Monday, 18 May 2015

The Unwelcomed iPhone 6S

It is with a sad face that I declare it is virtually certain I will be getting myself a brand new iPhone 6 Plus S (or would it be the iPhone 6S Plus?) when it comes out, probably around September/October.
Sad, because I was hoping to get another year out of my otherwise very fine iPhone 5 (that is, until Apple deliberately butchered it through iOS release 8.2 a few months back). Sad, because the benefits I would gain out of an “S” model are marginal in comparison to the benefits that come with a complete model redesign (note how last year’s 5S looked archeological the second the 6 came out). Sad, because I was hoping my next iPhone – with which I am planning to spend some three years – would enjoy the benefits of a software based home button (saving space) and a USB C connector to replace the current Lightning one (in the name of universality). But I know such changes cannot come on an "S" release.
As sad as it is, such a replacement is investable given that I consider it important to have my smartphone running the latest and greatest. That’s pretty much a must for anyone aware of security concerns; anything else runs on full of publicly known vulnerabilities, which are basically a time bomb waiting for a slimy nosed hacker with a quest for notoriety.
Alas, my iPhone 5 is now dying unexpectedly when the battery reaches 30%. Headphone performance is also suffering, with distorted sound when the battery is on its low half despite me using very mobile phone friendly, easy to drive, headphones (Sennheiser Momentum On Ear, if you have to ask).

Since I mentioned an expected three year lifespan out of my future iPhone 6S Plus, the way my previous iPhones survived, I will add that with the bigger screen size come higher probabilities of screen malfunctions/breakups. So will it last three years?
Check this blog in three years time to find out!


Image by Martin Hajek, Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence

1 comment:

Clara Brooks said...

It’s too bad what happened to your phone. And I can understand your sentiment about waiting for new tech advances before upgrading phones. I myself skip a generation or two of phones, especially if it seems like a rehash of the previous one, with only some minor upgrades and aesthetic changes. As for the larger screen, it can be cumbersome to use with only one hand, so it might take a bit of getting used to. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter. Good luck with the upgrade!

Clara Brooks @ Telco World