A new phone for a collapsed economy.
Apple announced a new, cheaper iPhone model on Wednesday, marking the first time it has launched a new phone without one of its glitzy in-person events as most of the country remains under shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new, second-generation iPhone SE carries the same name as the original iPhone SE that launched in 2016. It costs $399, and pre-orders begin on Friday, April 17. It arrives by April 24.
The phone is launching at a difficult time for Apple as it faces an environment where millions have lost their jobs due to the current health crisis and production delays have hit its manufacturing facilities in China. In February, Apple warned on revenue guidance for its second quarter, citing weak demand in China due to the spread of coronavirus and lower iPhone supplies. But Apple seems confident it will be able to meet demand for its new iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE is compelling for both Apple and iPhone buyers. It has many of the same internal components as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, but inside a body that’s practically identical to 2017′s iPhone 8. Apple can reuse the older design of the iPhone 8 while improving other areas of the phone, like the screen and the processor. That helps Apple create a more affordable device that’s appealing to consumers who don’t want to spend more on Apple’s other phones. (The iPhone 11 starts at $699 and the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999.) It’s the same strategy Apple used for the original iPhone SE, which had the same design as the iPhone 5.
Look, nigger: ain’t nobody gonna be buying any phones in the future we’re going into. If they are buying a phone, it is going to be as a practical issue, and that will not be a $400 phone.
I mean, I’ve had my current phone for nearly three years, it works fine, and if I drop it I can buy a used replacement of this phone for under $100.
I don’t know what Apple or any of these other physical technology companies are going to do survive, but my feeling is that they simply cannot survive. At this point, the majority of electronics purchases are luxury purchases, because basically, everyone already has all the technology they need.
Like I say, everything is going to have a ripple effect.
Apple has a total of 137,000 employees in the United States, and if you factor in the people who work in the periphery of that, selling phones and phone products, you have probably over 300,000.
Almost all of those jobs are officially gone forever.
Apple will still exist, but poor Tim Cock, or as I like to call him, Rim Cook, is going to be struggling to pay for his antivirals.
I wish the media was talking about all of this more realistically. The idea that the crisis can be summed up as “people will have to buy a $400 phone instead of a $600 phone” pretty much sums up the entire economic narrative as it exists in the media currently, and it is just a complete hoax.
They presumably know it is a hoax. Or at least, if they studied their own data that they do publish in some articles, they could figure out an idea of just how bad this is going to be.
But they are not doing that.
I think it is fair to assume that this is some kind of agenda, but it’s also likely that the employees of the media itself are in denial and don’t want to face the reality that they have created by pushing this flu hysteria on the people. The media is going to be one of the first things to face massive cuts. They already are facing cuts, but it’s going to be decimating shortly.
The media was already struggling, because they function on increasingly ineffective advertisements, but when there’s nothing to advertise, they’re going to have to start begging for donations.
You’re still going to have the Washington Post and the New York Times, CNN and Fox News. But most of the rest of it is gone.
Except the Daily Stormer. We’ll still be around.
And we’ll all have a good laugh about the media collapsing as we sit in our container houses hunched over our used Android phones eating government soup.