iPhone X is in its first gen. Should you buy one?

iPhone X is so drastically different from the previous iPhones, that it just didn’t feel right to treat it as the next iteration. It is the final chapter to the first installment into what the future of Apple Ecosystem will look like. Apple thinks that iPhone X marks the next stage of Smartphones and is accordingly priced and named. And that makes me wanna look for the first gen. signs in this new genre i.e. the iPhone X. Let’s Go.

Bezeless Display

This seems like a definite update. But our dream phones agreed to no Left/Right Bezels. No top/bottom chin will place the UI elements in a new position. Like the keyboard will be further down, the notification swipes further up. We will have to see how that plays out in real world use and …drop tests.

My prediction: It would be fine, given Apple went with the perfect screen size.

Face ID

First, Face ID sensors have to prove as reliable & secure as Touch ID.

Second, it has to prove the Software routine built around Face ID is as intuitive & fast as the Touch ID.

Third, Face ID has to prove as robust as Touch ID, meaning, no matter how you hold the phone, whenever you want to unlock the phone, it should unlock.

My prediction: Optimistic about first two, not so much about the third. That hardware looks rad though!

No Press to Home

When Google advocated getting rid of physical buttons, I applauded it. Software design was ditching skeuomorphism in favor of flat design, coz it didn’t make sense to imitate the physical world when you are spending most of your time interacting with virtual elements. Hence, to have a physical button as part of an interface that was saying goodbye to physical buttons didn’t seem right.

A physical home button felt more like a full stop in our App routines. It always felt like ending the job in one App and switching to another. But communication b/w apps proved multiple apps can contribute to a single JOB. Hence, Multitasking button should feel like a comma and Home button should feel like a semi-colon. The power button is the full stop. Now, whether gestures or tap is the way to go, that remains to be seen.

Fun Fact: Both approaches were originally conceived by Matias Duarte & his team. Gestures in the Web OS, and Taps in Android.

My prediction: I like gestures. But at times it may feel more cumbersome than simply forcing down the display.

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ARKit

Apple’s big new API is augmented reality and has a lot of hardware to support that. It is certainly more extensive than any other phone out there. Though it is not as extensive or capable as Google Tango, which is admittedly the Mobile AR from the future. But in 2017 Hardware, Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore is what we have to settle with. Will AR on Apple’s hardware help justify the higher price or should you wait out a year for the platform to mature remains to be seen?

My prediction: It’ll probably take at least another year before AR becomes an integral part of your Lifestyle.

Edit : Possible AR Applications make me believe that Google might just have better software and more data to better execute it. And judging on the original Pixel, the Pixel 2 hardware seems promising. Although, Google will attempt to translate all its services to ARKit on iOS.  Also, ARKit will likely attract more support from developers. 

Lightning Port

Apple spent the last year re-defining the next era of its eco-system. And they have finalized the standards they will be using with the release of their Flagship device. Lightning port on all Portables & Home Devices, USB C on the Macs, W1 Chips for wireless pairing, Qi Standard for power, & Siri, AirDrop & AirPlay to tie them all. Is this the best eco-system functionally & economically?

My prediction: Apple’s Software plays well in its ecosystem. But the very existence of USB-C to LIGHTNING dongle doesn’t speak well for that decision. While Apple has poorly communicated its decision to choose the lightning port, it won’t matter to you much unless you invest in LIGHTNING PORT peripherals.

Pricing

An iOS device with a bezel-less OLED display, AR capabilities, the plethora of depth &  light sensors at the front and 60 fps 4k Video has no precedence. It is a new generation of devices. Hence Apple could’ve priced it whatever the hell they wanted. Now how this pricing plays out in the market remains to be seen.

My prediction: Pricing is possibly the biggest downside, decisively not worth it. iPhone X pricing suddenly made bezel less display a novelty, rather than a characteristic of a 2017 Smartphone.

iPhone X is Apple’s statement of what the next gen. of Smartphones will be like. Apple is playing with a lot of new hardware & whether it is all rightly integrated and priced, should be tested before being bought. If history is any indication, Apple has always fucked up their first gen. devices.

iPhone X pricing suddenly made bezel less display a novelty, rather than a characteristic of a 2017 Smartphone.

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Author: Abhishek Agarwal

"My most clear memories are those of the moments which seemed to cause a cognitive development in me."

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