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The iPhone doesn’t fall far from the tree

Sean Huxley // 15th January 2018
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The iPhone – the beautiful apple tree from the garden of Eden. For many years none could compare; it existed in a league of its own. But lately I’ve noticed the beautiful apple tree we’ve adored for so many years has begun to rot.

With Apple recently admitting that its software slows your iPhone down as the battery gets older, the apple isn’t as sweet as it once was. Perhaps there is another tree, bearing a far tastier fruit, just over the hill.

2009 was the year I got my first iPhone.

This phone quite literally changed the world. It changed the way we communicated with one another, it created fandom and unrivalled customer loyalty to a company. I remember opening the box to a sleek new device. Wrapping my head around everything I could do on this new phone was a once in a life-time experience. A phone, an iPod, the internet and a camera – all in one. I was hooked. I marvelled for quite some time at how easy It was to send emails from my phone.

The general consensus was simple –
“all hail Apple”
“all hail Steve Jobs”.

It wasn’t long before just about everyone was getting an iPhone. The iPhone could do what other phones could not.

We trusted Apple. We trusted the iPhone.

But over time, I started to get suspicious of my iPhone. There were too many cracked screens that rendered the phone unusable. The inability to take a photo due to lack of storage frustrated me. The battery came to a halt after a couple of years.

As time passed, the iPhone’s flaws were being revealed.

I decided I needed some stability in my life. Multiple iPhones that were no longer operational left me searching for something new. I had heard rumours of a new phone in a not too distant galaxy that was said to offer the reliability I was searching for.

So, I did it. I switched to the Samsung Galaxy.

The video below released by Samsung perfectly sums up my feelings towards making the controversial phone switch.

 

Recently, my concerns were cemented. It was discovered by Reddit members and confirmed by Apple: as their batteries age, Apple’s software slows them down. A sneaky little way to convince users to buy a new one.

In Apples defence, they were taking some precautions in making the updated software capable of managing old batteries, as lithium batteries can often act unpredictably as they age.

Can you imagine if the oil light in your car never came on when you were running low on oil? You just continued to drive your car until it no longer ran. The solution is to buy a new car. You have no idea that your car just needed some more oil.

Well, Apple. That is what this feels like.

There was no warning to inform me to replace the battery. It just died.

The Washington Post reports that people are calling for laws to ensure consumers have a legal “right to repair” their own electronics. These laws would ensure repair manuals for devices are made available to the public.

One of the companies who has lobbied against such laws?

You guessed it – Apple.

I will always have fond memories of you Apple. But in a galaxy far, far away, there is a new waterproof, edge design smartphone (with a headphone jack) and MicroSD slot that calls for me.

For now, the Samsung Galaxy is where I belong.

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