Apple’s updates are not always best for consumers

Zohar Nadler, Opinion Columnist

As a loyal Apple user, it was no question that when I went to college I would buy a MacBook. Shortly after my indulgent laptop purchase, my iPhone became slow, as iPhones do after two years. I had to switch my iPhone 6 to and iPhone 7. I was becoming skeptical of apple products. The downside — the iPhone 7 did not have a headphone jack. This simplified design has caused me more trouble than help.

Apple’s new products, like the Macbook Pro 2018, got rid of necessary plugins such as headphone jacks and USB hubs, which pressures consumers to buy adapters for our plugins. You win, Apple — I am spending more money on your company.

While I love my Apple products, I am annoyed with these new features. Having an iPhone 7 but an older MacBook Pro forces me to carry two sets of headphones, one for my laptop and one for my phone. Not to mention that little adapter, which is easy to lose, for headphones that are meant for a headphone jack.

Apple has lured me into spending more money on its products because it is only its products that will work for my iPhone. As a consumer, this makes me feel that Apple has some sort of leverage over the products I choose; in a way, Apple runs my life. That being said, we college kids have to spend more money on electronics (mostly adapters) when it comes to Apple products — as a consumer, I find the simplicity of Apple’s new products more of an inconvenience. time for in the first place.

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