Tech Review: A New iPhone! ‘Meh.’


William Jin, Staff Writer

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The iPhone has been one of the most influential inventions of the century.

It was so shocking that it sent the world into a frenzy. First came the businesses. Before the iPhone, most software businesses were slow and lazy, but when it was invented it in 2012, whether or not it had a smartphone was the crucial factor that decided if it would sink or swim. Everyone suddenly wanted one. In that one year, Apple earned over $200 million off iPhones only, according to the “New York Times.” No matter what you say, the iPhone changed the history of electronics forever for better or for worse.

For years now, the announcement of new iPhones has been a huge thing. Millions of people were amazed at the better graphics and faster loading times of the iPhone2, which got even better. This year, a new iPhone called the iPhone X has been announced, but strangely, no one has really cared. Here’s why:

First of all, the new iPhone isn’t all that breathtaking. Yes, the 2 million pixel screen is a step up from the 1 million pixel screen of the iPhone 8, but the difference really isn’t enough for consumers to see. Yes, maybe the cat video you are watching might be slightly more fuzzy, but it doesn’t really matter.

Another feature of the iPhone X that has been advertised a lot is the facial recognition feature. Again, this system will probably prove faster than the fingerprint method in previous iPhones, but this isn’t all that big of a change. Even though it might be better than putting your thumb over the home button, it’s not that big of a difference.

Again, no one really cares.

This goes for the other features such as wireless charging, animoji(ugh) and the brand new cameras. The changes that CNBC documents just aren’t big enough to notice.

Second of all, many people have been criticizing the loss of the headphone jack in the iPhone 7. This “upgrade,” many claim, is not an upgrade at all. By forcing people to only use one outlet for all their needs, Apple is forcing people to buy wireless headphones that cost quite a bit. This has caused the trust for the company to diminish. The same goes for the new wireless chargers.

Many people are worried that if they want to get a wireless charger, Apple will overcharge them.

All of these factors spell trouble for the iPhone X. I know some people might be hyped, but I’m more excited for Madden 2017.

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36 Responses to “Tech Review: A New iPhone! ‘Meh.’”

  1. Evelyn Chudowsky on February 15th, 2018 9:49 am

    Great article!I agree with what you said about the new I phone X. I think that the facial recognition is a plus for some people, but I prefer the home button.

  2. Graham Zemel on March 6th, 2018 1:36 pm

    Yeah, I agree also. Some things are better just how they are, but still, apple has a good marketing technique.

  3. anna maiolo on February 15th, 2018 9:49 am

    I agree that the iphone x was “meh” but the upgrades such as animoji, 2 million pixel screen, and facial recognition are a huge step in the iphone business. Maybe if they had all those things on the iphone 8 it would be better.

  4. Madison Mayr on February 15th, 2018 9:51 am

    I agree. I don’t think the i phone x is very cool. To make more people buy they should probably lower the price and add more features. I think the only cool things about it is the camera and animoji.

  5. Elli Gabrielson on February 15th, 2018 10:05 am

    I’m surprised about how it can be harder or easier withe the new iPhone.

  6. Emelie Engstrom on February 15th, 2018 10:05 am

    I really liked the article!
    I was actually wondering why the iPhone X isn’t so popular, and now I have some answers.
    If you’d have to add something, it’d be more comparisons between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

  7. Raj on February 15th, 2018 2:16 pm

    The X isn’t as big an it has more features.

  8. Raj on February 15th, 2018 10:06 am

    I do think the iPhone x is not the best by far. I’m good with tech and I could see that the Androids this year have been much more advance. Some good working Androids are only 80 US dollars and the tech in that equally matches some of the more new iPhone’s. One thing I don’t like about the new apple products is that the model is horrible. The back of an iPhone is glass. When you break it for an iPhone x (10) it cost 599 US dollars to replace. For an Android it cost less than 20 because the backs of Androids pop off. There are many more pro’s and cons to both companies, but i’m more or less with the Android and not the X.

  9. Cooper Levinson on February 15th, 2018 11:00 am

    I agree with you Raj because Apple acts like they’re more advanced with everyone when really they’re just more expensive and is not as good as you see them on TV commercials unlike Android phone have far suppressed Apple.

  10. Cabry Lueker on February 15th, 2018 2:29 pm

    Nope. Not even close to true. Androids just sour they cant beat Apple and make their phones HANDMADE instead of robots and high-tech machinery making them.

  11. Peter Loranger on March 6th, 2018 12:32 pm

    Personally, I believe that the changes made to the iPhones over the past years have been very foolish. While the subtraction of the aux jack made users buy more Apple product, it decreased my trust in iPhones if I have to buy another cord just to use my headphones. Apple air-pods cost $159, which is outrageous when I can just buy from a different company for $50! Overall, I think that android phones are much more user friendly currently.

  12. joey rissberger on March 6th, 2018 11:10 am

    i completely disagree basically because android is not 80 dollars

  13. Logan Goodman on February 15th, 2018 10:10 am

    I agree that not many people care about the new features. I think this article is very informative. I have seen the iPhone X but like it said in the article, the new features don’t really bother me. The only feature that I truly love, is the portrait mode, but again, this feature is available for many other phones.

  14. Cabry Lueker on February 15th, 2018 10:22 am

    I completely disagree because one, now being 2018, the iPhone X is HUGE. It is very popular and has made lots of revenue for Apple (who is almost has a net worth of 1 trillion.) It has become so big that apple has officially released the fact that there is no more Touch ID and the iPhone X “is the future”. It may be expensive, but its DEFINITELY worth buying.

  15. Cooper Levinson on February 15th, 2018 11:01 am

    Just because apple says they’re the “future” doesn’t mean they are

  16. Cabry Lueker on February 15th, 2018 2:15 pm

    No it doesn’t but it changes a lot and beats Samsung!

  17. Raj on February 15th, 2018 2:15 pm

    It is but the thing is that it cost a lot of money and a lot of other companies had these features before the X did so its not that good. My uncle has the iPhone x and when he bought it first he had a lot of problems with it. So even if it is popular not the best choice

  18. joey rissberger on March 6th, 2018 11:06 am

    but the features were not as good as they are now they basically just rushed it

  19. Peter Loranger on March 6th, 2018 12:35 pm

    I disagree, the removal of the home button or touch ID alienates customers who already loved the old system. I think that Apple shouldn’t change things so quickly!

  20. Alex St. Andre on March 6th, 2018 1:59 pm

    I agree with Cabry because the i phone X has so many new features that many phones have never had so I think it is a win for apple

  21. ruby kantor on February 15th, 2018 10:55 am

    I totally agree! People get so excited over a phone that looks completely different than all of the others but sometimes the new features don’t even work as well. I’ve heard people say that the face ID only works 70% of the time. That’s crazy that there a lot of glitches because this new IPhone is so expensive!

  22. Cooper Levinson on February 15th, 2018 10:56 am

    I very much agree because Apple is not the company it used to be. All they do is get more expensive and not as good. Many Android phones already have facial recognition much faster than Apple’s. What Apple calls the “future” already came about and all they do is sit and wait until other company’s make a mistake in which they take their place. This proves that Apple is slowing down and they have to pay attention to this and not just increase market prices.

  23. Frankie O'Brien on February 15th, 2018 11:02 am

    I think that apple was trying to be more like samsung’s galaxy, with the new design and all.

  24. Tessa Cassell on February 15th, 2018 11:03 am

    I agree with this article. When the fist phones came out in 2012, everyone was buying and talking about them. It changed jobs, companys, and more. Everyone had a iPhone. Know apple comes out with the iPhone x and I only know 2 people who have one. My dad only resonantly upgraded his iPhone from the 4 to the 6, and honestly I don’t know if he sees much of a difference. While the new iPhone x is cool and very high tech. It’s to expensive. Plus the iPhone x can be very confusing on how it works and how to set it up. Thanks to this article I know realize how silly it is to waste so much money on something that really won’t make a big difference in my life.

  25. Rodrigo Watanabe on February 15th, 2018 12:09 pm

    I totally agree with this article. At first in the beginning, the Iphone was a huge step for technology. It got better and better, but as it got better, it was getting old and alot of useful features got removed (headphone feature, etc). I would say it is meh, but it is a MAJOR step-up from its brother, the Iphone VIII (8), with facial recognition, wireless charging, and 2 million pixel screen. But then again, the good ol’ home button was removed, making all future models of the Iphone flawed. Its getting to complicated, and too old. There really is no difference on other scales of iphones I realize from this article that spending a wacko amount of money on a way complicated device isn’t necessary. Its just silly.

  26. Gabriela de Brito on February 15th, 2018 2:36 pm

    I agree and disagree with this article. The iPhone X seems really cool at first with all its new features, facial recognition, 2 million pixel screen, animoji, and the amazing camera, but really it’s too expensive and breaks very easily. I also know a few people with the iPhone X and they all say it is actually reliable and not at all a waste of money. But overall everyone has their own opinion on the new iPhone.

  27. Hayden on March 6th, 2018 8:33 am

    Why doesn’t apple add a headphone jack to their newer phones, because people like the new features of the IPhone X and 8 because of the amount of storage you can get but not having a headphone jack is just a pain to people.

  28. Alix Rawald on March 6th, 2018 10:57 am

    I found “Before the iPhone, most software businesses were slow and lazy, but when it was invented it in 2012, whether or not it had a smartphone was the crucial factor that decided if it would sink or swim.” -(Jin) kind of confusing, I thought that you were talking about the Apple company being founded. However it was about the iPhone. Perhaps you could be a bit clearer? Otherwise I love the article.

  29. Alix Rawald on March 6th, 2018 11:00 am

    Which iPhone X feature would you say stands out to you the most? Besides, what do you mean by “Again, no one really cares.”?

  30. joey rissberger on March 6th, 2018 11:04 am

    i agree with some things said but the iPhone is one of the newest advances in smart phone technology things that are not in this article is the fact that the iPhone X scans the depth of the face unlike other android phones that just see what your face looks like meaning some one cane get into the phone just by hold a picture of you to the camera to get into the phone. also the iPhone X has the best cameras on the market this is possible by the extra space that used to be a headphone jack. the iPhone X is also one of the best looking phones on the market. finally people say that apple just wants more money which is why its so expensive, the reason they make new phones like this is to get more money. your not gonna get a phone like this for any less at this day in age over the years they will become cheaper because the will be easier to make. I have been having this argument with a friend and we realized that when it comes down to it its really just a matter of opinion over the which company you like more apple or samsung

  31. Alix Rawald on March 6th, 2018 11:09 am

    I think you also really portrayed the facts really well.

  32. sydney berk on March 6th, 2018 12:16 pm

    I agree! The facial recognition only works part of the time, and who would want a phone that sometimes you cant even get into! And who would want to spend so much money on a new iPhone, when it is less expensive on another iPhone that is just as good!

  33. Maisy on March 6th, 2018 12:30 pm

    I do agree that it using wireless chargers, and headphones can be pricey. And only leaving us with one other choice kinda makes the phone, not worth getting a new phone.

  34. Maya Cohen on March 6th, 2018 1:46 pm

    I completely agree with this article even though many people I know really want the iphone X. I think the lack of head phone jack is quite annoying, and I have heard that wireless headphones are putting a lot of radiation on your brain. I don’t no about you but I think I’m done with iphones.

  35. Emma Booth on March 6th, 2018 1:47 pm

    I totally agree with the article! I see why a lot of people would want to the new iPhone because it is new, cool and looks different, i think the phone is pretty much the same as the others just added more features. I think they should lower the price if they want more people to buy the X. Yes the phone is cool but it is kinda the same as all the other ones so they should put a closer price to the other phones.

  36. Hannah on March 6th, 2018 1:50 pm

    That was a great article. I agree with why you don’t think that it is that exiting. because it seems so much cooler than it actually is

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