Only a fool would pay a grand for a phone
Here we go again. Apple is about to release yet another upgrade to the iphone – to howls of delight from slavering fanboys and indifferent yawns from anyone who has a lick of sense.
Every year, Apple comes up with a couple of minor tweaks – a slightly larger screen, a slightly better camera – and removes something that people found useful, such as the headphone jack or Home button. It then uses these “groundbreaking” improvements to justify whacking up the price of its already ridiculously expensive phone even further. This year, Apple obviously thought it might as well round up the price to a nice even grand (well, £999 – so not far off) and then sit back and watch the orders flood in.
Sadly, this is exactly what will happen because there are plenty of fools out there who will eagerly part with their money just to have what they believe to be the latest cutting-edge technology. But who exactly are they trying to impress? Each other? Their work colleagues who have lesser but perfectly useable phones, for which they paid a fifth of the price? People who could put £1,000 to much better use than purchasing a flashy gadget, such as spending it on food, clothes and heating?
Of course, it’s completely up to the individuals if they want to waste their money on an iphone X. I just wonder if they really, truly believe it’s worth the investment? After all, this time next year, Apple will bring out the iphone XI, or 11, for £1,100, and the current phone will be rendered out of date and unfashionable. Why bother?
Personally, I’ll stick with my Moto G4, which may not be top of the range but serves me perfectly well for browsing, streaming and – oh yes – making phone calls. Joel Nicholls, via email