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Is the iPhone X worth it?

The latest Apple marvel was released in November 2017. Despite the innovative features, the price tag caught everyone's attention.

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The latest Apple marvel was released in November 2017. Despite the innovative features, the price tag caught everyone's attention.

Kate Wasson, Editor-at-Large

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Last November, the much anticipated iPhone X was revealed. With a sleek design, innovative animojis, full face recognition, and a new rear camera, it’s not a surprise that there was hype and glory that surrounded the latest iPhone.

But the newest trophy of the Apple conglomerate has extreme pitfalls.

For example, the lack of home button is painstakingly annoying. The absence of white or black bars outlining the screen have no dramatic impact on my Netflix experience.

The wireless charging feature, while tempting, fails to notify the user if the they found the spot on the small, magnetic disk that will miraculously and “quickly” charge your newest luxury. Not to mention that it simply does not charge, no matter where I place it, due to my lovely, marble Popsocket. Not to forget that the wireless charging dock does not come with the thousand-dollar phone. No, it ranges from $59.95 to $79.95.

Want to power off your iPhone X? Don’t hold down the power button, as this will trigger Apple’s virtual assistant Siri. Apple may have dropped the “S” that typically accommodates the iPhone generation (5S, 6S+), but Siri is still there and just as unhelpful as before! Ask her to call my mom, I have to select my mom, my friend Amanda’s mom, and my grandmother (to be fair, her name in my phone is grandmere, French for grandmother) from the Siri screen. She’ll give you the list of my grandmother, my aunt, my cousin, my sister, and eventually mom. I am hesitant to ask her to call my best friend, as she might be offended that it’s not her. Ask her about information about John F. Kennedy, just to settle a debate, and she just pulls up the websites, Googling the name, and leaving the hard part for me. I even asked her when Siri was introduced (something that you’d think would be readily available) and she couldn’t even tell me (it was 2011, by the way). While the iPhone X may be a pioneer innovation to launch our society into the depths of the future, Siri still remains in 2011.

But of course, these are all small inconveniences in comparison to just how futuristic this phone truly is. Although the phone has its flaws, there are a number of incredible capabilities.

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials where users are seen singing next to their animoji, following their every word for a maximum of six seconds. Maybe you’ve heard that the new iPhone is also water resistant (not to be confused with waterproof, as water resistant means that it can somewhat resist the penetration of water but not entirely). Or maybe you’ve heard of the new portrait mode that allows you to take “impressive studio‑quality lighting effects,” according to Apple.

The real questions here are, is this new phone pragmatic? Are the new features so advanced that they make up for the incredibly unrealistic price tag? Disagree if you wish, but as a senior in high school, most of these (if not all) are either pointless or difficult.

Now, of course I’m grateful to obtain such an volatile piece of technology, capable of more functions than I can ever name (or use). The question is, is it truly worth the costly price tag? Frankly, in my opinion, these features seem futuristic, advanced and ultra-modern, but they don’t add up to the $1,000 sticker price. With $1,000 I could buy 202 Venti Strawberries and Creme Frappuccinos and, while it may not futuristic, it’s a better use of money than the new fangled iPhone X.

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