Not since the introduction of the original iPhone ten years ago has there been the kind of hype that’s surrounding the iPhone X. Priced at $999 for the 64 GB version and $1,149 for the 256 GB version, the iPhone X arrives at stores on Friday. But is it worth waiting in line for one (assuming you can even find one)?
The answer largely depends on how you value the features that differentiate it from the current top-of-the-line iPhones: the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. These devices have the same processor as the iPhone X and the same rear camera, but the iPhone X adds the following:
- A larger OLED screen
- A bezel-less display
- Face ID
While the iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, the iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen. The screen also implements a technology called OLED. As opposed to the LCD screens of the iPhone 8 series of devices, OLED screens are thinner and brighter, and have more vibrant colors.
With the iPhone X, Apple has also eliminated the bezel around the screen. This means the display is borderless. While this feature is more about form than function, style and coolness has always been one of the main attractions of owning Apple products.
The iPhone X also has Face ID technology. This technology, which replaces the Touch ID technology of the iPhone 8 devices, uses an infrared camera on the front of the camera to recognize faces. It does this by taking a 3D scan of your head and matching the shape and contours of it with stored data before unlocking the phone or authorizing payments.
If you don’t want to wait in line on Friday to buy an iPhone X, you can purchase one at Apple’s online store. Though you’ll still wait. This is due to both the surge of orders that started taking place last Friday and supply problems. It is possible that you might not get the device until early next year.
But what if you can’t the afford the hefty price tag of the iPhone X? You have options. You can set up an installment plan with your carrier (Verizon’s costs $41.62 per month for 24 months when purchasing the 64 GB model), or you can choose Apple’s early upgrade program. This program lets you buy an iPhone X for $49.91 per month, and, after you’ve made 12 payments, you can exchange your current device for the latest and greatest.
So, is the iPhone X worth the hype? If you have the money and the desire to have the latest and coolest technology, you probably already know the answer.
Article Source: Apple.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/technology/personaltech/iphone-x-what-to-know.html