Bendable Values


When Apple was originally founded, it was widely recognized for the quality and uniqueness of its products. Today, however, this might no longer be so. Just about everyone has or has had the company’s popular cellular phone, iPhone. In 2014, the newest iPhone was released, the iPhone 6. This product came with Apple’s largest touch screen and the thinnest phone the company has ever manufactured. Despite its advances, this phone is associated by many with its one unintended characteristic: It easily bends and has other software bugs for which the company does not take responsibility despite the fact that such problems have even been announced on the news.

When the problem of the bending iPhone was first announced, iPhone’s expected sales shrank. This issue was addressed by the company in the form of a recall. However, now that this glitch is out of the news headlines, it is likely that one will either pay hundreds of dollars for a new one or be stuck with a “bendable regret.” The phone’s cheap bendable frame is not the only design flaw. The rounded, raised edges of the phone paired alone with its low grade screen (Apple had once stated it was using military-grade glass but then revoked their decision to save cost ) make it extremely prone to shattering. Because the phone’s screen is not a flat surface, it is less likely to stay in one piece when the iphone6’s screen shatters, thus making it common to have large chunks of glass missing from this “not so smart” smartphone. Unlike the bendable unibody, the broken glass can be replaced but at a cost of $100 to the owner. The camera on the phone, however, is spectacular. The camera has a 10 megapixel lens and is covered by a layer of durable glass (unlike the touch screen) for added protection it would have been more favorable to the consumer to see more advances within the entire the device.

Along with the phone’s physical state, its internal software has also proven to be a problem among users. Not long ago Apple released its IOS7 software that completely changed the resolution and feel of the display. This was a huge turnoff to many users because it almost mocks Droid’s platform. Apple has since released IOS8 which is now standard on all new iPhone6s. This software was designed to fix the problems pertaining to the previous IOS7, but it managed to worsen the situation. The phone’s displays now almost exactly mimic those of its competitor, Samsung. Along with this new software are more forced apps which mean that they cannot be deleted even if one wants to. Because some of the apps require location and data, the new iPhone will use a sizable amount of the user’s data allowance simply by being powered on.

The mail application is one of the most popular applications among users. It allows one to place different inboxes into one location to keep organized. The idea is amazing and when working properly can ease the life of its busy users. The problem with this application is that once deleted emails reappear. The user can delete them, and they will show as deleted. However, once the user closes the app and then reopens it, they will all reappear. The not-so-helpful people at the Apple store tell the users that it just happens and they must deal with it. Apple’s new phone might have been a good idea in theory; however, the company’s production of the device was subpar, to say the least. It is no surprise that more people own Samsung smartphones than iPhones for the first time since the phone’s release in 2007.

-Vincent Walker