By Aileen Lentz

Apple dominates the electronics market.  Almost everyone has Apple phones, computers, watches, etc.  When I shadowed HB in 8th grade, I was shocked at how many people had Macs.  I got my first Apple phone in the last months of grade school. It was an iPhone 6 and I was obsessed. Being that it was an EXTREMELY expensive phone, I thought I could count on it to last three or four years.  Oh how wrong I was. Two years later Apple released the iPhone 7 and 7+ and I was excited for the new update that came out with the release of the new phones. After the update, however, the quality of my phone decreased significantly.  It was slow, apps would crash, and its battery life would drain a lot faster. It got to a point where it was too annoying to use anymore, and so I bought one of the new phones. At the time, I thought it was great that I got a new phone.  It was a birthday present soIi didn’t have to pay for it. I was only a sophomore in highschool so I was still in the phase of not caring what I bought. This phone lasted for about 2 years and then the same thing started happening, but worse.  A few months ago, my phone would open and close apps by itself and stop responding to my touch in general. This wasn’t just annoying anymore, it was unusable. I couldn’t make calls or text anyone. So I made a trip to the Apple store to look into getting a new one.  This time, buying the phone was not as fun because I had to pay for it myself because I have my own job. I was genuinely mad that I had to buy a new phone. I did not want it at all, but I did not have a choice. I hate that Apple makes their old phones stop working so you have to buy a new one.  Phones that cost that much should last a lot longer than two years. In the end, I will keep buying Apple phones because they are the best ones on the market and our society functions mainly through smart phones, leaving people will little choice on whether or not to buy one.