If there is one thing the iPhone is not, it’s zero pay. While not the most expensive smartphone you can buy, it is always at the top of the range. Furthermore, there is no cheap version. A two-year-old refurbished iPhone is still going to cost you more than the average Android new in box.
You will also pay more for Apple services as a general rule. Compare Apple’s cloud storage prices to, say, Google, and you will be shocked and appalled by the price difference. There is no mistaking the iPhone for anything other than a premium purchase. If you are going to invest at that level, you just as well get the most out of it. Here’s how:
The most vulnerable part of the iPhone is the screen. While you can always find people using these things with cracked screens, there comes a point when even the most intrepid among us have to throw in the towel.
If you are the kind of person who occasionally drops their phone, your very first purchase should be some type of case. All the best iPhone cases can be easily paired with a tempered glass screen protector. Only then should you check the budget for AppleCare+.
If you do not protect your iPhone from the moment you unbox it, you are taking a big chance, and an unnecessary one. You are most certainly not getting the most out of your iPhone purchase.
Use Any Service
One of the best things about using an iPhone is that you can use any service regardless of how fiercely that service provider competes with Apple. On iOS, you have access to almost every free streaming service available. That means you don’t have to feel locked into Apple’s offerings.
It is not just streaming services. It is video, TV, books, productivity apps and suites, and everything else you can think of. Apple seldom brings their services outside their own walled garden. But every company brings their services to the iPhone. Getting the most out of the iPhone means using services from every provider. In that way, the iPhone is probably the most open platform on the market.
It seems like a waste to move into a home with an advanced security system and refuse to use it. The same is true for the iPhone. We are beyond arguing the point: iOS is the most secure mobile OS.
Notice that whenever law enforcement starts publicly complaining about not being able to get into a phone, it is always an iPhone. But there is more to security than that. There is also the confidence of knowing that your apps are secure when you purchase them from the App Store. There is also the matter of knowing that your child’s device will not be easily hacked by bad actors.
You can easily lock sensitive documents with your fingerprint. Apple had features like secure wipe and Activation Lock long before everyone else. And there is a good chance that new security protocols will appear on iOS first. That is because Apple has a security-first business model.
Apple also leads in the area of two-factor authentication and whole device, end-to-end encryption. While many of these features are available on other devices, Apple tends to push them first, and make them the default.
There is also the matter of privacy. Because Apple does not prioritize advertising, they have no incentive to sell your data to third-parties. When a service seems limited on iOS, it is almost because Apple refused to allow your personal data to become a bargaining chip.
Therefore, you can be more confident when using built-in services like the Health app to store and track your health data. That security also bleeds over into the rest of the ecosystem. HomeKit devices are more secure than other IoT devices because Apple requires strong security measures while other companies do not.
If you are going to make an iPhone purchase, get the most out of it by protecting it, taking advantage of the full ecosystem, and using all the security and privacy features it has to offer.