Why bother with the new Iphone?


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   Something I never understood is why people insist on getting the newest version of everything, even if there is no difference. Every company does it, they make it seem like last years model is insignificant and the new model is a must have. Apple has seemed to master this technique with their new Iphone 5. The new Iphone is slightly thinner, and slightly faster and has a slightly bigger screen. All of these changes are so slight, that people cant actually tell the difference. Check out this clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live where he fools people that an Iphone 4s is an Iphone 5 Jimmy Kimmel Live. In this video the people are convinced that the Iphone 4s they are holding is actually the Iphone 5.This Article explains why some people crave the newest technologies. These people, that constantly yearn for the newest and best technologies are called neophiliacs. These people are never content with what they have and are constantly searching for the newest piece of technology to give them excitement. Apple has control over the minds of all the neophiliacs and more and more of us are becoming one.

   I feel as though this all started back in the 50's with the sense of "Keeping up with the Jones'" where we will buy the newest and best thing, for no practical reason, other than the fact that it is new. We all fall victim to this, we just bought a new Iphone and are really excited, only to find out that next month there is an Iphone 5 or 6 or 7 that just makes our technology seem obsolete. The new Iphone still doesn't have many of the features that similar smart phones like androids have. Shortfalls of the Iphone. Apple has turned all of us into neophiliacs, and I wonder if that will ever change. 

  I feel as though this will never change though, because if it does Apple will go out of business. No one will get the new Iphone if they realize it's the same as the one they have. However we are reaching an end, there is only so much Apple can do to improve on its Iphone, so when they can no longer improve, they will simply go out of business. You be the judge, can you tell the difference? If so, is the difference worth at a minimum 200$?

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I completley agree with this article. I myself have the iphone 4s and i just got it in the this past june.I beleive that people like to have the newest things such as the iphone5 so they can feel superior to other people. htey will seem richer and more up to date with the newset phone. Yesterday there was a new update for the the iphone4s and it gave many of the same features that the new iphone5 has. Basically if you allready had the 4s then you can just get your free update and have the same features as the the new iphone.
However i do belive the iphone is better than tthe iphone for many reasons, one The android was created a a replica of the iphone and after the iphone has something then the the android will get.Second, becasue the apple company is so large there are many products that are compatiable with the iphone such as the macbook, ipad,itv and many more.

I completley agree with this article. I myself have the iphone 4s and i just got it in the this past june.I beleive that people like to have the newest things such as the iphone5 so they can feel superior to other people. htey will seem richer and more up to date with the newset phone. Yesterday there was a new update for the the iphone4s and it gave many of the same features that the new iphone5 has. Basically if you allready had the 4s then you can just get your free update and have the same features as the the new iphone.
However i do belive the iphone is better than tthe iphone for many reasons, one The android was created a a replica of the iphone and after the iphone has something then the the android will get.Second, becasue the apple company is so large there are many products that are compatiable with the iphone such as the macbook, ipad,itv and many more.

I found your post so interesting! I myself have the iPhone 4, and I really don't see why there is so much hype over the iPhone 5. How fast and slim do our phones really need to be?? I've never heard of the term neophiliacs before but it makes perfect sense, theres no real reason why people need the absolute newest and best phone, yet why buy them anyways! Also, your right by saying this isn't only exclusive to the iPhone. I've actually heard of the "keeping up with the Joneses" concept, and it seems like for many Americans they will buy just about anything as long as its marketed as the newest and best!

Apple does this all the time with anything they come out with. The newest thing is supposedly always a million times better than what came out a year or so ago. The "keeping up with the Joneses" concept is just majority of American's mentality. I found the Jimmy Kimmel experiment hysterical with everyone saying the "iPhone 5" was so much more faster, and lighter than the 4S even though the latter is what they were testing out.

I feel as though I may have been a little biased reading this post - I woke up at 4 am last week to pre-order the new iPhone 5. I am a complete "neophiliac." However, I think I'm smart about it. Companies like Apple may make people think that each new thing they develop is significantly better and different, and obviously this isn't true, but sometimes it is. I have a system when it comes to Apple. I bought a MacBook pro when they were first becoming popular, but when everyone else was buying the "newest and best" versions for college, I did not. Instead, I waited. I did the same thing with the iPhone 4. Maybe there wasn't a big difference between the iPhone 4 and 4s, but the 5 is (in my opinion) definitely newer and better, not just in physical appearance but in the operating system too, as is my new MacBook AIr. I was confident buying these things because I pretty confident that there won't be another huge change within these devices until I'm looking to buy a new one in a few years. The key is don't let Apple fool you: not every change is a big one, but would you really want to be the only one with an iPhone 3S when the iPhone 4 came out? It may just be me, but I know I wouldn't. Be patient, read Apple products blogs, and wait for the right time to buy!

Apple does this all the time with anything they come out with. The newest thing is supposedly always a million times better than what came out a year or so ago. The "keeping up with the Joneses" concept is just majority of American's mentality. I found the Jimmy Kimmel experiment hysterical with everyone saying the "iPhone 5" was so much more faster, and lighter than the 4S even though the latter is what they were testing out.

The other way that the new Iphone creates more customers is for the froogle neophilliacs who won't but the brand new phone, but instead are willing to be a step behind the Jones and get the Iphone 4s for a discounted price. Many of my friends including myself wait for the new Iphone to come out so that the price of the the older phone goes down. People use technology now as a status symbol. Having a non smart phone makes you seem like you (however shallow it is) can't afford an smart phone. I myself have an older phone that I love because it just works. I may not be able to search the web or look for a bus, but I can drop it and it still works.

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