Students prefer iPhone X over 8, but Verizon predicts 8 will outsell X

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Emmalee Smith

All information about the iPhone specs in this article can be found on Apple’s official website.

New features on the iPhone X like animojis and 3D facial recognition have BYUH students more excited for the product than its iPhone 8 counterparts. Verizon dubbed the new model the “future” of phones, but staff members predicted it would not outsell the iPhone 8, which was announced and presented with the X on Sept. 12.

Aaron, a Verizon call associate, said, “They’re making 10,000 devices per month of each iPhone, but personally I don’t think the X will be more popular than the 8.”

The 8 does not have the facial recognition or animojis, customized emojis that use cartoon animal faces that mimic expressions. Emily Gustaveson, a junior majoring in business from Utah said, “I feel like the animojis are one of the cool, new features that I like, but I feel like that could be an update, instead of a new feature.”

The 8 still has a home button below the touch screen, while the X will have no home button–users use facial recognition to unlock the phone and “intuitive gestures,” such as familiar swipes to go from your home screen to anywhere on the iPhone. It also has augmented reality apps and games.

Maddy Hubbard, a junior majoring in psychology from California said, “The 8 is meh, but the 10 is super cool and I want to make an emoji of my face.”

The iPhone X is said to have a new glass design which has a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer and is water and dust resistant with a 5.8-inch super retina screen covering the whole front except for a small part at the top for the camera and speaker.

The iPhone X includes an oleophobic coating that makes it easier to wipe off smudges and fingerprints and is the first iPhone to be able to charge wirelessly. It also has redesigned speakers that are 25 percent louder with a deeper bass.

Jofre Downs, a sophomore majoring in computer science from Arizona, said, “I think [Apple is] pushing the boundaries of what phones can do, especially the full screen and the facial recognition which is really awesome.”

The iPhone X introduces Apple’s latest invention, “truetone,” which are retina display screens that will automatically adjust the white balance for the camera. The colors will show better hues and more vibrant colors. Along with the glass, the X also has an aluminum band around the phone that provides better protection.

Aaron’s advice for iPhone X buyers is “wait until the holidays to see if there are any trade-in promotions or deals. The first two months is also when [Apple] figures out if there are any bugs or anything wrong with the phone, so it might be better to wait until after then.”

The iPhone 8 has the A11 Bionic, which includes six cores, compared to four with the iPhone 7’s chip, the A10 Fusion. This will increase the performance speed by 25 percent and the efficiency speed by 70 percent. Also, it has faster sensors, more filters and an actual portrait mode unlike the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch screen, is sold at $699, and the iPhone 8 Plus, with a 5.5-inch screen, is available for $799. The X is starting at $999, available for pre-order on October 27, and available for purchase on November 3. 

Date Published: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Thursday, September 28, 2017