The new iPhones were announced in September of 2017 and as usual, they have shiny, new must-have features.
This year, Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and the completely redesigned iPhone X. But at a price tag of almost $1,000, it's wise to not rush into this purchase.
Three new iPhones were introduced.
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10)
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which have the same body style and gestures you’re used to with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, have some exciting new features.
- A11 bionic chip that’s 30 percent faster and will support up-coming augmented reality features.
- Wireless charging made possible via a new glass back, which will be able to be charged on Qi-compatible wireless chargers.
- A larger camera sensor and a brand new chip for processing images, will result in better quality images on both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
- iPhone 8 Plus has improvements to Portrait mode, with lighting features that allow you to digitally change the light that falls on the face of your subject.
- Plus many more new features.
If you have an iPhone 6 or 6S (or older), now is a good time to consider upgrading to the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, which were reduced in price by $100, or take a closer look at the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Take a look at Apple’s iPhone comparison for more details.
Apple also introduced the new iPhone X, which is a complete redesign of the iPhone and considered the future of iPhone. There are some features that are unique to the iPhone X that are receiving mixed reviews.
Here are 7 things to consider before jumping into the iPhone 10:
1 - Edge-to-Edge Display
- Screen size is about the same as the plus, but body size isn't
- A cutout at the top of the screen where Apple has a camera and sensors parts. The cutout creates two ‘ears’ on the upper part of the screen display.
- Edge-to-edge display isn’t new. Samsung has had this feature on the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8.
2 - New Gestures
- The iPhone X has a whole new system of gestures and swipes to learn, including learning how to compensate for the missing home button.
- For example, the control center is accessed by swiping down on the left ‘ear’. Notifications are located by swiping down on the right ‘ear’. Closing apps requires swiping up from the bottom to access the multi-tasking interface. Siri is activated by holding down one of the side buttons.
- These gestures are reported to be more difficult to perform one handed, which may be a consideration for people with smaller hands.
3 - OLED Screen
- The iPhone X has an amazing colorful and sharp display made possible by using an OLED display with more than 2 million pixels.
- OLED suppliers are in short demand, which is causing the iPhone X availability to be delayed and likely limited.
- OLED screens have been available on Samsung devices for years, so for many Android users, OLED is nothing new.
4 - Face ID
- The iPhone X uses Face ID, rather than Touch ID to recognize your face so it automatically unlocks when you look at it. The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus do not have Face ID.
- Face ID uses 3-D imagery that Apple claims is more secure, even when your face is masked.
- Facial recognition technology isn’t new in smartphones. For example, happens to also be one of the key features of the Galaxy Note 8.
5 - Animated Emojis
- Apple is introducing a new feature called Animoji, which creates short clips of your own emotions and allows you to send them as emoji’s in iMessage.
- This feature uses Apple’s facial recognition technology, which will help the emoji remember the exact expressions you’re making.
- There are several emoji’s ready to take on your emotions, including the poop emoji. Eww.
6 - Dual Lens and a Better ‘Selfie’ Camera
- In addition to the camera upgrades also included in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X has a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a second tele-photo lens for zooming.
- The dual camera was previously only available on the larger iPhone 7 Plus.
- The front-facing ‘selfie’ camera is greatly improved to what Apple is calling a TrueDepth camera.
7 - Price
- All of the technology packed into the iPhone X comes at a steep price.
- The iPhone X is $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB without a contract. Apple Care+ is also more expensive at $199.
- That puts the iPhone X in the high end price range along with the Galaxy Note 8, which is just under $1,000.
Even with the high price tag, the impressive list of features makes the iPhone X irresistible for early adopters, die hard Apple fans, and some professional photographers.
For us practical baby boomers, myself included, the iPhone X is testing both the value we but on smartphones, and our willingness to pay for the best the Apple has to offer.
If you’re over 50 and own an iPhone, make sure you check out my FREE ebook, 10 iPhone Features Everyone Over 50 Should Know.