Apple Now Lets You Trade Your Android Phone For Credit Towards An iPhone

31 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Apple AAPL 2.53% has expanded its trade-in program to offer store credit to consumers who hand in their non-iOS devices, as originally reported by media outlets 9to5Mac and Buzzfeed.Users will be able to trade in their phones from other platforms in Apple stores in the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany and Italy via its iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program, and receive a gift card to use at Apple stores.

Not everyone is a fan of larger smartphones but it seems there’s even more evidence that Apple is indeed planning a smaller iPhone 6 – dubbed the 6C. I can’t speak for everyone, but I suspect the majority would like a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6: slick unibody aluminium chassis, Apple A8 chipset, the same excellent camera and matching 1334 x 750 resolution for a 382 PPI Retina Display. This gives further weight to a possible trio of iPhones at the next Apple launch – a first for the company, with the launch likely to include a so-called 6S and 6S Plus.

Here’s why: Trading in a device through Apple involves clicking through a brief questionnaire online or handing over your device to a store representative to be evaluated. The rumored iPhone 6C appears to be noticeably thicker than the iPhone 6, although it has a similar layout in terms of Lightning port and microphone hole locations. On the other hand, selling a device on your own requires taking photos, writing an appealing ad, fielding questions from potential buyers and meeting a buyer in person. After indicating online that the device was in working order and free of water damage, I was offered an Apple gift card of $199.82 (converted to dollars from British Pounds). Apple’s quote wasn’t bad, but after looking at the going rate for the same device on Swappa the offer is a lot lower than the $273 the device is currently selling for online.

Even the iPhone 6′s Reachability feature, which allows an app or Homescreen to momentarily move to the bottom half of the screen for easier one-handed use, doesn’t quite mimic the ease with which older iPhone models worked with one handed use. The iPhone 6C could mean Apple has learned its lesson from poor iiPhone 5C sales, which were largely due to the fact that it wasn’t as cheap as expected.

It also gave Apple a cheaper entry point to the iPhone line – a feeder model, if you like – while the lower grade build materials kept profit margins high. What this doesn’t fall in line with is a (perhaps idealistic) vision I share with many others: that Apple will unite the range again with premium 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models – a ‘small, medium and large’ approach – all sharing the same build materials and internals. Yes a 4-inch model would fit a smaller battery, but that should be compensated for by the smaller display as displays remain the primary power drain on modern smartphones.

After all the name of the game now is media consumption – whether that be from iTunes or in-app purchases – and studies consistently show larger devices lead to greater media consumption. I do appreciate the smaller size iPhone, and in fact, if you were just using it as a phone, it is better and more convenient to use, because you can do everything with one hand very easily. In Windows computers they had you double-clicking stuff to open it up, and the iPhone/iPad interface has been about touching apps ONE time to start a command or open up something. This isnt as much of an issue for women, because women wear pants that don’t fit anything anyway, so women carry bags everywhere they go, so an iPhone can be as big as an iPad and women could still use it.

Even before the iPhone got these big phones, I noticed that women didn’t care how big the size of phones were, since they could just put them in their bags. However, I think this is going to be fixed, and Apple already put out developer kits to help app creators make programs that will look good in all resolutions. So, while this would be a concern in any case where you’re using something that is for a small screen on a larger screen, this shouldn’t be a problem for Apple.

Apple has already stated that they’ve ensured that most of the newer apps are optimized for the biggest screen resolutions as well as the smaller ones. Although smaller devices are faster (when it comes to touching things) and better at doing work on (again because of how tighter everything is), and much more portable.

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