Apple are releasing a new phone guaranteed to always be in people’s hands: the iphone SX Max.
Why will they always look at it? Because it won’t fit in anyone’s purse, never mind a pocket. “XS” usually means “extra small”, but apple decided that the name of a seven inch long phone should be “XS”. And the cult members will buy it, because they’re told to. The piece of crap will cost up to US$1500. I’ll bet when 5G networks are the standard, the 5G iphone will cost 5G, i.e. US$5000.
In January 2019, Taiwan is switching off all 2G, 3G and 3.5G phone service except for emergency numbers. People will have no choice but to buy new 4G phones to have any functionality. The only 4G phones on the market here are overpriced smart phones, the cheapest of which is a three year old phone for NT$7500 (US$244), many newer ones running NT$12000-15000 for Taiwanese brands (Acer, ASUS) and more for others. Good luck to the poor affording that when minimum wage is NT$22000/month.
This isn’t “planned obsolescence”, it’s enforced obsequiousness. People are being forced to buy new phones for the benefit and profit of corporations. Unlike landlines and grandfathering, service will be denied to those who can’t afford to pay. And that’s before we address the environmental waste of enforced consumption, millions of still functioning phones being thrown away.
There are several 4G feature phones (aka dumb phones) and a smartphone on the market in other countries, but none are for sale here. I’m sick of smart phones, I want something small that makes and takes both calls and messages, even if it means living with a two inch screen. My current “smart phone” is dying after less than two years’ use, and I don’t abuse my phones.