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Shoppers in Cielo Vista Mall, at 8401 Gateway Blvd W, browse through Apple's newest iPhones, iWatches, iPads, Macs and accessories.
On Sept. 12, Apple had their annual “Apple Special Event” in which they revealed that they are releasing not only the iPhone 8 (and 8 Plus) but also the iPhone X (iPhone 10).
As per usual, students are all over the spectrum about the recent news.
On one side, we have Lauren Mendoza, “I have the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is just an updated version of the 7.
iPhone X is a bunch of new bells and whistles that could come in handy but aren’t completely necessary for it being such a big upgrade.”
Then, we have students such as Isaiah Barriga, “I have the Galaxy S6. I don’t have a reaction, I didn’t even know there was an iPhone X and I’m fine with what I have.”
Students like Donnie Dorado think "it’s pretty cool that technology is getting more advanced but it’ll also be the death of us all.”
In general, there are people who are interested in the new phones but the question is: Are they interested enough to buy them?
In the recent years with each new Apple release, the number one question in buyer’s mouths is how much.
According to Apple, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be available on Sept. 22, with the iPhone 8 starting at $699 and iPhone 8 Plus at $799.
The iPhone X will be available for pre-order Oct. 27 and officially available Nov. 3 beginning at $999.
So, with these prices, are people willing to buy it?
“No, I won’t because I’ve had a better experience with Android,” Gabriella Naime said.
Joaquin Castañeda says, “I have always loved how the iPhones have looked and I could honestly care less about all the cool things it can do but no, I would not buy them, $1,000? No, thank you. That price is ridiculous.”
At the end of the day, Apple has people interested but the majority of people think they are asking too much money for them.
“I can barely afford the phone I have,” Dorado said.
With every release, Apple also introduces their newest features and what seems to get everyone’s attention is the facial recognition or as Apple calls it “Face ID.”
According to the Apple website, “It projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face.”
Even though the facial recognition seems interesting, are students buying it?
Some don’t seem too interested.For me it’s pointless.
All I need is a passcode for someone to access my phone.
I don’t need to scan my face just to look at Facebook or to make a simple text,” Fernanda Antoine said. “Kind of useless?"
Also, windows beat them to it. My laptop already does that, so it’s nothing new,” Dorado, said.
Some are even questioning the whole concept of it all, “The growth of technology has been an exciting phenomenon to keep up with. However, it makes me curious as to what they’re doing with all this collected data,” Naime said.
Some students would rather have something completely different, “If they put back the headphone jack then maybe I’ll consider it #BringBackTheHeadphoneJack,” Castañeda said.
In the end, students seem to like the idea of a new phone but aren't willing to buy it if it’s going to affect their savings heavily.
Students would rather stay with their current phone as long as it does what it’s supposed to before getting an expensive one with one or two new features.