Bust out your checks, here comes the iPhone X

Christian Silva, Student

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Another year another iPhone, but this year Apple decided to treat customers with the release of two new phones about a month apart.

Though the iPhone 8 has been available to purchase as of September 22nd, the iPhone X starts shipping out November 3rd. Meant to be pronounced as “iPhone 10,” Apple was so excited for this product that they have chosen to forgo the expected ninth iPhone altogether.

Owners of the iPhone 8 may be disappointed to discover another iteration of the iPhone so soon after the release of the iPhone 8. “I kinda just bought the new iPhone, not knowing that a newer one would come out literally [a month] later.” Kelsi Paulina, junior, said. “I won’t lie I’m a little disappointed.”

Whether or not consumers were ready for it, the iPhone X  is indeed here. The latest iPhone of course comes full of new features to convince people that splurging on its $1,000 price tag is a good idea.

Apple has improved the facial recognition software on the phone, allowing you to do things such as unlock your phone just by looking at it and the ability to add your own facial expressions to emojis.

“And I thought unlocking the phone using just my thumb was convenient!” says junior Vincent Dobrawa. “But seriously this seems completely unnecessary. And I’m not about to make a face for my emojis.”  Also promised in the new iPhone is wireless charging, and more slight improvements to the display and camera.

“It just seems like they’ve run out of ideas.” Steven Kincaid, junior, said. “None of these changes are that exciting and I’m not sure they are going to convince as much people to buy their phone this time around.” But is it innovative? No, he said. “People are going to use these features for like a day or two and then they will be over it.”

Clearly many were convinced before any features on the phone were released, since as of now pre-orders have sold out. Some think spending a grand to make your emojis more dynamic is highly questionable, but of course people value things differently.

The best advice is to block out the hype, evaluate the improvements, and consider the price tag that comes with them. Then decide if the iPhone X is worth picking up today.

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