You walk into a house.
Sitting on the table in front of you are three pieces of 2014 technology: a sleek new iPhone, a taller and wider version of the iPhone, and an iWatch.
Which do you choose?
It was on Tuesday this week that Apple announced a new set of iPhones (the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, respectively) to the world, as well as the iWatch, which is set to revolutionize the smartwatch industry.
The iPhone 6, which will be released on Sept. 19, is set to cost $199 with a contract. The Plus version will cost $299 with a contract. As for the iWatch, price and release dates have yet to be announced from Apple, although many are expecting it to drop on shelves everywhere in 2015, according to Time magazine.
New iPhones are sure to pique the interest of the 19.8 percent of the American population that uses Apple’s smartphone device. According to Forbes, Apple has sold more than 500 million iPhones -- more than the entire American population.
But which iPhone is the right one for you? Or, which phone is the right one to buy your family members this holiday season?
Here’s a guide to help you pick the right phone.
Dads just need the basics when it comes to smartphones. According to the University of Missouri, women are more likely than men to use their smartphones for playing games. And other studies have found that women overall are more addicted to the smartphone than men, making the size of the phone less important for someone who doesn’t use it as much, according to the Wall Street Journal. Dad should look to keep things simple and stick with the model closest to the phone he’s had the last few years.
Verdict: iPhone 6
Moms will definitely find some interest in the new Apple products, especially the iPhones. After all, 57 percent of women use smartphones, according to the Pew Research Center. But the smaller version may be the right one to go with. The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer wrote that women may have a tough time using the new iPhones because of their bigger size, and women have struggled with cell phones that are made for bigger hands in the past.
So what is a mom to do?
Stick with the current size, shape and accessibility of the current model, while branching out with the iWatch, which is built for smaller bodies and will help the busy moms -- of which there are a lot -- keep track of the time.
Sons and daughters
What phone would best suit the youngsters? According to the San Francisco Chronicle, college students are using their phones between eight and 10 hours a day checking texts, apps and social updates. Being that millennials and youngsters are also consuming some of the new-age media that’s mobile-based -- and they’re outreading older generations, The Atlantic reported -- it may make sense to send them off with the new iPhone Plus, given that its screen size is good enough for all sorts of media consumption.
Verdict: iPhone 6 Plus
Grandma and Grandpa
The elderly do love their tablets. According to My Ageing Parent, an online resource for families, tablets help the elderly with staying connected to the world outside of their homes. In fact, 18 percent of Americans 65 and older are using a tablet, according to the Pew Research Center. This may be a good reason to buy your grandparent the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a little bigger and closer to a tablet size (5.5 inches diagonal) and will be a nice device to help them transition into the smartphone market.
Verdict: iPhone 6Plus
The aunt or uncle who’s always late
Lots of Americans are suffering from time anxiety, but one of the new iPhone models may be right for them, according to The Huffington Post. It’s the iWatch that can help them keep their day on track. And with all the apps and programs attached to the phone, they won’t be able to take their hands off of it.
The cousin who works a lot
Worried that your cousin is one of the many Americans that are working all the time? It may make sense to grab that person the iPhone 6 regular version. As Time highlighted in its look at the new iPhones, the new model offers a payment method called Apple Pay, which will allow people to take a picture of their credit card, put it on their phone and use it as a form of payment at some stores (like Subway, Macy’s and McDonald’s). That’ll surely be convenient for the busybody worker. And since the standard iPhone 6 is shorter with the ability to slide nicely into a regular pocket, it will work perfectly for your relative that’s moving constantly from meeting to meeting.
Verdict: iPhone 6
The younger sibling
They’re coming of age in an increasingly mobile world. Give them your old model of the iPhone as training wheels. After all, you had to wait for your first iPhone too.
Verdict: iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s
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