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The iPhone 8 won't get lost in the shadow of the iPhone X

The iPhone 8 won't get lost in the shadow of the iPhone X
From Engadget - September 13, 2017

In the case of the iPhone X, there's a lot of new and unproven technology that could go awry. The TrueDepth system and Face ID are unlike anything Apple has released so far, and overall it's a massive and complicated redesign of a well-established product. There's no doubt that Apple has put all of its 10-plus years of designing phones into the X, but a completely new device will almost certainly be less reliable than a time-tested design like the iPhone 8. Again, a good comparison is last year's MacBook Pro, a computer that arrived with a totally new design and was met with complaints from customers -- the 15-inch model in particular appears to have suffered from some build quality and reliability issues.

I am thinking that it's a good idea to let the bleeding-edge early adopters deal with the first-gen problems and pick up the X2 or whatever it's called in a year once things have been ironed out. As someone who's owned the original iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, I can say with confidence that Apple's first-gen products come with a lot of compromises. Going with the iPhone 8 sidesteps all these issues and saves you some cash for the year.

Speaking of cash, let's break it down: a 64GB iPhone 8 is $699 or $34.50 per month on Apple's installment plan, while an 8 Plus adds $5 each month to the equation. An X with the same storage is $999, as well all know -- but that works out to a whopping $49.91 per month. I do not know about you, but I just do not want to pay that much on top of my not-cheap wireless service plan. Yes, it's "only" $120 to $150 per year, but everyone has a breaking point. With both phones and service plans getting more expensive, plenty of people will need to draw the line somewhere.

Pricing a radically redesigned product at a premium is nothing new for Apple -- just look at the new MacBook Pro line that arrived last year, or even the first retina MacBook Pro that launched way back in 2012. For a long time, those computers sold at a premium over their lower-resolution counterparts. Eventually, though, Retina became the default. I expect the current MacBook Pro design to eventually get cheaper, and the same will happen with the iPhone X. And if you are on a yearly phone installment plan, it should be easy enough to jump ship and get a redesigned iPhone when it meets your budget (I am hoping that will happen next year, but that might be naive).

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