Like every year, Apple announced a slew of iDevices this September. But this time we have three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 plus, and the iPhone X. The cheapest of them is iPhone 8’s 64GB model, priced at Rs 64,000 on Flipkart. The iPhone 8 plus starts at Rs 73,000 and the iPhone X is estimated to be over a lakh. Every time Apple launches an iPhone, there’s usually a large queue outside its stores. Things took a turn this year with only 80 people lined up at San Francisco’s Union Square, as reported by Reuters. It was similar in Sydney and London with very few queuing up to grab Apple’s latest phone. Perhaps people are waiting for iPhone X?
Demand for iPhones is usually very high (200 million, according to the Business Insider). But Apple may not be in a position to meet such a demand so soon for the iPhone X because of supply issues with components.
Then again, iPhone X costs a fortune. Is it really worth it to shell out so much money for a device that’ll be outdated in a year? Confused about which one to buy?
We’ve compiled a list to help you decide.
- iPhone X is more expensive – The most obvious reason. iPhone 8 starts at Rs 64,000, iPhone 8 plus begins at Rs 73,000. The iPhone X might start at over a lakh. You’ll be saving Rs 27,000. Use it to buy accessories.
- You won’t be getting a different front facing camera on the iPhone X – all three phones have the same front facing cameras shooting at 7MP. The iPhone X only gets a few software tweaks such as portrait lighting and animated emoticons that copy your facial features. How long before someone designs an app that does something similar?
- The rear cameras for iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X are similar- iPhone 8 plus trumps the iPhone 8 with its dual camera feature. The iPhone X overtakes the duo with optical image stabilization on both cameras whereas the iPhone 8 plus has OIS only on the wide angle camera. If you think back, iPhone 7 plus had a similar set-up and when did it ever disappoint?
- All phones support wireless charging – Seriously, consider this. There’s nothing separating the phones here. Also you’ll need to buy the charging pads separately. Remember, that Rs 27000 we mentioned for accessories?
- All phones have the same guts – Remember that insanely fast A11 Bionic chip and the M11 motion processors Apple kept mentioning? That’s on all three devices. The iPhone X uses it for face-detection – a feature not available on other iPhones.
- Face ID is not yet proved – apple said there’s one in a million chances of it failing. That means that there’s still a chance of failure! Seriously, FaceID is a cool feature, but a lot of phones have similar set-ups at lower prices. Also Face ID may be smart, but it is still not tested. We’ll only know for sure when a lot of people start using it. Smartphones have only recently tried messing around with facial detection, and as Business Insider says, you could well be a “guinea pig” for it.
What do you think of the iPhone X? Would you be buying it?