iPhone or bust?

By Katie Ralbusky, Online Editor

Recently Apple has announced the release of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and the iWatch. Big news that has recently soured thanks to the problems with the regular iPhone updates that affected numerous consumers. But could they turn this around and what does all of this really mean for us?

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sport bigger screens, better wireless connection, and the new NFC development. According to the website apple.com,

“We completely rethought how you pay to make shopping easy, secure, and private. Apple Pay combines the convenience and security of Touch ID and Passbook with NFC technology. So you can use iPhone 6 to pay in stores and within apps with a single touch.” NFC stands for Near-Field Communication.

Basically you point and click on items in stores you wish to purchase of within apps.

Only a few days ago the iOS 8.0.1 hit iPhones across the nation. According to the website Dan Graziano of cnet.com, “The iOS 8.0.1 update, however, appeared to do more harm than good for some users. Numerous iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners complained that they were no longer able to make calls, send texts, or use Touch ID after updating their devices.”

So what exactly does this spell for the Apple Company after they did try to remedy the situation by releasing another update to fix the first ones problems?

I asked various people their thoughts on the situation. Student Jacob Flately stated, “I would probably not trade in my current phone for the new iPhone or iWatch. It seems to me that Apple is behind the times because watches being synced with your phone have already been out. Also Apple is trying to catch up on phone size with the Galaxy and my windows phone have the largest screens in the industry. I think Apple finally realized that people are getting into bigger phones so they finally came out with a bigger one, copying other phone companies. I love my Windows phone I have currently, the Nokia Lumia 1520, and that being said I used to own an iPhone. I didn’t really like the apple product.”

Meanwhile, David Thomas said, “I am one of those rare dinosaurs who does not have even a basic cell-phone, and I hope never to own one–much less something newly advanced.  I would have nothing to trade in.”

I own an older version of the iPhone myself. I’ve also owned Samsung’s in the past. Personally I like the Apple phone better, though not necessarily all of the updates they install. I cannot stand how they redid the photo settings.

I’ve never seen the ‘smart watches’ do good in any market. And as for the new iPhones, well people are buying them. More than one person I talked to mentioned how they were going to trade their own iPhones in for a newer model.

It is up to you whether you choose to stay true to Apple, update your phone, or stick with the brand you prefer and keep your own phone. I look forward to the improvements but am willing to stand back and see how all of this progress plays out.