iPhone X: Worth $1,000?

Emma Lazerson, Views Editor

Less than a decade ago, I received my first phone.  It had a (semi) touch screen, a sliding keyboard and was the coolest piece of hardware available for 12-year-olds.

Today, everyone seems to own a smartphone.

In response to ever-growing demand, Apple recently announced the release of both the new iPhone 8 (and 8 plus), selling from anywhere between $699-949, depending on gigabytes and other features, as well as the iPhone X—sporting a new look and a $999 price tag.

The iPhone 8 is set for an earlier release toward the end of September.  Overall, the two phones are similar, though the X offers facial recognition technology and the 8 only offers touch recognition.

Inevitably many people will rush to the stores on Nov. 3 or fly to their computers to purchase the new iPhone X with its refined Roman numeral, which must change the game.  Right?

According to Forbes, the new iPhone X possesses features like two cameras, one with zoom, a full screen and Animoji—which are animated emojis, as the name suggests.

It also eliminates its classic home button.  It’s encased in glass on both sides—though Apple swears that the glass is the most durable they’ve ever produced.

Some people can’t wait to get their hands on the latest tech, but for senior Kylie Chiapelli, the appeal is lacking.

“I intend to keep my iPhone 7…I don’t see the point in getting a new phone until the one you have is broken,” she said.  “The new iPhones are extremely expensive and I’d rather spend my money on other things.”

For others, like senior Anna Hicks, the phone’s new features outweigh the actual cost.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the arrival of iPhone X in early September.

“The facial recognition feature really stands out to me,” she said.  “That extra security and all of the new technology has convinced me to purchase it.”