Reasons I'm Not Buying an iPhone X (or iPhone 8)

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With the introduction of the iPhone X, Apple shined a new spotlight on a decades-old technology that has never worked well on the phone: facial recognition for things like unlocking and paying with the device. As CEO Tim Cook recently said, the $999 iPhone X is a "value price" relative to all the technology packed inside.

The improvements in the 8s over the previous generation of iPhones and their pricing under $1,000 will be attractive to many Apple users, said Andreas Scherer, managing partner at Salto Partners. Its tests showed the iPhone 8-Plus outperforming the 7-Plus by 67% when running the 3DMark IS graphics benchmark, by 28% when running the popular Geekbench 3 CPU benchmark in single-core mode and by 84% when running Geekbench 3 in multi-core mode.

GMA anchor Robin Roberts said "you knew this was coming", before reading off the Twitter users' question about the considerable price tag.

Apple announced the iPhone X last week, and it will be available to pre-order October 27, and ready for shipping November 3. The research firm points out that the iPhone X component cost is $581.

Within the first couple days of experiencing this, Apple replaced my first review unit with a second one, but that one proved to be problematic, too. If you add these costs, Apple's profit margins on the iPhone X aren't going to be that high. This capability will be extended to the front camera for selfies in the iPhone X.

Matthew Panzarino focused on the iPhone 8 camera improvements in his review, hailing the feature for having no shutter lag and highly improved flash image quality.




Face ID isn't the only issue of contention surrounding the iPhone X; there's also that $999 starting price. It features a vertical dual camera system on the back. While on the subject of cameras, the iPhone 8 Plus has two new sensors and a new feature called Portrait Lighting.

The iPhone X supports wireless charging based on Qi standard, and fast-charging technology.

"So the 8 improves enough on the most important aspects of a phone - the display, the camera, performance and reliability - to make me recommend it over the iPhone 7, even if you can pick up the latter for less", he wrote.

Geoffrey Fowler said the glass design on the iPhone 8 isn't as good as the design from the iPhone 4.

A report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says when a new iPhone goes on pre-orders, the demand tends to be so strong that there is a 3-6 weeks of shipping delay.

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