If you want to buy an iPhone, you are usually faced with three choices:
- What screen size do you want?
- How much on-board storage do you need?
- Which color option is your favorite?
And that’s all you need.
IPhone owners often take criticism for this from non-Apple users, and they are portrayed as “attention seekers” or “poseurs” who use the smartphone as a fashion accessory.
This was undoubtedly the case last week when Apple launched its IPhone 12 purple in South Africa, the only novelty being the color of his body.
The fact that choosing which iPhone color you want is one of the hardest decisions when buying the device is not a downside though.
It shows that Apple has done something that many tech companies can’t: get people to trust them.
iOS vs. Android
Apple has built trust among its iPhone user base by providing them with high quality devices that perform well.
No matter which iPhone you buy, there is never any concern that it isn’t “powerful” enough to run applications or whether or not it will receive software updates after a year or two of. possession.
Granted, even an entry-level iPhone is more expensive than competing Android smartphones, but that price difference gives you peace of mind.
Apple has a huge advantage because they have full control. Apple builds both the iPhone hardware and controls the iOS operating system. This allows the company to deliver an incredibly smooth user experience and excellent user support.
A good example of this is when you look at device compatibility at the operating system level.
Apple iOS 14, the latest version of the software, supports devices up to the iPhone 6s – a smartphone launched in September 2015.
Full software support for an almost six-year-old smartphone is almost unheard of – especially when you consider competitors from Apple, Samsung and Huawei, and their relationship to Android.
Android smartphone users are often left hanging in the air when a new version of Android is released, thanks to their device manufacturer.
The problem is so widespread that Google, the main developer of Android, has launched the Android One program.
Android One’s goal is to ensure that smartphones participating in the program “receive at least two years operating system updates ”.
Apple is also broadcasting its iOS updates to iPhones around the world in waves – and when the update is released, you receive it.
The same is not true for Android smartphones, especially in South Africa, because both phone manufacturer and your mobile network – Vodacom, MTN, etc. – must coordinate to provide the latest version of the operating system.
This has caused delays for Samsung devices in the past.
With Huawei, the situation is much worse.
Following political feuds between the United States and China, Huawei has been barred from using Google’s mobile services.
While Huawei smartphones can still use Android – since Android is based on Linux, which is open source – the “Android” that everyone knows and uses on their phones contains Google Mobile Services.
Google mobile services are a collection of apps and APIs that give you access to Google services like Google Maps and Gmail, and your third-party apps are designed to work within this ecosystem.
Without access to Google Mobile services, Huawei was forced to develop its own application store and Huawei mobile services. Huawei is also developing its own mobile operating system for new smartphones.
It just works
IPhone provides a smooth user experience no matter which model you buy, for two reasons.
First, Apple builds both the hardware and the software for the iPhone. This means that he can create the hardware and the software to work exceptionally well with each other at all times.
Second, Apple uses powerful components and high quality materials throughout the device.
This means you know you’re getting a premium smartphone every time and iPhone users don’t care about their smartphone’s tech specs.
An example of this is that Apple often doesn’t detail how much RAM their iPhones have, or how big their batteries are – in mAh.
This information is only available after the latest iPhone has gone on sale, and it has been ripped apart by tech reviews.
Conversely, Samsung and Huawei go to great lengths to detail the hardware installed in their phones.
Huawei and Samsung both sell a wide range of smartphones, from entry-level to high-end flagship, which means that the list of specs is necessary to ensure that users know which phones in a range are. the best – and whether Samsung’s phones are better than Huawei’s, and vice versa.
Ultimately, that means iPhone customers just have to decide what color they want to use their new phone in and what screen size they need.
It may appear to show a lack of “technical” knowledge, but it is in fact the opposite.
The technical fundamentals of both hardware and software have been covered by Apple, and users trust them to achieve it.
For Android users, color is at the bottom of the priority list – as they first need to check if their phone has powerful enough components, find out what software it’s running, and see if they will receive any updates from the device. operating system in the future.
This is an opinion piece.