Why I Didn’t Wait for the iPhone 8

I spend a lot of time reading tech news. I enjoy hearing all the latest rumors about upcoming products, seeing leaked images, listening to experts’ witty banter, and obsessing about what I’m going to get next.

Except that I’m poor.Who isn’t, right? I can’t afford to buy a fraction of the products I obsess over, but when I do buy something I try to be well informed. It doesn’t hurt to look.

Who isn’t, right? I can’t afford to buy a fraction of the products I obsess over, but when I do buy something I try to be well informed. I tell myself that it doesn’t hurt to look, but it does wear on you.

So, when my iPhone 6 Plus passed the two-year mark I started getting anxious. I told myself that the update to the iPhone 7 wasn’t that big and that I could just wait till the iPhone 7s/8 came out. But I didn’t.

You see, I have a problem. Maybe you have it too. When you spend a disproportionate amount of time looking forward, it becomes increasingly difficult to see what you already have … or could have. My iPhone 6 Plus was still working. It is still working. I didn’t need a new phone. But I wanted one.

With starting our YouTube channel, Teach Me Media, I was looking to upgrade equipment. I was, and am, still using a MacBook Pro from 2012 and an iPhone from 2014 to film, edit, and post our videos. It really slowed the process down. We’ve actually filmed several episodes that I’ve just never finished editing because the equipment wouldn’t cooperate. So, when I read about some of the deals AT&T was offering, I decided to sell my soul and go for it.

I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised as I stumbled across some of the features of the iPhone 7 Plus that I had forgotten about. I was acutely aware of the camera lenses, but I had forgotten about the ability to take and edit RAW files. As someone who enjoys photography that was a big deal. I am still waiting anxiously for Filmic Pro to release their update that includes the ability to shoot in a flat profile, but that’s another story.

I had forgotten about the “peak and pop” feature and I’m still not sure that I know how to use it, but I will. I had forgotten about the speed of TouchID and the extra speakers. I had forgotten about its water resistance and the taptic¬†engine everytime I press the Home button. I had forgotten about a lot of things, and it has been a subtle joy to rediscover things I had forgotten about.

I don’t think I’ve really put my new phone through it’s passes yet, but I look forward to doing so. Now, I’ll be honest that I signed up for the yearly update plan so that I can still upgrade to the next iPhone when it comes out, but I don’t regret my decision to not wait. Just this week a rumor surfaced that the latest and greatest new iPhone might be released a month later than normal–in October rather than in September. They also expect high demand, as is evidenced by Wall Street’s reevaluation on Apple’s futures.When I read that, I felt smart. That would mean that I would be

When I read that, I felt smart. I had to wait an extra month or two to get my iPhone 6 Plus when it came out and I expect the same may be true as Apple is rumored to make huge changes to the next iPhone. Rumors say that there will be three models and a new screen size. They say they’ll have wireless charging, glass backs, and maybe even a rounded glass screen. Who really knows? Apple. And Apple likes to keep secrets. But this much seems to be true, the next iPhone will be much like the last 10 have been. It’ll be a little bit better, a little bit faster, and even more polished. It might have a few things that make me cringe. I hope it has a few things that make me giddy, but they already have a pretty great phone and I look forward to pushing this thing as far as it can go to make media, make pictures, and … of course, to research what the next iPhone will be like. Until then ….

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