—Esther Chung, Copy Editor—
With a completely new lineup of products this fall, Apple has gotten the public buzzing about new smartwatches, an Apple TV, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. However, the most anticipated of devices is the iPhone X, a $999 phone that has drawn both praise and disapproval from critics all over the US. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, shows confidence in the new device despite its exorbitant price, touting the iPhone X as “the future of the smartphone”. However, the high price tag has left many people wondering whether or not the new iPhone X is really worth it. The newest iPhone shows some of the most revolutionary updates to the classic design. With such a large number of innovations, the iPhone X is highly anticipated as buyers save up for its release date: November 3rd. However, many buyers are still weighing the pros and cons of the phone. So, what exactly does the iPhone X have to offer?
One of the most prominent changes to the iPhone X is the edge-to-edge screen and no home button. Measuring 5.8 inches diagonally, Apple offers buyers a completely new look, discontinuing the classic iPhone design upheld through the years. The large screen incorporates a large, bright OLED screen, something that used to be found almost exclusively in Android phones. Compared to older models, this OLED screen will give users a more vibrant color range. According to Evan Kypreos, a longtime reviewer of Apple products, “This is the best looking phone since the iconic iPhone 4.”
Another unique feature of the iPhone X is its shift to wireless. In addition to the lack of a headphone jack, iPhone users will now also have the option to charge wireless as well. This Qi wireless charging technology is also featured in the iPhone 8 and 8 plus, and is already used by other smartphone companies like Samsung, HTC, LG.
A new feature that makes up for Touch ID, which uses the home button is FaceID. This is an all-new technology that allows users to unlock their phones with their face instead of their fingerprint. While this is an innovative approach that Apple guarantees as more secure than TouchID or passwords, there are many buyers who have found this to be one of the most unappealing changes to the iPhone because it could potentially be more unsafe and risky. Some specific issues brought up were unlocking phones in the dark, at movies, and while driving. Bigger groups like the ACLU also warn against FaceID, telling buyers to be aware laws aren’t in place to prevent cops from forcing people to unlock their phones with this method.
The new iPhone X touts a classy all-glass design, meaning that both the front and back of the phone are glass. This gives the phone an appealing sleek and modern look that sets it apart from other phones on the market. For those who drop things easily, the idea of a phone made entirely of glass seems like an accident waiting to happen. Luckily, Apple assures buyers that the glass used in the iPhone X is the “most durable” ever used in a smartphone. However, this promise is no reason to skip out on buying a case, especially given the phone’s lofty $999 price tag.