The Release Of The iPhone 11

In September of 2019, Apple released the iPhone 11 to the public. At $700 to $850 the iPhone 11, like its predecessors is highly expensive. Yet, what if I were to tell you that this price is very inflated and that frankly, it’s not really worth it to buy any new phones, even after they’ve been released for long periods of time. 

For example look at your phone right now. It seems odd but then look at a nearby person’s phone. Do you see anything different or similar? Almost immediately you can tell that the outer part of your phone and the other person’s phone is different. They might have a different colored casing, you might have a smaller sized phone, they might have artwork on theirs, etc. But in the end those outer features are personal changes. Depending on the age or model your phone and your partner’s may have some different settings. Once this experiment has been completed you and your partner have found out that despite some different brand names, ages, and sizes your phones, especially the design and settings, are fairly similar. 

That may cause you to wonder: why are everybody’s phones so similar despite there being different brands and models? When multiple companies work on the same products, the end results may possess common traits. This occurred with the large companies that specialize in phone production. They are Samsung and Apple. These two major phone producing companies have come together on the designs of the next phones. Due to this the only thing that’s changed is the increases in internals such as a longer battery life and higher video quality. This is what we’ve seen in Apple’s iPhone 11. But on the outside, the iPhone 11 has the same design features as the iPhone 10, 9 or any other phone that came before them. For the twelve years of its existence, the phone has stayed the exact same in it’s designal features.    

 Now how can the phone, such and important piece of human life and engineering be the same as it was twelve years ago, and still be sold for hundreds of dollars without people reconsidering? The first is a situation that has been seen before: monopolization. Apple and Samsung have become monopolies. They can control the phone’s design to their wants and needs. And Samsung and Apple have decided on keeping the phone as it’s rectangular, aluminium version of design. Both companies have seen success off of this decision as Samsung and Apple have earned lots of money off of their phones.. Samsung is worth over 220 billion dollars while Apple is worth around 1 trillion dollars. The second answer to our question is that the phone’s design doesn’t need to change. The average person from China to the United States, that regularly uses and buys phones only cares about the contents: longer battery, more data and new activities that they can do on their new phones. 

The sign of importance on new technology with phones has already begun with the debate on 5G. As you might know, many people have voiced their concerns on the idea that 5G internet is dangerous to your health. This is why I believe this concept of not changing the iPhone’s design is important. 

 When new phones are released, the companies will show advertisements to spread a mostly false excitement around in order to build up the popularity of their new product. The ad’s are only there to show off the neat accessories the iPhone 11 has: a dual-camera system, a fast microchip, and an all-day battery life. 

Now with the release of the iPhone 11 it seems as if this secret rule will be enforced and most likely when phones such as the iPhone 12 and 13 appear, they will turn out the same way: rectangular, flat screened, and made of aluminum with only the insides improved. The only question now is when the phone companies will run out of improvements to add to their new phones. Once that happens perhaps only then will the phone’s design change. 

I believe that new phones such as the iPhone 11 aren’t worth it to buy. Instead if you need a new phone, an iPhone 7 or 8 would be just as functional as a newer one such as the iPhone 11. But perhaps you do want to get one, they do look appeasing and maybe they might be worth it. 

When phones sophisticate themselves and their rectangular design and aluminum composure changes I would like to get my hands on them. These new age phones will be a leap in technology just as the computer went from being stuck in one place to being portable. Such designs such as, square phones that can be unfolded to form a tablet or a laptop, transferable/rentable phones and phones that can automatically clean themselves and will attack any dangerous materials on the screen are just some of the dozens or maybe even hundreds of ideas for the phone of the future. People who understand the phone’s situation right now want creativity in their phones. This lack of creativity has already led to malfunctions in phones such as Samsung’s infamous exploding phone, the Galaxy Note 7. Although the upgrades do sound good, they are only contemporaries for covering up the design flaws phones have. After reading this article I hope I have changed your idea on your beloved phones and how they need to change. I also hope that you understand what is happening in the world of the phone and like I, support the idea of the changing of the phone’s design. So next time you wander into your nearest phone shop to buy a new phone I ask you to ponder on the words I’ve said and how they may affect your decision.