First off, it’s not the iPhone X; it’s the “iPhone Ten.” You’d be remised to mess this up since most iPhones up until this point has been paired with a number. Why not call it the 10? What happened to iPhone 9? Why is there a $1,000 version? We lost headphone jacks forever, didn’t we, Apple? Why? Why don’t you love us anymore?
These questions are tearing everyone apart today. Apple had a big conference yesterday (as they do) announcing a new slew of devices that will have us begging for them to take our money. The big stand-outs were, of course, the new iPhones they’re rolling out: The iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Compared to the current models, they have the expected improvements: better screens, batteries, camera, etc.
The 8 isn’t anything to write home about. It’s only slightly better than the 7 and looks the same. The pitch here is that when the new OS comes out along with new apps, your non-iPhone-8 will get a little slower and die a lot quicker. That’s about it.
The iPhone X, on the other hand, doesn’t look like the 7 or 8. It’s a bezel-less phone that ditched the home button in lieu of more “Super Retina” screen space. Without a home button, how will you unlock your phone? Good question. You’ll use your face. Face recognition is replacing the touch-ID system to get into phones now, meaning you just look at your phone and it’ll unlock for you.
The world is torn between these two phones, as people are both praising and bashing the releases. Understandable. Ever since the iPhone 6(ish), there haven’t been great strides in iPhone improvements to warrant an upgrade every year. Apple still manages to throw in certain exclusive features on their newest, most expensive phone, as they did with the depth effect for the iPhone 7 Plus. For the iPhone 8 it’s wireless charging, and for the iPhone X, it’s wireless charging, no bezel, and no home button.
A lot of people are praising the 8 and X for their beauty and design. Of course, they’re beautifully designed: it’s Apple. On the other hand, a lot of people are getting upset about the removal of the home button. The solution here would be to buy the iPhone 8, but for some, it’s important to have the latest and greatest.
As with the removal of the headphone jacks, people are going to complain and get upset, ultimately shelling out the cash anyway. The pros of the new iPhones have steadily outweighed the cons over the last few releases. A lot of people will give up their headphone jack if it means their phones will last longer and take better pictures.
We all have that guy in the office who talks trash about Apple and the new iPhone, but then, a week after the new one comes out, he comes in with one. At our core, we are all that guy. We will huff and puff about Apple taking away features and charging us more for it. However, in the end, resistance is futile, as we eventually give in and upgrade.
That is unless you don’t own an iPhone, in which case, tell the headphone jack we love it and miss it.