The iPhone X goes on sale tomorrow. And though I’m an Apple user who owns several of their products, I won’t be hurrying to buy the latest gadget. I’m not opposed to eventually buying it, but there are many valid reasons to not rush the process.
It’s a Significant Investment, and Probably Won’t Work Flawlessly at First
Before the keynote event, rumors were swirling that the iPhone X would cost $1,000 — and it was true. Anyone who’s paying that much probably wants a phone that works perfectly. Apple engineers put the products through rigorous testing. But whenever a new operating system or gadget comes out, reports of major to minor problems tend to follow.
For example, the iPad 2 had a problem that was evident when the device was on, and the screen was black. The border of the display had patches of light around it. People to complained about “screen bleeding.” Similarly, MacBook Pros made from 2011 to 2013 had video-related issues related to the GPU. That issue was so extensive that Apple had to offer a repair program.
One of the fastest ways to feel buyer’s remorse is to spend a thousand dollars on a product and realize it has a flaw. Apple tends to tackle bugs and other mishaps quickly — once issues become evident. The fact is, even when extensive testing occurs, it’s often the users who report problems.
By waiting to buy the latest iPhone instead of running out to buy it, you’ll be more aware of the initial issues. You’ll be able to gauge whether you view them as gigantic problems or shortcomings you can handle. Apple products are wildly popular, and you can be sure there’ll be no shortage of feedback about the iPhone X. One of the smartest things you can do as a potential buyer is become devoted to reading opinions regularly as they come in from bloggers and reviewers.
There Are Unanswered Questions About the Face ID Feature
One of the most memorable parts of the recent Apple keynote speech was a demonstration of the Face ID feature. But that’s not because the feature worked as intended. Face ID is supposed to unlock the gadget upon recognizing the owner’s face. However, during the presentation, it failed twice, and presenters had to quickly bring out a backup model. The second phone worked, but there are still some qualms about this capability of the phone.
Apple has not been forthcoming about how exactly the feature works, and the lack of knowledge has caused some people in the cybersecurity community to give mixed reviews about Face ID. The critics warn it’s best to wait and see how Face ID performs in real-world environments before deciding to get a phone that includes it.
Also, people who are already used to the Touch ID sensor might find Face ID doesn’t fit as smoothly into their routines. Touching the Home button is something Apple users do naturally, but they might not always want to hold their phones in front of their faces to unlock them in certain environments. The iPhone X doesn’t have a Touch ID sensor because it’s not compatible with the phone’s screen.
So, if you don’t like using Face ID, switching to Touch ID is not an option. Furthermore, Apple has discussed things it has done to ensure the feature still works if people change their looks. The best way to confirm that’s true is for people to consistently use their phones as they change hairstyles or wear makeup in a new way, and in most cases, that’ll only occur after a few months of ownership.
You Might Have to Wait a While Before Owning It
The pre-order period for the iPhone X starts tomorrow, Oct. 27, and the first shipments go out Nov. 3. However, multiple reports indicate the time frame might change, and you could be waiting until well into 2018 to get yours. The hefty price is inconvenient enough for many people within the target market. It’s even worse to not have a clear idea of when the phone will arrive.
A Pricey Smartphone Is a Commitment
The price aside, deciding to buy a new smartphone is a decision you should make cautiously. For example, you might want to research competing phones to see if they offer more of the features you’re after at a lower price. Be sure your mobile carrier is still the best option.
There’s also something very specific to decide that relates directly to the iPhone X. How much storage you want or need. The phone comes in a 64 or 256 GB version. The smaller choice is probably what you’ll gravitate toward if you’re trying to keep the cost as low as possible. However, you could reach a very frustrating conclusion if it turns out you opted for the 64 GB version, and it’s not large enough to match your usage habits.
Do adequate research about how the iPhone X would fit into your lifestyle. People who want the best chance of being among the first iPhone X owners likely won’t succeed at their goal. Pre-ordering is key when wanting the latest tech device. For the rest of us, waiting is wise, due to the reasons you’ve just read and others.