10 Alternatives to buying the new iPhone XS Max

How much is too much to upgrade to the latest iPhone?

The newest versions of the popular cellphone – iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR – were shipped to preorder customers on Friday. The biggest and the baddest of the trio, the iPhone XS Max, will retail for $1099. That’s $100 more than the prior 2017 series. But there are signs some consumers may finally be telling Siri “enough!” with pricy upgrades. Apple received about 10 million preorders for iPhone XS in the first three days of release, reported Jun Shang, Rosenblatt Securities analyst. The previous series, iPhone X, received 12 million preorders in the first three days, Shang said.

We put our minds to work on what ELSE we could spend a spare $1,099 on.


A miniature horse: $1000 – with money leftover for hay.

Photo by David Jia on Pexels.


1,172 finger hand puppets: $9.73 for a pack of 10 – you deserve a pat on the back.

Photo courtesy of Imgur.


A new EOS 77D Canon camera and lens: $1,049 – who needs iPhone cameras?

Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash.


66 one-pound Hershey’s Chocolate Bars: $14.99 per pound – you can’t eat an iPhone.

Photo by Jacqueline Macou on Pexels.


Nine months of unlimited salsa lessons: $119 per month – don’t be lonely on your phone, it takes two to tango.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.


27 full adult Santa suits: $39.99 each – stock up your closet, rather than your gigabytes.

Photo by Jack Levick on Unsplash.


Pay for 3.33% of the cost of an appendectomy: The average appendectomy costs $33,000, according to CBS News.

Photo by Piron Vidal Balielo on Pexels.


653 pounds of glitter: $16.83 per pound – party every day!

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.


222 Grande Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks: $4.95 each – your friends will love you.

Photo by Kristi Gy on Pexels.


Two all-inclusive nights in the Delux Resort View room in Beach Palace, Cancun: $522.90 per night, as of September 22, 2018 – why sit on your phone when you could sit on the beach?

Photo by Pixabay on Unsplash.

In a promotional video of the new iPhone XS series, Apple claims to have provided an “utterly uncompromised vision for the future,” but some of us just think Apple has gone too far. Maybe we would all be better off with a miniature horses and a few more pounds of glitter to get us through the day.

Claire Treu

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