It’s funny that the Forbes article mentioned the battery on the iPhone 6 since one of they features listed on the iPhone 7 is that there is 1-2 hours of more batter life than the previous model. So Apple was able to compromise in both areas of functionality and design, not in terms of battery life only, but also with a new sleeker design. The thing with Apple, though, is that they are already established and credible so people will still buy it even if multiple components of the product is being compromised.
1) Which is more important, function or design? Are they equal? Under what circumstances (for example, is one more important in a phone, another more important in a car or computer)?
I hate to say this, but I think design plays a bigger role than functionality nowadays. For instance, one of those old school Nokia’s makes calls, can text, and has a battery life that can outlast my phone by more than enough days. But am I going to go for a Nokia? Absolutely not, because the look of the Samsung Galaxy and the Apple iPhone is way more pleasing and allows be to be engaged in things that I don’t necessarily need. But at the same time, functionality is relative to a person’s life. A Nokia may be perfectly suitable for someone of only needs to talk and text, however, these days it is quite unlikely.
2) Has design influenced a purchasing decision for you? Or is something high on your wish list because of design?
Design has by far influenced many of my purchasing decisions. You can have the most functional device ever but if the interface and product look like trash then you won’t see me buying it. Recently I switched and iPhone 7+ because I wanted to try it out (seeing as it is my very first iPhone), however, I quickly noticed that my Galaxy 7 which I had previously was far more functional than the iPhone 7+ but that I acknowledge the design of the iPhone much more which was Steve Jobs’ revolutionary forte. Although I like the iPhone 7+ design a bit more, the Galaxy 7 still has a nice and sleek design and when you add the functionality, it just makes it better overall in the long run. Who knows, maybe I just haven’t gotten used to my iPhone enough yet.