Recently, rumors have emerged mentioning possible specs and release dates for the new iPhone, likely to be named “The iPhone 6s.” This news comes a few months after the Samsung Galaxy 6 and 6 Edge were officially put out for sale. Amid this sea of “new’ mobile phones deemed smart were models from Microsoft, Nokia, Amazon, and Oppo. Today, I am not writing to give my opinion of my latest phone or provide you with likely false assumptions on what the new iPhone will look like, but to present a teenager’s honest view of smartphones, since large companies always seem to be interested in discovering what teens think of their products.
To begin, I would like to explain why I put the word “new” in quotations in my third sentence. I do this because it annoys me very much when a company like Apple comes along with a shiny phone with a screen that is slightly larger than its predecessor’s and says that it is “A new, innovative piece of technological art that will change the world with its 8-megapixel camera.” We understand that it was constructed this year, but that doesn’t mean you can tell everyone that it is completely new when the most significant change took place when you increased the price. If you want to receive our respect and consequently receive our money, you should consider investing some money in actual research&development. It’s not like you don’t have the funds to do so, anyway…
The next point I would like to address is the fact that us teenagers are gradually beginning to decrease the time we spend using our smartphones. In fact, there are only around five uses for these overpriced touchscreens that you can talk to. These include:
- Checking our Instagram or Twitter feeds (No, none of us use Facebook).
- Using Google to find the definition of words we don’t understand and to locate the nearest Chipotle.
- Showing our friends Youtube videos we think are funny.
- Documenting all of our actions on Snapchat.
- Downloading apps that seem fun until you actually open them.
Sorry to break it to you Google, but we don’t use Google+ or Gmail anymore.
On behalf of all teenagers, I am going to send a message to phone makers:
The smartphone craze is nearing an end. We are not interested in buying any more phones or tablets alike, no matter how large their screens are or how quickly their processors operate. All we want is a practical device that allows us to take pictures, play games, and text. The only time when buying a new phone seems reasonable anymore is when the screen on our old one breaks or when it stops working properly. Based on the attitudes and thoughts of my peers, which closely resemble mine, I am going to make the assumption that iPhone, Galaxy, and all other smartphone sales are going to begin to decline soon. One day, the masses are going to realize that a phone with a touchscreen and a decent camera shouldn’t cost over five hundred dollars.
I strongly advise tech companies and phone makers alike to start exploring and manufacturing new technology–And no, Apple, by new I don’t mean ios9 or iPhone 7– that is practical, interesting, and simple. It’s really that easy. The time is ripe for a completely new product that differs from what we currently have in a good way.