If a last-minute boost of generosity doesn’t hit Cupertino, it’s safe to say that iOS 16, which was recently released for (all iPhones up to iPhone 8), is the last major OS update the iPhone X will receive.
I think it is easy to agree with the statement that iPhoneX It was and is the biggest phone launch since the original iPhone, so of course this is a tribute story to one of the biggest phones ever made, and I’ll do my best to point out what made the iPhone X It was as important as it was.
The catch here is that there’s a small chance that iOS 16 won’t be the last update the iPhone X will receive. We’ll also discuss whether iPhone X users should look to upgrade now or in a few months. But before that, perhaps the easiest way to gauge how important the iPhone X is to Apple and the phone market as a whole is because of the level of interest and participation it attracted from “regular people” (not us tech nerds). Up until that point, I was scrolling through YouTube when I saw a video by one of the great storytellers of today’s generation, Casey Neistat. It was November 3rd and Casey was hanging around New York (as he does), talking to people on the street (as he does), but this time there were hundreds of them and they were waiting in line… to buy the brand. new iPhone X.
We’re talking about long lines of 200-300 people (depending on the video), some of whom had been waiting since 4 a.m. Tents, inflatable mattresses, and a lot of patience and enthusiasm, all for an iPhone.
But not just any iPhone. The iPhone X (at this point, everyone thought the “X” was pronounced like the letter, which somehow made it more epic)…
Having changed Apple and Android forever, the iPhone X is the most important phone since the original iPhone.
It’s important to note that a lot of people waiting in line to buy a new iPhone would simply sell it on eBay. But still, interest in the iPhone X was far greater than any iPhone that came after it (people used to wait in line to get older iPhones, but that’s because… different times). YouTube videos with millions of views and even television coverage of the iPhone X (Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and news channels in the US all talked about Apple’s new phone) were a clear indicator of the powerful Apple’s marketing machine. But the iPhone X wasn’t the most important phone since the original iPhone just because it generated hype (looking at you, Nothing Phone).
Even in 2017, it was very rare to see a phone that would fundamentally change the way we interact with it, and the iPhone X did just that. Here’s a reminder of how he did it…
The Notch and Face ID forever changed the way we look at the iPhone (literally)
What’s the move?! Apple’s iPhone X reveal could be the most iconic phone launch in the last ten years.
The iPhone X wasn’t the first phone with a “notch,” but it was certainly the device that made it mainstream and “cool.” The notch’s appearance wasn’t exactly inevitable, as Cupertino could have moved Touch ID to the side of the iPhone and still have an edge-to-edge iPhone. However, Tim Cook & Co had something else in mind, requiring almost all of the space at the top of the “X”: Face ID. Again, face unlock has been around on Android phones for a long time, but Apple went all the way and did it. Correct. Face ID wasn’t an afterthought of a feature you could use in conjunction with your fingerprint reader, but rather a sophisticated 3D scanning system that was now the only method of unlocking the iPhone.
Granted, it took Apple a while to perfect the software side of things, but today Face ID works like magic (except when it doesn’t, which is when I’m trying to unlock my phone in bed, for example). Still, Face ID managed to turn even the hardiest of Touch ID advocates into a Face ID fanatic. It’s a seamless experience, and as Apple likes to say…it just works.
The iPhone X’s new gesture navigation system meant Apple’s home button and Android’s capacitive touch buttons weren’t lost
It feels good!
Before iPhone X, navigation through iPhone was done through the home button and navigation through Android through capacitive/virtual buttons. Ah, ancient times!
But Apple absolutely nailed executing the new era of UI navigation with simple gestures that we’ve all grown to love. Swipe up to go home, long press to multitask, and swipe to the side to go back; it was always meant to be that way.
And of course, this is the one feature of the iPhone X that literally every Android phone later adopted, which is a big reason Android fans (like me) would want to thank Cupertino… for once!
The iPhone X was the first $1,000 iPhone, opening the floodgates for a plethora of future super premium and super expensive iPhones and Android phones.
Sure, the notch, Face ID, and the new gesture navigation system are the most obvious game-changing features that the iPhone X brought to the table. In fact, the iPhone X came with many other firsts for Apple in particular: It was the first iPhone with an OLED screen and the first iPhone to have a large screen but a compact size.
- The iPhone X was the first iPhone (or just phone) to break the $1,000 price barrier, which had an absolutely massive influence on future iPhone launches and Apple’s price segmentation, but also on Android.
- 2017’s iPhone X kicked off the trend of $1000+ phones, practically becoming the reason why Samsung I thought it was okay to throw in the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra in 2022…
Is iOS 16 the last major software update for the iPhone X or… is it? Apple could be preparing a surprise!
The iPhone X is iconic.
So yes… the iPhone X was and is the most important smartphone after the original iPhone. As you can see, it changed both Apple and Android forever and in many ways. But what’s on the horizon for those who still have an iPhone X?
Well, for starters, amazing news! iOS 16 may not be the last update for your five-year-old iPhone. Sure, the possibilities aren’t huge, but if you think about it, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all launched at the same time and run on the same A11 Bionic chip, which means their software support should too. finish simultaneously. Correct?
That could be what will happen, but it could also be that Apple decides to keep the much more modern-looking iPhone X up to date for another year! The first reason is exactly that the iPhone X has a more modern design compared to the old iPhone 8, but the other reason is that the iPhone X actually comes with 3 GB of RAM, while the smaller iPhone 8 has only 2. GB of RAM.
Unlike Android, in the Apple world, 1GB of RAM can make a world of difference, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Cupertino succeeds and decides to upgrade the iPhone X to iOS 17. In the end, the iPhone 6S wasn’t supposed to either. it got iOS 15, but it did, which means it got six years of major iOS updates.
Samsung wants iPhone X owners to jump the fence and buy a Galaxy S22, but what if they want to “wait”?
I guess this is the time to give Apple flowers for the long software support it provides for iPhone. The iPhone X works remarkably well for a five-year-old phone, as does my iPhone 8, which I was using up until a few months ago before upgrading to the iPhone 13 mini. However, the truth is that the iPhone X and iPhone 8 are not the fastest phones out there. Not to mention, the battery and cameras on those phones are pretty bad by today’s standards.
So what are the upgrade options for iPhone X owners?
Of course, you can opt for one of the new iPhone 14 models or even iPhone 14 Probut the big reason for omitting them is that the iPhone 15 The series is expected to bring some big changes: iPhone 15 is expected to adopt Dynamic Island from iPhone 14, while iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15Ultra could bring periscope zoom cameras
But for fans of the iPhone X design, you’d be lucky to find out that it’s not going anywhere just yet. According to multiple sources, the upcoming iPhone SE Gen 4 is expected to (finally) adopt the design of the iPhone X or rather the iPhone XR in particular. That’s great for those who prefer the iPhone X’s curvy design (like me).
Or you know, you can buy a Galaxy or a Pixel. If you ask Samsung, you should definitely “jump the fence”, so… grab a ladder. Or you know, wait.