Android phones out there.
I like the new iPhone, and I think they have a definite winner in their hands. It offers a much more feature rich experience than previous Apple devices with the addition of iOS 8. Despite what Apple has laid out though, I will still be using an Android phone this fall.
The iPhone is still playing catch-up to the competition and until they come out with a product that is revolutionary again, I will stick with what I believe is the better phone for me.