iPhone: status symbol or mere gadget?

POV – Ayie Licsi – The Filipino star

September 14, 2022 | 00:00

When the iPhone 14 launched, social media was ignited with people wanting to get their hands on the new device. Everyone is excited about the iPhone; well, except for those who hate Apple.

Scrolling through social media will show you the different sentiments people have towards the gadget. Some plan to sell their organs to afford it, while others laugh at the “social climbers” who aspire to have it in their pocket.

The iPhone is basically like a celebrity with hardcore fans and even more hardcore haters. What is most controversial about the smartphone is its high price. The base model of the new iPhone 14 Pro starts at P70,990 – almost as expensive as a laptop.

A study by Picodi.com found that an average Filipino needs to work 90.9 days to afford the iPhone 14 Pro and that’s if every penny of his P16,401 salary is saved for purchase . If you take into account their bills, food and other daily expenses, the working days will definitely be longer.

Pay the Apple Price

In 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s products were expensive because it didn’t want to sacrifice quality for price.

And because it’s expensive, the device is seen as a status symbol and more than just a gimmick. People want technology that has an Apple logo on the back, and they’re willing to pay “Apple tax” for it.

For the uninitiated, Apple Tax is a slang term referring to the extra money a person pays when buying an Apple product. Since 2020, the tech giant has stopped including chargers with every new iPhone, forcing new users to buy a cable and power supply in addition to spending on a new smartphone.

The iPhone is in an interesting position as people treat it as a status symbol due to its high price and demand. A person who can afford it must probably be rich. Android smartphone brands like Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Oppo, realme and many more certainly don’t get the same treatment, so maybe it’s time to stop putting Apple and its gadgets on a pedestal.

The Apple phone is only a status symbol because people make it one, and so are designer clothes. It performs just as well as other smartphones on the market, and some would argue that Android phones are even better.

It’s not something worth risking your finances for if you can’t afford it. As much as we like to joke about selling our kidneys, it’s not wise to take out a loan or get a postpaid plan if it’s going to make a big dent in your daily expenses.

Ultimately, it’s a smartphone designed to be used by you. After a month, the mystique of having a new gadget wears off and you’ll just see that phone in your hand for what it is – a phone.

In reality, a gadget like this is supposed to serve you for three to five years or more, but as soon as Apple hosts its annual iPhone event, you’ll want more, never satisfied with what you’ve got. – philstarlife

James V. Hayes