Apple announced three new iPhones last week: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the high-end iPhone X.
Those three phones start at $1,079, $1,229, and $1,579, respectively.
You might be thinking, “Why would I pay at least $US1,500 to own the iPhone X, when the iPhone 8 comes with many of the same features and costs hundreds of dollars less?”
This is all true — the iPhone 8 is certainly more affordable than the iPhone X — but you’d be missing out on some unique experiences if you choose the iPhone 8 over the iPhone X.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus feature 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. The iPhone X has a massive 5.8-inch display that nearly covers the entire face of the phone.
The iPhone X is the first iPhone to feature an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen, which can produce more accurate, sharper colours, and deeper blacks. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have LCD screens like previous iPhones.
The iPhone X display can also support HDR, which is a much more noticeable visual difference compared to 4K. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus displays do not support HDR.
One of the signature features of the iPhone X is Face ID: Since this is the first iPhone without a home button, your iPhone now uses cameras and sensors to detect your face -- even in the dark -- to unlock your phone. Apple claims it's more secure than Touch ID, the system used to unlock your phone on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
Compared to the FaceTime HD cameras on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system has all the same features and specs, but is capable of taking better selfies.
The iPhone X has three exclusive features on its front-facing camera: Portrait Mode Selfies, which blurs out the backgrounds of your selfies; Portrait Lighting, software that lets you remove the backgrounds in your selfies entirely, even after you've already taken the photo; and Animoji, which lets you send animated emoji that can actually mimic your facial expressions and speak using your voice.
It's easy to imagine people having a lot of fun with this feature.
The only major difference here is that the iPhone X has optical image stabilisation (OIS) for both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses in the rear camera system. The iPhone 8 Plus, which has a similar rear camera setup, only has OIS for the wide-angle lens. This change means the iPhone X can take sharper shots, especially in low-light settings.
Considering how the iPhone X is a higher-end, more futuristic iPhone compared to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, plus the fact it's going to be made in fewer quantities, expect people to pay more money should you ever decide to sell your phone in the future. When it comes to resale value, it pays to be on the bleeding edge of technology.