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Do You Need An iPhone?

Do You Need An iPhone?

Smart phones today are becoming more and more advanced with a huge number of apps and accessories that can make your life run a lot easier and smoother. Apple is to thank for many of these advancements; if it were not for them pushing the envelope other companies would not have known how to follow. But regardless of this, Apple is known as the industry leader in the creation and implementation of smart devices. First came the iPod which revolutionised portable music (and meant that we no longer had to lug around those large and heavy portable CD players) and today they have released their newest operating system, with the iCloud cloud storage system not too far behind. iOS5 comes with a wide range of built in apps and services that will see the iPhone brought up to speed with other devices—this is the first time that Apple devices will have a notification centre as well as wireless syncing.

Sure, iOS5 looks great and the iPhone 4S will have two antenna making it easier for calls to stay connected rather than dropping out, but if you are looking for a smart way to stay connected this author asks the question: do you need an iPhone?

For the longest time the iPhone was the only Apple device that allowed you to stay connected; you could not place calls from your iPod classic and you could not message from your iPod nano. While you still cannot do either of those things from those specific devices, the iPod touch again changed the face of mobile computing technology, and now it seems that with this device you no longer need a phone to make calls or texts.

Using a phone to place calls is so 2010, in 2011 mac introduced FaceTime, a brand new way of having video calls. The iPod touch comes with this great app that allows you to make and place video calls with anybody else who has the same app. You’re not just limited to calling another mobile device as you are with a normal cell phone but you can call and talk to someone on their iMac from your iPod. Because it only uses data you may even get the call for free if you have found free Wi-Fi or 3G like at a school, library, airport, cafe, or another public place. And because all Apple mobile devices have the ability to be synced you can receive a FaceTime talk even what you’re not at home. The account is linked so if someone calls to talk to you on your iMac they will get you on your iPod if you’re out for a walk or heading to class. You can set FaceTime to be always on or you can manually set the times if you don’t want to be interrupted while at work or in class. FaceTime makes communication easier for everyone. With your large iPod touch display screen you can now have conversations in sign language without having to invest in costly machines.

Of course, voice and face chats aren’t the only way to communicate in today’s world and sometimes it’s easier to text through information like an address. There used to be no way to do this on an iPod, but with the iOS update launching today (the 12th of October) in most countries you can. The new iMessage app uses data to connect with people via text messages. But it’s a lot more than that with the ability to send photos and website links through as well. This is just like a text message service, only free and better. With iMessage you will get confirmation that the message has been received and with read receipts you will be informed when it has been read. You will see an icon down the bottom of the screen when the other person is typing, and you can send messages to multiple people and have a group conversation. iMessage is available on all iOS mobile devices so you can use your iPod to chat with someone on their iPad.

With these two new great apps the gap between the iPod and the iPhone is closing rapidly. Because you can have a lot of the same apps on the iPod touch there is no longer a major difference between the two so you can ask yourself; ‘do I need an iPhone?’

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