New iPhone due out, cell obsession lives on


By Anthony Szudarski

I’m worried we focus too much on convenience with our phones today.

The Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available to the public Friday. With so many news agencies reporting on the new models, I wonder why the phones are such a big deal.

Alexander Graham Bell started it all with the invention of the phone. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you a history lesson, but maybe we should take a second to think about why we’re so obsessed with getting the latest iPhone models.

“Apple has become a cultural icon,” said senior communication major Aaron Markey. “If you really look at the phone it’s not really an upgrade; it’s a meager one at best… Apple has just become a staple in our culture.”

I can’t help but agree with Markey. The biggest upgrade to the phone seems to be for the 5S model, which has the new Touch ID lock, which uses your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Hey, at least no one would be able to get into your phone anymore (unless they cut your finger off).

“I think it’s a gimmick,” Markey said. “I don’t have any worries about security. I mean, it’s a cool feature, but I don’t know if it’s anything breakthrough.”

Our obsession with cellphones makes me wonder if we’re more interested in all the extra features of the phone rather than just having the most amazing feature itself: being able to call anyone at any time anywhere in the world.

Kevin Koch, junior public health major, told me “other than being able to hear the person you’re calling,” Internet connectivity is the most important feature for smartphones.

“We rely so much on the Internet that without it it’s just a phone,” Koch said. “I mean, without it, it pretty much ruins all the other features of the phone.”

I’ve never actually owned a smartphone, so I’ve never been able to use my phone to check out my Facebook or Twitter.

Being able to look up directions, recipes on Pinterest or listen to Pandora all on the device you use to call your mom and dad to check in must be really convenient.

Koch told me he “probably [uses] Facebook or Instagram every day.”

So what if you can’t look up that actor’s name on IMDb to win that argument about that movie? At least you can hear your friends’ voices clearly when they call.

Take a minute to be amazed at how far cellphones have come, and be happy you even have a phone.

Let’s be honest: Being able to post your latest Candy Crush score on Facebook isn’t as important as being able to call a friend you haven’t seen in years.