Opinion: iPhone 5 not worth the hype

Katie Reule

Abbi Pittman

Katie Reule

In case you missed it (which I’m not entirely sure is possible), you all probably know a new iPhone came out.

The new iPhone 5 is supposedly slimmer, faster, brighter, oh and wait for it – it has a new earbud design.

Big stuff, I know.

Is all this hype and drum rolls worth it? How often does Apple come out with a new iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, and who knows what else? I’m not an Apple basher — I can’t be when I own an iPod — but let’s be real.

The new iPhone 5 is said to be 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter with better streaming capabilities.

That’s just great, but since when do current iPhone users complain about the speed of their phone or the terrible video quality?

Most seemed satisfied with their high-priced gadget and have little complaints about their phone being too bulky.

Overall, most everyone is satisfied with their phones.

So, what’s the deal with the new one?

It’s great a new device is out with better earbuds, a better camera and an improved Siri. But why would you get psyched out over a phone with some nice upgrades when, in the time iPhone 4S owners obtain the new model, the zeal is lost because Apple’s revealed an even better version?

Go for it and buy the new iPhone 5 if you have the opportunity to upgrade or just $200 extra lying around your room. It’s a nice enough looking phone. But don’t be disappointed when the next generation comes out with more memory, brighter display, new adaptor and apps to die for.

Please, for the sake of the people who are not getting the next generation of iPhone or really couldn’t care less about it, don’t go bragging or talking about it like it’s the best thing since sliced bread. It’s just another phone with a couple new tricks.

I think it’s cool, no doubt, but I’m sure within the next year plus there will be a newer iPhone with an even smaller build, brighter screen and an app for everything.

In the meantime, happy trails, iPhone users.

Reule, a sophomore public relations and journalism major from Charlotte, is an opinion writer.