We're less than 24 hours away from preorders for Apple's very (very) expensive iPhone X. And while very (very) few people will be able to get their hands on Apple's flagship iPhone, it's worth taking a few moments to decide if the iPhone X is even worth all the carnage come 12:01 a.m. (PDT) October 27.
Amazing (?) New Features
Wireless charging. Better selfies. Animated poop. Apple is pulling out the stops for the iPhone X, but plenty of tech enthusiasts are concerned that the iPhone X isn't that drastically different from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — not enough to warrant its higher prices, at least.
You Aren't Going to Get One
Let's face it: If you manage to secure an iPhone X preorder, you may be better off putting that sucker on eBay and tricking out an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus with your new infusion of cash. The iPhone X is going to be extremely difficult to preorder due to high demand for a supply that seems to steadily decrease — so the Apple rumors go — as preorder day gets closer and closer. How long are you willing to go device-less (or suffer your legacy iPhone) when you can just waltz into any ol' Apple Store and grab a decently new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus?
Your Spending Won't Stop with the iPhone X
And you thought the phone was expensive. Get ready to pack on some pricey extras with your preorder, including a wireless charging dock (to take advantage of the iPhone X's new capabilities), a new case (you do NOT want to crack a $1,000+ iPhone), and some brand-new Apple AirPods (if you really hate feeling tethered with the iPhone X's included EarPods).
Have We Learned Nothing From Google?
Remember the launch of Google's Pixel 2 XL? Let's recap: Lots of pre-launch buzz; pretty solid reviews for the phone; enthusiasts proclaiming it as THE Android device to beat. And then, as launch day approached and passed, everything went to heck. The device's LG-built OLED screen wasn't quite so hot to look at with its weird, blue tint. Reports starting arriving about burn-in issues related to Android's more fixed UI elements. Others experienced a weird, high-pitched whine or odd clicking noises when using their new devices. In other words, a preordered device can quickly turn from perfect to panic. The iPhone X has a lot of new technology in it that's fun (Face ID!), but it also has some technology that has the potential to cause plenty of app developers grief (designing around "The Notch"). And that, in turn, could affect your experience with your favorite apps. If you can't get your hands on an iPhone X, perhaps it's a blessing in disguise—for now