If the last-minute spur of generosity doesn’t hit Cupertino, it’s safe to say that iOS 16, released recently (all iPhones all the way to the iPhone 8), is the last major OS update the iPhone X will receive.
I think it is easy to accept the claim that The iPhone X was and still is the most important phone release since the original iPhone, so of course, this is a story in honor of one of the most important phones ever made, and I’ll do my best to point out what made the iPhone X just as important.
The catch here is that there’s a slight chance that iOS 16 may not be the last update the iPhone X will get. We’ll also discuss whether iPhone X users should look to upgrade now or in a few months. But before that, it is perhaps the most direct way to measure the importance of iPhone X to Apple and the phone market as a whole is by the level of interest and engagement it has attracted from “normal people” (not us, the tech geeks). To this point, I was browsing YouTube when I saw a video by one of the greatest current storytellers of our time, Casey Neistat. It was November 3rd and Casey was walking 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 iPhone The new X.
We are talking in long lines of 200-300 people (according to the video), some of whom have been waiting since 4 in the morning. Tents, inflatable mattresses, lots of patience and enthusiasm – all for your iPhone.
But not just any iPhone. iPhone X (at this point, everyone thought the ‘X’ was pronounced like a letter, which somehow made it even more epic)…
After changing Apple and Android forever, iPhone X is the most important phone since the original iPhone
It’s important to note that quite a few people waiting in line to get a new iPhone will simply flip it over on eBay. But still, interest in the iPhone X was far higher than any iPhone that came after it (people used to wait in line for older iPhones, but that’s because… different times). YouTube videos with millions of views and even TV coverage from the iPhone X (Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, news channels across the US – all talked about the new Apple phone) were a clear indication of Apple’s powerful marketing machine. But the iPhone X wasn’t the hottest phone since the original iPhone just because it made a fuss (looking at you, nothing phone).
Even in 2017, it was pretty rare to see a phone that drastically changed the way we interact with it, and the iPhone X did. Here’s a reminder of how to do it…
Notch and Face ID forever changed the way we look at the iPhone (literally)
The iPhone X wasn’t the first ‘notch’ phone, but it was definitely the device that made it popular and ‘cool’. The look of the notch wasn’t entirely inevitable because Cupertino could port Touch ID to the iPhone side and still own the iPhone from edge to edge. However, Tim Cook & Co had something else in mind, which required nearly all of the space above the “X” – Face ID. And again, face unlock has been around on Android phones for a long time, but Apple has gone above and beyond and really done it. Face ID was not an afterthought for a feature that you can use in tandem with a fingerprint reader but a sophisticated 3D scanning system was now the one and only way to unlock the iPhone.
Of course, it took Apple some time to perfect the software aspect, but today Face ID works like a charm (except when it doesn’t, which is when I try to unlock my phone in bed, for example). However, Face ID has managed to turn even me, the toughest of Touch ID advocates, into a Face ID fan. It’s a seamless experience, and as Apple likes to say…it just works.
iPhone X’s new gesture navigation system means Apple’s home button and Android’s capacitive touch buttons aren’t missed
It feels right!
Before the iPhone X, iPhone navigation was via the Home button and Android navigation via capacitive/virtual buttons. Oh, antiquity!
But Apple has totally allowed us to implement the new era of UI navigation with simple gestures that we all love. Swipe up to go home, hold to multitask, and swipe in from the side to go back – it was always meant to be this way.
And of course, this is the only iPhone X feature that all Android phones later adopted, which is a great reason Android fans (like me) might want to thank Cupertino… for once!
The iPhone X was the first $1,000 iPhone, opening the door to a slew of future super-expensive iPhones and Android phones.
The notch, Face ID, and the all-new gesture navigation system are certainly the most obvious game-changing features the iPhone X has brought to the table. In fact, the iPhone X arrived with a lot of other first things for Apple in particular – it was the first iPhone with an OLED screen as well as the first iPhone with a large screen but remained compact in size.
- The iPhone X was the first iPhone (or just a phone) to break through the $1,000 price barrier, which had a very massive impact on Apple’s future iPhone releases and price segmentation but also on Android.
- The 2017 iPhone X kicked off the trend of $1,000+ phones, practically becoming the reason behind it Samsung thought it was a good idea to launch $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra in 2022…
iOS 16 is the latest major iPhone X software update or… is it? Maybe Apple is preparing for a surprise!
So, yes… iPhone X was and still 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 is looming for those who still own an iPhone X?
Well, for starters, great news! iOS 16 may not be the latest update for your five-year-old iPhone. Sure, the chances aren’t huge, but if you think about it, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X launched at the same time and run on the same A11 Bionic chip, which means their software support should also end simultaneously, right?
That may be what will happen, but Apple may also decide to update the newer iPhone X for an additional year! The first reason is precisely that the iPhone X has a more modern design compared to the old-looking iPhone 8, but the other reason is that the iPhone X already comes with 3GB of RAM, while the smaller iPhone 8 has only 2GB of RAM RAM.
Unlike Android, in the Apple world, 1GB of RAM can make all the difference, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Cupertino could manage and decide to update the iPhone X to iOS 17. Ultimately, the iPhone wasn’t supposed to The 6S is also getting iOS 15, but it has, which means it’s gotten six years of major iOS updates!
Samsung wants iPhone X owners to jump on the fence and buy the Galaxy S22, but what if you want to “wait”?
I think this is the time to give Apple its flower for the long software support it provides for the iPhone. The iPhone X works just fine with a five-year-old phone, as does my iPhone 8, which I only used a few months ago before upgrading to the iPhone 13 mini. X and iPhone 8 are not the fastest phones out there. Not to mention, the battery and cameras in those phones are pretty poor by today’s standards.
So, what are the upgrade options for iPhone X owners?
Of course, you can choose one of the new iPhone 14 models or up iPhone 14 Pro, but the main reason to skip it is because The iPhone 15 series is expected to bring some major changes – the iPhone 15 is expected to adopt the iPhone 14’s Dynamic Island, while the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra may bring periscope zoom cameras
But for fans of the iPhone X design, you’ll be in luck when you find out that it won’t be changed anywhere 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. This is great for those who prefer a curved iPhone X design (like me)
Or you know – you can buy a Galaxy or Pixel. If you ask Samsung, you should definitely ‘jump the barrier’, so…get a ladder. Or learn – wait.
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