It would appear the main attraction of the super-modern iPads and iPhones is exactly that – their space age-ness.
Are we just in love with the glamour of these trendy devices, or are they really useful, user-friendly and, well, necessary? Maybe it’s not about being useful at all, maybe it’s about how clever we can be, and how much cash we can make. Statistics illustrate that Apple, the creators of said devices, sold a record 37 million iPhones and 15 million iPads globally during the last quarter of 2011. Apple Mac sales have also recently increased by a whopping 26 percent, and word on the street is that the new iPad 3 will be launched this month in the U.S. and 12 other countries. (As usual we don’t know when it may be available in South Africa yet.)
These titbits of information show us that yes, we like these devices at the moment. We like Apple. But why?
After chatting to a few ‘iUsers’, it seems what we are loving about the iPad is that it is light and small with great image quality, it has the very latest technology i.e. different applications. It is easy to use, portable and has long-lasting battery power. What we don’t like is that it’s expensive to purchase (in the region of R 8000 – more than many people’s salaries!) as well as to update your apps. Its fantastic features and games also distract one from work, chores and other everyday tasks!
What we are loving about the iPhone is again its incredible image quality and its built-in features, as well as its excellent camera. What we are not loving is its complicated settings – very Apple – and again its rather high cost to purchase and maintain. Conclusion: for the most part we are loving the modern technology, not the price tag!
If looking to buy, the question to ask yourself is if these products make your day easier and more productive, or are they just another technological gadget that gets in the way of what you should really be doing.
So what do people mainly do with these devices – Facebook, Twitter, games, email, calls, videos and photos? Perhaps they are 99 percent recreational. Do we absolutely have to spend the eight thousand bucks on one item, or can we make do with our existing laptops, Nokia phones and Cannon cameras? Then again, perhaps the Apple’s ‘i’ invention is a step towards the future and we shouldn’t be so conservative.
If these devices are already allowing us to do things like improve website design, keep doctors both mobile and connected and letting parents tap into their home cameras to make sure the kids are ok, perhaps laptop is more likely the one on the way out.
One could suggest that once the retail value of these devices is more accessible to the everyday guy and gal, iPhone and iPad will be an essential part of most households and businesses. The trend could also die out – the world got itself into quite a froth when the iPod was launched, now you hardly hear the word said out loud.
Let’s wait and see…perhaps something brand spanking new is secretly being developed to blow the iGeneration out of the water…