I love technology that makes my life easier, rather than for it’s own sake. I use an iPhone (having moved from the deteriorating and diminishing selection of Windows mobile phones) because I use Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. iPhones were/are the only phone platform that allowed me to use all aspects of Outlook easily without having to buy any separate apps. Although on the iPhone it is separated into Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, & Notes, it allows me automatically synchronize with Outlook on our computers. It happens in real time and there is no need to intervene. Life made easier!
I used and iPhone 4s for about 5 years, until it died at the beginning of the year. I replaced it with an iPhone 6s, not wanting to have to deal with the iPhone 7’s wireless earpieces and a phone I thought was too big to fit comfortably in my pocket.
To be honest, I’m not that impressed with the previews I have seen of the iPhone X. It seems to me that Apple is developing new products to maintain the Apple brand exclusivity, and to keep the Apple acolytes enthralled, rather than developing technology to make life easier for everyday users.
I wonder if Apple is losing sight of the fact that the iPhones are phones primarily, and miniature multimedia machines second. How is the phone reception when away from the metropolitan centres? Can I connect it to a cradle with an outside antenna on my car to improve phone reception in the country? NO! The OLED screen is great, but will that be a huge improvement in my experience on a small screen? NO.
It’s great that I can read emails, and look at the internet, but that is secondary. Will the new wider glass and glass back make it more fragile in my pocket? (Even more breakages than before.) Will Apple post error messages on the phone if a 3rd party repairer works on the new more fragile iPhone, or even try and cancel the warranty because they didn’t do the work? Will they stop the phone from connecting to 3rd party accessories?
Aa Brendan said, the facial recognition didn’t work first time in ideal conditions after rigorous and extensive testing to ensure everything worked. If it fails then, what will it be like in the real world?
I hope it is more effective and efficient than the fingerprint scanner, which seems to only work at best 50% of the time over multiple of my fingerprints. I have to regularly delete and re-install my fingerprints as the scanning success seems to diminish with time.
I am concerned about the security of facial recognition embedded in portable device. As it is contactless, if a iPhone X were stolen, the thief could surreptitiously approach the owner (say in a crowded situation), and the phone would unlock. Bingo! Total access to the phone and contents in moments without the owner even being aware their phone is gone.
Is it worth the premium pricing? I guess if you are an acolyte or a video blogger then it is. But for me? No.