Technology’s Improvements

Over the past couple years, there have been a wide variety of technological advancements, from the new iPhone to the i9-9900KS. Innovations like these have inspired countless other breakthroughs,  but does the average consumer need any of them? Apple updates their iPhone every year. These may seem like small upgrades, but by the time you are ready for a new iPhone it all adds up. If you had an iPhone 5c and then upgraded to the new iPhone 11 there would be a lot of changes, but if you upgraded from a XS Max to a 11 it would be a small upgrade. So, do you need to upgrade every year, and what are the upgrades to these products?

During Gamescom on August 20, 2018, the RTX 20 series was announced. The RTX 20 series is a type of graphics card. Some computers use a graphics card to compute the graphics. This puts less load on the CPU because it does not have to load the graphics. These cards would be using Ray Tracing graphics. Ray tracing improves the graphical experience of your activity. The i9 9900k was released October 2018, and was already a crazy amount of power, then in 2019, they released the i9 9900KS. The i9 9900KS featured a 5.0 gHz clock speed. This was something that only the best of the best i9 9900k could reach.

But these advancements weren’t limited to computer related tech, in fact,  Tesla just unveiled the new Cyber Truck. It has Ultra Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless-steel that is bullet proof. The tri motor model can reach 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. The fastest production car in the world reaches 60 MPH in 2.2 seconds. This is very impressive for the cyber truck, considering trucks often don’t have very good overall performance. It can also tow 14,000 pounds, and charge the Tesla ATV at the same time.

The iPhone 11 was also released recently, along with the 11 pro and 11 pro max. The 11 has 2 cameras while the 11 Pro and 11 Pro max have 3 cameras. Although, these cameras are a big improvement, they’re really only useful if you like taking pictures. Overall, it has not improved much from the iPhone X, and is not really worth upgrading to if you currently own iPhone X. However, if you don’t have an iPhone X and

Mrs. Hogen-Esch, a math teacher, and Keen Do, a 7th grade student, at AdVenture STEM, shared their opinions on technology. Keen Do has heard of all of the products but only owns one of them, the RTX graphics card, because he just needed to update the graphics card on his PC.  He is thinking about getting a RTX graphic card, but says “RTX is a bit overkill.” Keen also said, “The i9 is already insane so you don’t really need the new KS.” 

Mrs. Hogen-Esch has heard of the cyber truck and iPhone, but she is not currently up to speed with PC parts. Mrs. Hogen-Esch does not like Apple because they don’t make significant changes. She buys all her phones from Google. She does wish she had the cyber truck because it is cool.

The RTX and i9 processors are all very innovative, but are not necessary for the average consumer. The iPhone 11 is only really needed if you were planning on upgrading, otherwise benchmarking recommends the iPhone XR. The cybertruck is very expensive so it is nice if you can afford it, but otherwise a cheaper car is fine. Most people don’t need the capabilities of the cybertruck regardless. 

Technology these days is very confusing as well as costly. People considering purchasing technology should consult trusted resources on the Web. Then, they should ask three trusted friends what technology they are using and if they would purchase it again. After a person makes up their mind what technology they want to buy, they should compare pricing from three different vendors. Check the ratings and the performance before you invest in new technology.