Chris Evans is dedicated to his iPhone 6S. Here’s what we can learn from him

Chris Evans, aka Captain America, aka Buzz LightyearA lot of Apple news has been coming out lately like iPhone 14 . rumored. As we all do from time to time, Evans has upgraded his old iPhone to a new one. So what’s all the fuss about? Turns out he was using an iPhone 6S all this time. Back in June, in an Instagram post, he shared a RIP of the old iPhone 6S, a phone released in the Obama administration.

It is clear that a celebrity of his stature can afford the latest and greatest when it comes to phones. The fact that Evans held onto his iPhone 6S for so long speaks volumes about his personality and perspective. I dare say that makes it look more real and cool too.

And if the story stops there, that’s great. But while promoting his new movie Gray Man on NetflixSteve Weintraub of Collider asked him about his old phone and Evans replied, “I miss it.” The Knives Out star admitted he’s missing the home button and it’s new iPhone 12 Pro Feels very heavy. Seated next to Evans, co-star Ana de Armas shared a sympathetic tune, showing how her iPhone leaves a streak on her pinky finger.

Evans opened up about his iPhone status with even greater enthusiasm, saying, “I want something that works so that it doesn’t work anymore.” This is a deep and at the same time direct criticism of our global, disposable culture.

Well, how did we get here? Last month, Chris Evans posted a photo on Instagram that showed him transferring data from his iPhone 6S to a new iPhone. He wrote, “RIP iPhone 6S. We had a good experience. I’m going to miss the home button. I won’t miss the nightly battle trying to charge you. Or your beloved photos. Or your sudden drops from 100% battery, to 15%, completely dead in a matter of minutes. It was a wild ride. Rest easy, pal. #tilthewheelsfalloff”

A fitting tribute to your old iPhone. But why did he keep his old iPhone for so long? The short answer seems to be the home button. It’s an actual button. In an interview with Collider, Evans dismissed people who said he should get the iPhone SE, the only iPhone Apple currently sells with a home button. Evans apparently knows that the iPhone 6S had the last physical home button on the iPhone. When Apple released the iPhone 7, it replaced the physical button with a circular dot that uses touches to mimic physical button action and feedback. This same Home button is found on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, SE (2020), and SE (2022).

Although his iPhone 6S is barely working, it seems to have stuck for another reason: the principle of everything. Why get a new phone when the old one works just fine? True, Evans appears to have used the 6S for as long as possible—more than six years, assuming he bought it the year it was released. And while Evans didn’t mention it, the iPhone 6S not getting iOS 16 updateThis likely means that it’s time for other iPhone 6S owners to move to a newer model if only to keep them protected from security holes.

Every year phone makers release new models. On the one hand, this annual cycle allows companies to upgrade their phone hardware to be more competitive. But on the other hand, this is a waste of time. Other tech products like headphones and cameras are not in an annual upgrade cycle and years can pass between models. Add to that complex factors like removing the home button altogether and things like the headphone jack, and Evans’ frustration is easy to understand. He had a phone with a lightweight home button, then “upgraded” to a new, heavier iPhone, completely lacking a home button and headphone jack. I’d be less than excited, too.

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