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Would you always buy an Apple product regardless of how expensive it might be or would the price be a big enough factor to push you to switch to a different, slightly more affordable brand like Samsung?
I've used my iPhone 6splus for 5 years. I bought the highest range of iPhone 6s plus back in 2016. Apple still does software updates to it. In the realm of tech, this is insane. I could probably stretch it another year if I really wanted to.
Phones these days are more of a need, not a want. The type of phone you choose is a want.
IMHO, you would be better off just pulling the trigger and getting what you want. It is something which you use every single day 40-45% of the time when you are awake, no point getting something you aren't getting joy out off, and will toss away due to regret.
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I guess this really does depend on your personal preference for Apple products.
Based on the theory of innovation diffusion, which is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread.
Source: Military Families Learning Network
I would think that the 2.5% of Innovators would almost always think that the Apple products are worth its price. Following which, some of the 13.5% of early adopters might agree as well.
It definitely depends on what your priorities are when it comes to choosing a phone from the displays, to the camera, to the batteries.
In case you didn’t know, you can actually head over to the Apple website to compare across the different iPhone models for the various product specifications. Here’s just the 'Quick Look' version across the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.
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To answer your question, personally, I am a late majority kind of person, so I wouldn’t jump on this bandwagon anytime soon. The price is definitely a big factor for me, so I would usually settle for an older Apple model at a more affordable price.
Apart from the user friendliness, user interface of iOS, another factor which I feel that is important is the number of years of software update the phone gives you. iPhone gives minimally 5 years if you look at the iPhone 6s still receiving software updates even till this day (5 years and counting, compared to 3 years on android phones). Which means your phone will feel new for a minimum of 5 years with each update. But of course factors such as battery life with those upgrades do also play an important role in whether the update is worth it (much less of an issue now due to the significantly battery life of newer iPhones). I would say that just because of the number of software updates you would get with an iPhone, it is very much as worth it as it is to get a comparable android with similar specs. iOS is so optimised too with their new chipset easily beating out the closest chipset on any android phone of the current generation too, making it less susceptible to slowdowns and all.
As an Apple fan, I'd still think it is worth paying for their new iPhone 12 series. I no longer consider other brands like Samsung or Google as I've grown so used to Apple's interface and genuinely believe it is better. I would consider the other affordable options in the series such as iPhone 12 mini if I think that the Iphone 12 pro price is quite a stretch though! For the strong branding that Apple has, I think the premium price is somewhat justifiable to a certain extend, but I understand how some consumers would make a switch to other affordable options!
For myself, I have switched over to android from iPhones recently, largely due to the price, and there haven't been significant issues.
If you die-die cannot live without Apple, you can 1) choose to go with a cheaper model (e.g. iPhone SE from $649), 2) refurbished model (quality can vary), or 3) trade-in existing iPhone for credits to offset new purchase.
The iPhone provides familiarity and a really good user experience that creates incredible stickiness and the entire Apple user journey even before you become a customer really grows brand loyalty. It’s probably one of the reasons why Apple is a trillion dollar company.
I would buy Apple products for as long as the user experience is prioritised and makes sense for me. The ecosystem of products and services they offer also needs to improve or minimally remain as user friendly and intuitive.
I have opted for an Android phone when I felt I wanted to be more prudent about spending and regretted that 1 -2 years I was using it. I’d rather spend more on the iPhone and keep it in good condition to use it for 3 years or more. The key thing to note was I could have afforded the iPhone model then. I think that’s a reason why I had buyers remorse on the Android phone.
I wouldn’t get the 12 as my current XR I got 2 years ago is still functioning well and in good condition. It’s supported by updates and I don’t have any major issues with my phone. I reckon I could use this phone at least for another 2 years.