Apple introduced the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus yesterday and the initial reviews have suggested that the device is meant for the future. It was the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone and the company showed off its boldness by launching 3 new smartphones. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are upgraded versions of the previous iPhone 7, Apple also showed off the extra-special cherry on top with the iPhone X. When Steve Jobs had announced the first iPhone in the year 2007, it revolutionised everything a smartphone could be. The iPhone had hurled us on the path that led to what smartphones are today. While there was a minor slump in innovation after Jobs’ death, Tim Cook has sprung back into action, as if the 10th anniversary has given a new vigour in the company. But has it been successful, did Apple really innovate in the iPhone X, or will it see dismal sales again? Here’s what major technology websites and magazines have to say, based on their initial reactions.
The Verge said that The iPhone X feels like ‘The future of the smartphone’. Nilay Patel, the Editor-in-Chief of the website writes: “The screen is the star of the show, and the Face ID actually works.” He added, “The screen dictates everything about the iPhone X’s design, including its lack of a home button. This will probably be one of the most controversial things about the phone among iPhone users, but Apple has done a lot of work to make iOS feel natural without a home button.” About the design and build, Patel wrote, “The back of the phone is less unique than the front. It’s the same glass and metal sandwich as the iPhone 8, with dust and water resistance and wireless charging based on the Qi standard.”
Meanwhile. CNET‘s first impressions were more about the camera. It said, “The iPhone X is Apple’s only new device to nab optical image stabilization for both rear 12-megapixel camera lenses, a portrait mode on the front-facing camera (despite having just one lens and not two), and – more breezily – a new feature to animate emojis.” It also added, “It’s clear that Apple is prepping iPhone users to wave goodbye to the home button, by framing its dismissal as a feature. But until we can thoroughly test it to see how well it actually works, we’re dubious if this is an empty upsell. If it does work well, you can bet Samsung will step up its game to make its own facial recognition software secure enough for mobile payments (right now, that’s just iris scanning and the fingerprint reader).”
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An early verdict by TechRadar said that The iPhone X is a sensational-looking iPhone – but it obviously comes at a huge cost. The iPhone X is one of the most exciting phones released this decade – but not because it offers anything particularly innovative or new. It’s exciting because it’s the most radical redesign of an iPhone yet, tying together a number of key trends in the industry and adding to a level of polish that will attract legions of Apple fans to upgrade, and spend another couple of years in the iCycle. It said, “Question marks remain over Face ID as a way of unlocking the phone, but if your face truly does get ‘learned’ over time, it could work well.”
Meanwhile, Engadget reviewed the iPhone X as ’10 years in, Apple rewrites its rule book’. Chris Velazco of Engadget writes: “The iPhone X seems a little familiar, though. Its 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display is indeed beautiful, especially up close. I originally expected the notch to bother me more at first since it’s noticeably larger than the one on Essential’s PH-1.” He adds, “Well, I was wrong. Apple has historically kept iOS’s top bar pretty clean, s it doesn’t really matter that there’s a huge chunk cut out of it.” However, he said, “Given that Apple’s competition has done an incredible job trimming the cruft from around their displays, I can’t help but feel that the iPhone X’s design doesn’t have the same kind of impact as, say, the Essential or Samsung’s recent Galaxy.