Here is one such time, and it’s not the first time Apple has sinned so blatantly with a new product. Yes, friends and neighbors, boys and girls, guys and dolls, I recommend that you don’t buy a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. What’s the caveat?
Physicians, clinical psychologists, carpenters and mechanics have one thing in common. Each will tell you that it’s not the size of the tool that matters– it’s how well you use the tool. Similar advice works for iPhone users excited by the low entry price and low monthly payment structure Apple offers for the new iPhone 6s line.
The new iPhone 6s starts at $649 which is about the same as a premium Samsung smartphone which runs run-of-the-mill Android, so it’s difficult for the Korean manufacturer to differentiate it’s wares from cheaper smartphones.
On the other hand, Apple’s entry-level iPhone 6s comes with a measly 16GB of storage. Trust me, folks, unless all you do is use the iPhone as a phone, and don’t care about photo storage or apps or anything else, 16GB is not enough. About 25-percent of that goes to iOS, so you’re down to less than 12GB which ain’t much. But it’s only $32 a month on Apple’s new annual upgrade plan.
What Apple is doing by offering a 16GB iPhone 6s is almost criminal, but it’s there for a reason– to force people to spend another $100 for the 64GB version. $100 for 48GB more of storage is nearly as criminal, but Apple doesn’t mind a little sleight of hand (or price) when it means tens of billions of dollars each year.
The difference in monthly payments to move from 16GB to 64GB is only $5 a month (for the annual upgrade plan), and another $5 a month for the high end 128GB iPhone 6s, with another 64GB of storage. The iPhone 6s Plus starts at $749 for the same paltry 16GB of storage, while the high end model, at 128GB, is a whopping $949 on the upgrade plan, but only $15 a month more than the lowly 16GB iPhone 6s.
Don’t buy the 16GB iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. It won’t hold much, and will be worth less than other models at resell time. It won’t hold much?
The iPhone’s new camera has Live Photos which will more than double the space taken for photos. The option for 4k video recording means every three minutes of video takes up one GB of space. Even applications are now allowed to take up to 4GB of storage.
In other words, caveat emptor. Or, look before you leap.