2007. Steve Jobs on stage launched the iPhone, the start of what would make Apple one of the most valued companies on earth and would go on to sell over 1 billion models through the years. However has the iPhone actually benefited society ethically or has it left society worse off.
Deloitte carried out a survey on mobile consumers and their day to day usage; the key findings showed that almost half of the 18-24 years old checked their phones in the middle of the night. Even 34% of smartphone users made no traditional voice calls in a given week, up from 4% in 2012, showing that phone usage has become increasingly more about the internet and applications rather than SMS and cellular calls. Time reported that 18-24 year olds checked their phones on an average of 74 times a day. The results shown are concerning as they indicate the high possibility of the rates of phone addiction increasing as access to mobiles becomes easier. Phones themselves are becoming more integrated and they are becoming more capable to do more things at the same time. Some experts have even gone as far as to claim that the smartphone has become the “crack cocaine of technology”, as it has ushered in a widespread addiction. This leads to multiple arguments into the use of mobile phones and whether they have gone too far into interfering with our day to day lives.
Common instances as catching the bus and analysing your surroundings, you will almost certainly notice the majority of people on their mobile phones, the reduction in human contact and physical interactions is causing isolation in society. This ties in with the fact that people who use their phones heavily and on a regular basis tend to suffer from high levels of anxiety and many suffering from depression. The modern day society of 2017 compared to 2007 are very different, and in the time frame, iPhones and smartphones in general have increased in terms of their functionality, they have become more adopted on a larger scale.
After 10 years of the iPhone’s initial release we are left with one question. Have they changed us for the better or for the good?
Since its inaugration in April 2010, and 250 million total sales later, Apple came up with the iPad Pro 9.7". From a thickness of 13.4mm to 6.1mm in the space of four years. Everyday education apps are being created, Khan Academy began a digital stage of educating the younger generation, and in America, iPads are being used to educate people. But here in the UK, traditional PCs and laptops are being used, and over time they will too become obsolete, and lacking, in this area; Apple is top dog. The IOS software works flawlessly alongside educational apps, and its simple interface allows for it to be child friendly. However many health experts are questioning the effect of technology on younger children, and I too find myself agreeing on what they believe. That technology can affect their life and health massively. Obesity among young children is on the rise, junk food and indoor media consumption is seriously affecting their social lives, as they want to play games on their computers or mobile devices, rather than have a kick about at the park.
In terms of infrastructure, the iPad has come far enough to be used for a long time without being needed to be replaced. The friendly touch screen will make it easier for children who unfortunately suffer from conditions such as autism and ADHD. Subjects such as media or art would be more interesting with allowing children to experiment with an iPad. Efficiency can be improved, as many families would have access to a mobile device of sorts, and a child could complete their work on the device and have it sent through an app. Some children struggle due to dyslexia, and it is complicated for them to write, an iPad could offer a more interactive experience.
For secondary schools, an iPad would allow for more mature students, to utilise the iPad when learning in lessons, with note taking functions, the internet would allow for a more immediate access to information. Students from less priveleged backgrounds, may not have the latest of technology, and for the school to provide an iPad for their education, would allow for them to stay up to touch in classes. Foreign students who may have trouble with the English Language, applications would allow for information they do not understant to be translated. Their English skills can be improved, and their potential can also be extended.
The cost would however be an issue depending on which model would be purchased. The budget could be extended to cover the costs, and there are cheaper variants of the iPad that are available. Insurance options can be offered by various companies, and these would cover the costs of any damages that may occur to any iPads. Rugged and shockproof cases can defend iPads from falls from a height, and would be immune to any damage a child could throw at it. Overall I believe that iPads could change the education system as we know it, and for the better, as long as the screen exposure to children is limited to an extent.
Since its birth in 2014, Apple Pay has been making major movements in the payment industry. Many have followed suit but none to the extent that Apple has. The security that is incorporated into Apple Pay shows how far technology has advanced, to the point where the pay limit has been barred. The usual £30 contactless limit does not apply to Apple due to the complexity of the Apple Pay system. In fact during October this year (coincidentally the 2nd anniversary of Apple Pay) an anonymous buyer used Apple Pay to buy a vintage Aston Martin. The price? A mere £825,000, done simply through the app on which the car was being sold. This is how far modern civilisation has gone to, only 10 years ago we would have to use cash to pay for a car of such price. Soon enough we could use Apple Pay to put a deposit down for a house, gone is the gimmicky appeal of Apple Pay, seriousness of the threat it poses to cash has arrived.
The adoption numbers are also positive. The magnitude at which they are pacing is just water in a pond, they show amazing growth since the release of Apple Pay. The number of retailers that have adopted Apple Pay has risen seven fold since the release. When Apple Pay released in China, within three days, 1 million people had registered to the system. Sheep? You might say so, but the system brings undeniable ease of use to the lazy nature of many humans, and a sense of satisfaction in paying with your phone, the cool factor is very high. For an old person, it will eliminate any trouble they have making payments of cash, which can be time consuming for them. The motives have been questioned by conspiracists, but in my opinion it is just another advance of technology, first cash then cards then contactless and now payments with phones. A lot of people have phones, it was just convienent to be able to pay with your phone since you have it at with you at most times. However statistics show that the age range of people using Apple Pay hovers at 25-34 but in the future I expect the dominant age range to lower, with teenagers becoming besotted by technology.
Conclusively I believe Apple Pay its the way forward, but I do hope that cash payment stays since every has cash on them, and to go paper less does not seem to be the ideal way forward. It is a step back, even though money has been symbolised through cash and has existed for since civilization can go back. Apple Pay is the best payment system at the moment, well ahead of Android Pay in terms of reputation and adoptability.