The iPhone X Failed? Did nobody else see that? iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus initial impressions

The iPhone X flaking out totally reminds me of the time when Windows 98 bailed on Bill Gates on CNN. Not quite as embarrassing but it’s pretty close. The most exciting feature for the new iPhones? Probably Face ID but not for the reasons you may think.

So these new iPhones. Are they really a big deal?

For me, I’m going to say it’s a big upgrade if you’re using anything older than an iPhone 6s. For all the iPhone 7’s out there, the upgrade is going to be marginal between the 7 and 8 and the iPhone X.

How did I come to this conclusion? Well, I came up with a scoring system and scored everything since the iPhone 6 the same way. Seriously, I did that.

So if you have an iPhone 6s, the iPhone 8 is going to be 1.5 times better, the iPhone 8 Plus 1.6 times better, the iPhone X is going to be 1.8 times better.

If you’re brave and still have an iPhone 6, the iPhone 8 is going to be 2.3 times better, 2.6 times better and the iPhone x is going to be 2.9 times better in terms of pure hardware features.

Now, if you’ve got an iPhone 7, the differences are much smaller with the iPhone 8 being 1.2 times better, the iPhone 8 Plus 1.3 times and the iPhone X being 1.4 times better.

Now these numbers are just based on the hardware features listed by Apple. I am planning on doing speed tests with the new iPhone once I get them for a more “real world” test so stay tuned.

As I mentioned a couple of minutes ago, the biggest change for the iPhone 8’s in terms of specs and features from my perspective are the cameras. I take a lot of photos and videos so Portrait Lighting, 4k video at 24 fps and 60fps, 1080p slow @240 fps and the new IR FaceID Cameras are the primary reasons I think one would upgrade to the iPhone X. Because everybody needs to be able to map their face to a crap emoji.

The only other standout feature is the fast charging which gets you 50% in 30 mins.

Every other change is marginal in my opinion. Sure the screen is nice but that black bar at the top is going to bother me. It’s like staring at this piece of art with a finger in front of your left eye.

So my initial thoughts on the 8 and X? The X looks cool, the 8 might look cool with the glass back, basically it’s going to be a large, rounded iPhone 4.

Now onto FaceID. It’s not going to seem like much now but I think the technology is going to modify how we interact not just our phones but with our computers and basically any other electronic appliance. The feature that stood out to me was that Face ID would unlock when your attention was given to the iPhone.

I can’t wait for the Face ID camera to make to the laptops because being able to track my attention means will eliminate some of the mouse activity that we have now. For example, I run several hardware monitoring widgets on my Mac. Every widget produces more information if I click it. In stead of physically moving my mouse and the pointer to open each widget, how cool would it be if I just glanced at that part of the screen and that widget just opened?

Face ID is basically another way for Apple to remove more physical interaction from your device. It started with Siri and voice, and now it’s going to be your visual attention and Face ID. It’s going to be cool what happens next.

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