Through Student Eyes: Apple’s new iPhones & iOS


Another year, another iPhone.

In this year’s case, three new ones. As millions flock to buy Apple’s latest, let’s have a look at whether you should look at investing in one. Or, maybe the newest features brought about with iOS 11 should be enough to keep you content with your current iPhone for now.

Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been out for just under a month now, and they will later be joined by the highly anticipated iPhone X, which is set to become Apple’s flagship model. Priced at £999, it boasts several new features over its predecessors (including the recently released iPhones) such as a redesigned super retina display, wireless charging and the new ‘Face ID’ locking system. Controversially, the new screen stretches across most of the phone – getting rid of the home button and enforcing the need for the introduction of Face ID as a quick and easy method to unlocking your phone.

Apple boasts that its facial recognition software is more secure than its Touch ID ever was, and in addition to this it has been assured that the new A11 processing chip in the phone will have the capacity to recognise changes in your appearance. For example, it will still recognise you after a recent haircut, or if  you’re wearing a hat or even as you get older. However, these new changes look to alienate some customers, as despite some well demanded features incorporated (for example the wireless charging and improved battery life), many don’t feel like the new features warrant the hefty price tag.

iOS 11- another step forward or more trouble than it’s worth?

Apple’s new iOS 11 launched last month on the 19th September, and is compatible with the iPhone 5S and newer, as well as the iPad mini 2/ iPad (4th generation) and newer.  With it came some new features such as the new customisable control centre, which is all now on a single page. Accessible through a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen, you have access to all the same shortcuts as before, in addition to some others such as the ability to turn on/off your mobile data with a quick click on a button. You can also add different buttons onto the page through settings, such as a button to control low-battery mode, wallet and screen-recording, amongst other options.

Although, with most substantial new updates, there has been growing fears that the latest iOS has caused problems with battery life, as well as other issues such as problems connecting to wifi networks. However, some of these issues can be explained by people using the newer features more often after they’ve just been released, in order to determine what is new and how the features now work. This may result in the battery being drained quicker for example, but on the other hand it is difficult to be quite sure on the exact problems the newest update may have caused – especially since it hasn’t been out for very long.

Student Opinion

Ever since Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone 10 years ago, Apple has been at the forefront of the mobile phone market. Year upon year they have met and surpassed sale expectations and this year looks to be no different. This is mostly due to the loyal fanbase they have generated and have been able to keep thanks to their simple to use operating system, and iOS 11 continues this trend whilst adding some new features.

However, If you’re like me, your current financial situation is less focused on the newest thousand pound phone and rather on how I’m going to be able to afford another Dominos at the end of a night out. Meaning that even trying out these phones seems like a far-fetched dream. The iPhone is never going to be an affordable student phone, but having the newest iOS on some of the older ones provides a refreshing enough change, and should keep most older iPhones running for just a bit longer.