Is the new iPhone X worth it?

By MUHAMMED ZOUABI, Guest Writer

Apple recently unveiled their newest iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone X, as the tenth year anniversary iteration, but does it maintain what Apple represents as a company?

For a company that prides itself on aesthetics, Apple is taking a step back with the iPhone X. While some may not mind the protruding speaker bar that occupies the top part of the screen, many including myself see it as an eyesore that is stuck in the peripheral vision of the user. It is understandable that Apple is trying to compete with the like of Samsung by optimizing screen size and reducing bezel, but the lack of a more elegant solution results in a phone that lacks the symmetrical beauty of previous iPhones.

Following the trend that they set last year, Apple yet again stripped the iPhone of a piece of hardware that everyone uses, the home button. They replaced the function that the home button served with gestures that would need some getting used to and is definitely slower than what a physical button can do. The change results in a less intuitive and more frustrating user experience. The gesture that used to summon the control center now take you back to the home screen. Switching between apps, which used to only require the user to double tap the home button, is now accomplished by swiping up and holding your finger at the center of the screen. The command center only comes down if you swipe down from the right, and the notification tray comes down if you swipe down from the left.

This all could have been remedied by putting a button under the screen to maintain all of the functionality of older iPhones. Apple is known to make products that simple to use, so why is the company taking something that has already been done in a simple way and making it more complicated?

With the removal of the home button comes the removing of Touch ID, or using your fingerprint to unlock the device. It seems strange that Apple would take out feature that has been implemented in most of its recent devices. A fingerprint scanner could easily have been placed on the back of the phone or even on the lock button, which can lead to an even more intuitive experience. Touch ID was very accurate and fast, and seeing it taken away is a real shame as it is one of the best fingerprint readers on a mobile device.

The iPhone X has added some features, such as improved cameras, processing power, wireless charging, and unlocking your phone with facial recognition, but these have already been seen on other devices. Are these features worth Apple’s asking price of 1,000 dollars for the base model considering issues of aesthetics and functionality? The answer is no. I believe that Apple is over charging for some improved features while taking away so much of what the iPhone is.