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One Month Later: Is the New iPhone Anything Special?

Apple fans waited in line for the release of the iPhone 5 on Friday, Sept. 21st.

On a gloomy Friday morning in Chicago, a line formed on Michigan Avenue. Was it protesters? Shopaholics? Nope, it was just diehard fans, sitting on fold out chairs with their iPads as they wait outside the Apple store for the new iPhone 5.

That was the scene on Michigan Avenue one month ago on September 21st, when yhe iPhone 5 released.

Now that some time has passed, I asked ten Loyola students, “Do you think the iPhone 5 is worth the upgrade?”

The majority of students believe that the iPhone 5 is not as innovative as originally advertised.

“The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone” is the new iPhone 5’s motto. Apple presents their new product with an “all-new” design,” “ultrafast” wireless, and a “powerful” data chip according to the company’s website.

“I don’t want to purchase it at all,” said Jessi Rhyan, 20, “I feel that from iPhone to iPhone, they’re not different enough to what I want now.”

One feature of the new iPhone is the 4G LTE connectivity, which is able to create an even faster data network. But faster data might lead to a higher wireless bill. LTE plans are not as pricey as 3G data plans. The issue is that the new iPhone 5 tends to rely more on LTE connection than slow public Wi-Fi networks.

Miranda Taieber, 21, said, “I have the 4S so it’s already pretty fast and I would rather not pay more per month just to have still fast internet other than super fast even if I don’t know what the difference would be.”

Another popular detail is the iPhone 5’s 4-inch display. This feature includes a larger screen that allows another row of icons. Less glass has also been added to avoid shattered screens.

“Bigger screen? I mean, really? People just want the newest iPhone because it’s the iPhone,” said Anna Goluza, a sophomore.

One weakness of the iPhone 5 is that many of its new features can be done on previous iPhones. Older iPhones are still able to receive the iOS 6, Apple’s newest operating system with over 200 new features. It’s a free download, too.

“A lot of it could be done on the iPhone 4,” answered, Alexia Piesiotis, a junior. “I’d probably wait for about six months just to see the ratings and see how people like it.”

Apple’s new smartphone already broke the company’s sale records with over two million pre-orders. The iPhone 5 has made over five million sales during the first week of sales.

“I wouldn’t get the iPhone to begin with. I would rather get the Samsung,” said Tim Sidiropoulos, 20. “Because everyone has the iPhone obviously and I want to be as unique as possible.”

Even if Apple already has its fifth iPhone, the company is still in competition. There are other phones with larger screens and more software benefits. The Android has some advantages over Apple’s iPhone such as their data management and voice recognition.

You probably will not see many students joining in on the iPhone 5 mania anytime soon.

Taieber added, holding her iPhone 4S, “I’m not going to stay in line on Friday to wait for the iPhone 5 like a lot of people are because I just got this one and I like it even if it’s short and stubby.”

Photo by: Stacie Scott (Sun-Times Media)/Creative Commons


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