These days, it's easy to hate Apple. They did away with the standard 3.5mm industry headset jack. They stayed with their old huge bezel design too long. Their iPhone 8 was not much different from their iPhone 7 which was not that different from their iPhone 6s series, sans the 3.5mm headphone jack.
If the current processor and Camera in my 6s+ was more than adequate, why would I want to upgrade? Well, I guess I'm not the only one with this mindset. Earlier this week, Apple admitted they were intentionally using software upgrades to slow down the processing speeds on these models. I had always suspected this but never figured they would actually do this. I actually did replace the battery on my device and found my device was still sluggish and not able to get me through and entire day without charging it. Well Apple, you stupid son of a bitches blew it with me and hopefully many others. I switched devices and platforms before Apple confirmed what they have been doing. I recall Apple justifying their taking away the 3.5mm jack because they couldn't waterproof the device. Well, Samsung was able to do this. My new screen is 6'2" compared to the 5.5" on my iPhone 6S and the battery lasts all day and evening. If Apple made their batteries more affordable, they would not be in this mess.
Incredibly, Apple says they are slowing down these devices to "smooth out peak power demands and preserve the life of the battery. Poppycock! My guess is they are stuck with warehouses full of iPhone 8 models that nobody wants. This was very stupid because now people are going to think twice when Apple sends software upgrades. What's truly mind boggling about this is these models they are now slowing down are not old models but current models all sold by the carriers. I accept the fact that all models before the iPhone 5s will not be supported by Apple's new iOS11. I reject the way Apple secretly slowed down the 6s, SE and 7 series and am glad that I am now using a Samsung S8+ and no longer getting extorted by Apple.
I'm guessing the main reason that the iPhone X is so pricey is because Apple has to buy their Super Amoled screens from guess who... Samsung! Their processors come from Qualcomm who they are currently getting sued by and Intel. Many of the features found on the iPhone X have been available on the S7 and S8 for years. Facial recognition? Yes, but I far prefer the IRIS recognition, also available on my S8+. Of course, I have the choice of facial recognition, Iris unlocking, biometrics or entering the unlock code old school style.
Samsung has made it stupid simple to move to Android OS from Apple with their SmartSwitch feature. I found moving from my iPhone 6s+ to the Samsung S8+ similar to moving from one iPhone to another. My screen savers, lock screen image and most of the APs moved over automatically. If people knew how easy this was and that they pay about half the cost for the same features, Apple would be in big trouble. Palm and BlackBerry were on top of the world last decade, hopefully Apple will not follow in their footsteps.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.