After more than four weeks of living with the iPhone X, we’ve learned a lot. And it’s all right here.
After more than four weeks with the iPhone X ($1,149.00 at Apple), we’re even more convinced that it represents a bold step into the future. With innovative facial recognition capabilities, a stunning edge-to-edge OLED display and a next-generation user interface, the tenth anniversary iPhone is deserving of the hype — but it’s not for everyone.
And that’s OK, because there currently aren’t enough to go around anyway. Most stores remain sold out, and ordering online means waiting two to three weeks for delivery. To help you decide whether it’s worth the wait, here are some highlights from our full review:
Face ID works pretty well, but it’s not perfect.
The edge-to-edge OLED screen looks great — especially in the dark — but feels different to an 8 Plus ($965.00 at Amazon.com).
The thing is blazing fast, thanks to its next-generation A11 Bionic processor.
The notch isn’t a nuisance, but most apps aren’t yet optimized for it.
Living without the home button takes some adjusting, but the new swipe-based user interface is growing on us.
Portrait Mode is great; Portrait Lighting isn’t fully baked yet. (For more, check out our special feature on the front-facing camera.)
Battery life is a bit disappointing — short of what you’ll get from the iPhone 8 Plus or comparable Android models, and just barely enough to make it through a full day.
Though the first wave of new phones are now with customers, questions remain about availability. We don’t know exactly how many have been sold — though rumor has it that Apple sold six million of them over the Black Friday weekend — or when Apple stores will restock. This will likely ramp up demand and help make the iPhone X one of the most sought-after holiday gifts of 2017. In contrast, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — high-quality but incremental updates to last year’s models — haven’t made the same kind of splash.
Now that we’ve had a chance to fully size up the iPhone X, we’ll be making some detailed comparisons to rivals such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Google’s new Pixel 2 and LG V30, all of which have the potential to draw customers in from Apple’s orbit. Especially if the iPhone X proves to be too hard to find for too long. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone X.
Update, Nov. 29: This post was originally published on Sept. 26, and continues to be updated with Apple news and features.
How long will I have to wait for my iPhone X?
If you missed your chance to scoop one up on Nov. 3, you’re now looking at two to three weeks’ wait, though your results will vary based on exactly where you live and the amount of local demand. The iPhone X will likely remain in short supply until after the new year with Apple reportedly making fewer than 10,000 per day.
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How much does the iPhone X cost?
Starting at $999, £999 or AU$1,579 for the 64GB model, it’s the most expensive iPhone ever. The 256GB iPhone X costs $1,149, £1,149 or AU$1,829. Monthly payment plans from carriers are available. Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program ranges from $49 to $56 per month, which includes AppleCare+ for the 256GB model. It costs from £56 to £64 in the UK and isn’t available in Australia.
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Which carriers are offering the best iPhone X deals?
It’s not surprising that the big four US carriers aren’t giving away the iPhone X — it’s the most expensive iPhone ever, after all. But there are still some deals to be had.
Verizon is offering up to $300 in credit to iPhone X buyers who trade in a more recent model phone.
Sprint is offering a $350 credit paid out over an 18-month lease for iPhone X buyers if you trade in a qualifying phone.
Though AT&T isn’t offering a special iPhone X promotion (yet), its trade-in program offers cash toward new devices.
T-Mobile lets you trade in a qualifying iPhone (6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus) for a credit of up to $300 that can be applied to your monthly bill when you order a new iPhone X.
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What are the iPhone X’s best new features?
Apple has pulled out all the stops. The iPhone X’s most compelling new features and technologies include:
Face ID: Unlock the phone, access Apple Pay and animate “animojis” with your face. (Here’s how Face ID works.)
The OLED Super Retina display: The biggest screen ever on an iPhone.
A new chip: Apple’s A11 Bionic processor, which also powers the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Camera upgrade: The iPhone’s most advanced set of cameras feature Portrait Lighting, which simulates studio lighting for selfies, Portrait Mode with front and back cameras and Slow Sync Flash.
Longer battery life than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 ($719.99 at Amazon.com), according to Apple’s specs.
Should I buy the iPhone 8 or iPhone X?
It depends. If you’re ready to plunge into a dramatically different iPhone experience (and pay for the privilege) — or you insist on having the best cameras that money can buy — go for it. If you’re looking for a more familiar, less expensive phone, you’re better off with the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. That noted, you could also buy one of the older models that Apple still sells: the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and the now even cheaper iPhone SE.
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What can the iPhone X do that the iPhone 8 can’t?
Apple packed the iPhone X with new features and capabilities — including new camera tricks — that aren’t accessible on an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Here’s a rundown of what only the iPhone X can do:
Display HDR images on an edge-to-edge OLED display
Deliver the longest battery life that an iPhone has to offer
Dual optical image stabilization for both rear cameras
Face ID (though all iPhones could have it by 2018)
Portrait Mode with the front camera (in addition to rear cameras, which iPhone 8 Plus offers)