The Day has arrived and Apple’s iPhone 4 is finally here. Thousands around the country are lining up en masse at their local Apple Store, the biggest line-waiting ceremony since the second Twilight movie (Shudder). Yesterday, your Facebook and Twitter feeds were littered with ecstatic status updates from the lucky few who pre-ordered and received the phone a day early.
YES! The iPhone 4 is the greatest thing since KFC’s Double Down! Nom nom nom!
In this post, I hope to convince you long enough to hold out and avoid the perils of being an early adopter. Hit that read more button already for crying out loud!
Some iPhone 4’s are reportedly “acting strange”
The iPhone 4 isn’t the greatest thing since KFC’s Double Down
The iPhone 5
What? Did you expect to still have enough Benjamins lying in your wallet after buying every new generation iPhone and the iPad? Of course not! Go to work, get a promotion, recycle your mountain of beer bottles and soda cans, and sell your computer on eBay! In the meantime, it’s just not financially feasible my fellow broke friend.
What? Still not convinced? Even after the Great Recession, we, Americans, find it illogical to spend more than we earn? If you already bought that shiny new iPhone 4 this morning or afternoon, there is still hope for you. Sell that baby on eBay. Yes, I know it’s hard to put your newest baby up for sale after all the hard work and effort you put into standing in a line for several hours. But, if you open up a new tab and head over to your neighborhood eBay site, you’ll find iPhone 4’s going on average for $1000.
Still wishing to buy one right now? You lack self-control, my friend. Alright, this morning in Chicago, Mashable writer Samuel Axon was mugged while waiting in line for the iPhone. Luckily, he only lost $65. The lesson here? Don’t wait in line or get an iPhone this week. You’ll be lucky if you aren’t mugged as you leave the store after your inevitable spending spree.
You can read Samuel’s full account of the incident here.
As mentioned earlier, some people who pre-ordered the iPhone 4 received the device in the mail yesterday. However, many reports began popping up that some iPhone screens had yellow spots or were experiencing reception issues.
At Macrumors, one fan reported yellow discoloration appearing on parts of his screen:
Just synced up my iPhone 4 and noticed that, on screens with a white background (i.e., Settings.), there is a decidedly yellow spot on the lower left corner of my screen. It appears circular (about the size of a pencil eraser) but when you rotate the phone sideways, it’s more visible as running across the bottom edge of the screen a ways. Anyone else? Also, assuming I wait til the weekend to make a Genius Bar appointment (to avoid the Thursday crush at the store), is Apple likely to have replacement phones on hand this early in the launch?
Yes, this is a new product launch and despite Apple being Apple, nobody is perfect. Hopefully, these problems will quickly resolve itself.
Compared to new Android phones, Apple’s iPhone 4 is not the most technologically advanced phone in the market. With Apple’s brilliant marketing machine, it’s no surprise that Apple recently surpassed Microsoft to become the world’s largest tech company. They want you to believe that their phone is the best phone in the world. In many cases, they succeeded.
The new iPhone 4 may be getting the biggest headlines, but will not be winning the award for possessing the best technology.
The tech world doesn’t wait for anyone. In the ensuing days and weeks after snagging your iPad, the tablet market will soon be overcrowded with competing products that, in many cases, offer a superior model. Being an early adopter is like playing with a double-edged sword: you may waltz around jubilantly in the days ahead pointing out to your friends that your screen has a “retina display” and can “multitask,” but sooner or later, your limelight will inevitably disappear.
Comic by The Oatmeal