Apple’s new iOS 7 update became available one week ago, as of yesterday. Just two days later, the iPhone 5s and 5c were released. And people literally scrambled to get the latest toys released by Apple.
So far, nine million people have purchased the 5s and 5c, while over 20 million people updated to the iOS 7.
Some were lucky enough to download the iOS 7 in just a few minutes. For others, the influx of people around the world all updating at the same time caused the lag time to go on for hours.
Only a few days later, new patches for fixes on previously unknown bugs are already being sent out. The iOS 7 is being called a “completely new system” with a different aesthetic design, the ability to swipe – instead of tap – between apps and easier updating accessibilities.
But if even just an update, not even a form of technology from Apple creators, caused this much of a debacle, it’s disconcerting about what people will do for the next big thing. It almost becomes a game of who is up-to-date and is following along on the trends, while those who are not fall behind.
In this age of technology, we even adapt our language to fit our technology, muddying our ability to connect and communicate with each other, using abbreviations like “lol,” “jsyk” and “idk.” We have come to rely on our digital devices to such an extent that going without a phone or computer for even a day leaves us feeling alone and unconnected to the world.
Before we had computers we could become engrossed in the book we were reading with our heads down, noses close, flipping the pages with a swipe of our fingers. The new iOS 7 update now allows users to swipe instead of tap while we walk, drive and sit with our heads constantly glued to the screens.
In a time where our eldest teenagers – born in 1994 – have never known a world in which cell phones, digital devices, MapQuest and the World Wide Web did not exist, it is important to ask ourselves why we are so hungry for technology. It’s just an update.
It only leaves us with one question to ask ourselves – what’s next?