Students express loyalty, suspicion about Apple’s new products

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 plus, right, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6, center, and iPhone 6 Plus, right, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Apple finally announced new products, clearing doubt and speculations from the past few months.

Apple president Tim Cook and others shared their new products with the world on Sept. 9. The new iPhone, Apple Watch and other tech commodities are meant to be user friendly.

Apple makes products ranging from laptops, to phones, TV applications, desktop computers, servers, tablets, music players and watches.

Not only does Apple provide a variety of products, it gives consumers a range of size, shape and color options so they can purchase a personalized product.

Apple fans are excited about the newly announced products.

“Obviously the new stuff is awesome,” said Scott James, who studies advertising. “I watched the event but had some trouble viewing in the HFAC. I used my LTE data from my iPhone 5s for the first hour and then sat on the back row of my Doctrine and Covenants class and watched the last hour.”

James can be described as an Apple fanatic. He started using Apple products when he was 7 years old; his first computer was an old clamshell laptop. He now owns a MacBook Pro 15” with retina display, an iPhone 5s, an iPad mini, Apple TV and an iPod nano.

His family is also immersed in Apple products. His dad had a tech company that was eventually bought out by Apple. With this interaction with Apple, the James family was able to get discounts on Apple products, which they took advantage of.

Scott and family enjoying their iPhones together.
Scott James and family enjoying their iPhones together.

“Every TV in our house has Apple TV, even our van. So if we are going somewhere and you don’t want to watch something on your iPad you can watch something on the Apple TV during a road trip,” James said.

He uses his MacBook Pro for video editing and for school. He tried using Windows Movie Editor when helping a friend edit a movie and was not impressed.

“If you’re a creative producer, Apple is the way to go,” James said.

Other students appreciate Apple’s user-friendly interface but cringe at the price tag behind the brand.

Andrew Bashford studies English and has an iPhone, but uses Apple computers on a daily basis at the English Learning Center.

“I think they are good, work well and (are) easy to use,” Bashford said.

Bashord uses a Dell laptop for his personal use, primarily for homework. He said he considered switching to a MacBook but he questioned if the price is really worth it. He is concerned that Apple will someday sell products based solely on its brand name rather than the worth of the product.

“I feel that I can get something that works just as well for a lot less,” Bashford said about the possibility of switching from his current operating system to Apple.

The price is not the only drawback for some students; Apple’s products may be sleek, but they’re also fragile, said Rachel Hansen, an English major.

Hansen has considered switching her Samsung laptop for an Apple MacBook Air. “Their laptops are so small, thin and cute,” she said.

However, Hansen thinks the iPhones are silly and would never get one.

“Everyone’s screens breaks or cracks, and who wants that?” she said.

Regardless of drawbacks, a consumer buzz surrounds the newly unveiled Apple products. Those who want to purchase an iPhone 6 or 6+ can preorder online through the Apple website. General sale of the phones will start Sept. 19 with a price tag of $199–$299 for the entry-level setup.

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