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Apple iPhone X is Coming, But Should You Spend Big on This One?

The first bezel-less iPhone with Face ID will be available across the globe from 3 November. But should you buy it? 

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The iPhone X pre-orders kickstart from 27 October across the globe, including India, and while the reviews from global media houses aren’t out yet, most of them share the same sentiment – wait for the REVIEWS before BUYING the iPhone X.

The iPhone X is the brand new favourite of Tim Cook and Co, but with a hefty price tag of Rs 89,000 (for the 64GB variant), a lot of buyers in India want to know whether the tenth anniversary iPhone has the wits beyond its sheen to give value for its money.

Also Read: Apple iPhone X First Impressions: What You Get For Rs 89,000

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The answers are in with The Verge even running a piece titled, “What if the iPhone 8 Plus is better than the iPhone X”.

Nobody is sure if the iPhone X will be part of a continuing series, or if it’s just a tenth anniversary edition, with its features trickling down to the supposed “iPhone 9” next year. 

It’s a little worrying for Apple that their co-founder Steve Wozniak was quoted by CNBC saying he’s in no hurry to upgrade his iPhone this year, which seemingly means he doubts how the iPhone X actually works out.

He has also pointed out the uncertain nature of the Face ID, and whether Apple will have the feature working in the way it should. However, he expects to see the first bezel-less iPhone from close corners, now that his wife plans to make the switch.

Also Read: Apple Face ID on IPhone X: How Does It Work and Is It Safe to Use?

The Verge, on the other hand, is confident that Face ID will work very well, as Apple must have made sure that the feature is foolproof, before publicly showcasing the feature, and integrating with its special edition iPhone.

One must also understand that the novelty of iPhone X is limited to the edge-to-edge OLED screen (its resolution) and Face ID. The camera, the processor (A11 bionic), and even the software via iOS, will be the same as that of the iPhone 8 Plus.

Concerns about iPhone X

If you keep the pricing of the iPhone X aside for a second, you’ll see there are other issues that could hinder the demand for the special edition.

A recent Bernstein report quoted by Reuters shows that demand for the iPhone X will be substantial, but not exceptional.

In a survey that included 1,112 current iPhone owners, 48 percent of respondents said that they were “excited for the iPhone X”, but only 25 percent said they were planning on buying it.
Bernstein Report in Reuters

The bezel-less display design of the iPhone X comes with a nagging notch on the top, which, according to The Verge, gives a detailed brief on how this could pan out for the users.

The X has more vertical points, of course, because of the taller screen, but a lot of that will be occupied by the notch and home button bar. What this means is that apps on the X will use the same basic layouts as the iPhone 8, not the Plus. You’ll get more vertical content in portrait mode, but in landscape mode, you’ll actually see less vertical screen space than even the smaller iPhone 8, because of how developers need to avoid the virtual home button bar as well as the notch
The Verge
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They have no doubt that the OLED display unit on the iPhone X will be an improvement on the Retina HD resolution and quality, but we’ll reserve our verdict on that, as well as the overall worth of iPhone X till the product rolls out to people.

We can’t dismiss the recent glitches with iOS 11 reported by iPhone users across various age groups. The last thing Apple would want is software issues that force them to push earlier than the planned version updates.

Everything isn’t lost just yet, but 27 October onwards, we’ll get a clearer picture as to how many actual buyers go and pre-book the iPhone X, especially in India, where it costs a bomb!

Before that, Apple needs to make sure it has more than the reported 2 million units of the iPhone X, which are to be made available across the globe, or else, all the hype could subside sooner than they would like.

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