Students respond to the release of new Apple technology


Southern Miss students shared their thoughts on Apple’s announcement of its coming hardware with a variety of perspectives.

With the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”) releasing at $999, there was a slew of reactions to Apple’s bold move of effectively polarizing its audience. There is the more affordable option of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus starting at $699 and $799 respectively, but the recent announcement had longtime Apple users questioning the company’s methods.

While the iPhone X loses the home button in favor of an edge- to-edge Super Retina Display, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will stick with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. All phones will feature wireless charging thanks to their glass backs and the soon-to-be-available AirPower charger.

The iPhone 8 Plus will also feature portrait lighting, which allows users to alter the lighting effect while taking photos and edit images taken in portrait mode.

In place of Touch ID, the iPhone X will use Face ID, which uses the TrueDepth camera to unlock phones regardless of how users may change their appearances. The camera will also ensure that similar images of the user’s face will not be able to unlock the phone.

A new feature on the iPhone X, Animoji, will allow users to send emojis that mirror their movements and speech.

When asked about their initial reactions to the announcement, students commented on whether or not they planned on getting either phone.

“I will not buy the iPhone 8,” USM senior and longtime Apple customer Evan Jones said. “There’s no real reason for me to get one.”

“I’m excited to see the releases, but I don’t intend to buy them,” junior Jessica Fields said. “They’re just too expensive.”

Despite the overwhelmingly negative feedback, iPhone users demonstrated their loyalty to Apple and its products.

“I’m not going to change. I like the UI [user interface] of both their computers and phones,” Jones said.

With Apple launching another generation of innovative Apple products, users are expecting an interesting year from this company. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launches Sept. 22 while the iPhone X will be coming to stores Nov. 3.