Welcome to our Apple Breakfast column, which brings together all the Apple news you missed last week in a handy summary. We call it “apple breakfast” because we think it goes great with a morning cup of coffee or tea, but it’s great if you want to read it during lunch or dinner as well.
Deal or no deal?
I would think that the last person to turn to for money advice is a billionaire. Sure, they have a proven track record of acquiring and holding a lot of money, but I doubt their ability to understand its value to the rest of us. I’m not sure they understand rates.
Those were my thoughts this week as I read the news that Warren Buffett (at one point reportedly the richest man on the planet, but now down to around fifth place) believes the average iPhone user will refuse to switch. on Android, even if he is offered $10,000. A viewpoint thought to be so large that it can be seen from space.
“If you’re an Apple user,” he told Becky Quick on CNBC’s Squawk Box this week, “and someone offers you $10,000 with the only stipulation that they take your iPhone and you can never buy another one, you won’t take it.”
Warren Buffett certainly doesn’t need $10,000, and it can be hard for him to put himself in the shoes of someone who needs it. I’d say there are probably quite a few people who still own a battered iPhone 6s who will jump at the chance to cash it in for that kind of money and happily spend the first part on one of the top few. Android phones. But money is not entirely the main thing for Buffett. Rather, as a tech user, are you ready to step outside of your comfort zone? And at what point does loyalty become a disadvantage?
Full disclosure time, and get ready for a shock: I’m an iPhone user. I’m currently using an iPhone 14 Pro that Macworld got for review last fall, and before that I had the 13 Pro and 12 Pro. I don’t always get flagship models (I spent a very happy year with the 8 Plus after the iPhone X came out), but it’s fair to say that I’m an unusually privileged Apple user who almost always gets access to the extremely latest and top-end iPhones. If anyone has to have a positive outlook on the iPhone ecosystem, it’s me.
And you know what? I fully agree to this deal. Of course, I would bargain: I think I could squeeze a six-figure sum out of Buffett. But if he played hard, I’d still walk out of the room with 10 grand and a smile on my face.
That’s the problem. iPhones are nicely designed, generally have good specs, and are exceptionally comfortable smartphones, but that’s about all they are. It’s not a lifestyle, it’s not a religion, it’s not your “team”. It’s one of the specific flavors of a product that didn’t even exist 30 years ago, and that may very well turn into commercialized irrelevance over the next 15 years.
I’m not here to argue that we don’t need smartphones at all, however obvious that may be. I grudgingly admit that most of us have come to rely on their convenience and seductive entertainment. But even if you need a smartphone, you don’t need an iPhone, which is just the version of this device that I (and many others) like to use the most. Of course, there is an emotional component to this choice, as in all human actions, but we must be guided by our feelings, and not be limited to the loyalty of a corporation that does not know about our existence. Put the dollar value on X of the convenience and happiness that having a high-quality iPhone adds to your life. If Warren Buffett offers you more than X amount of money, you have to accept the deal.
Will I enjoy learning how to use Android, the platform I last seriously studied for most of a decade ago? Probably no. But between Warren Buffett’s money and Macworld’s advice on the best Android phone for iPhone users, I think I’d get by.
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Podcast of the week
With WWDC just weeks away, talk of the company’s headset is getting louder. But actually Apple has other products in development– products that are more exciting. We talk about these products in this edition of the Macworld podcast!
You can watch every episode of the Macworld podcast on Spotify, Soundcloud, the Podcasts app, or our own website.
Software updates, bugs and issues
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