Deniz Taşkın 19 September, 2017
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Deniz Taşkın
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Is the iPhone X, with its starting price of $999 — with 256 GBs of RAM it will cost $1,149 — worth the money? Nope. Will you buy it anyway? Yep.

Not all of you. But enough of you. And you know who you are.

Now let me tell you why you’ll buy it.

iPhone X is Apple`s New Flagship
iPhone X

Sure, it’s a nice phone. It has oodles of new features, such as an all-new 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina display, a faster A11 Bionic processor, wireless charging capabilities, and an improved TrueDepth camera. None of those are the reasons.

And its one newish feature, Face ID facial recognition, creeps me out. I’m not the only one. Privacy invasion [using] face recognition is 100 times more dangerous than all other kinds of biometric scanning.

How many pictures are out there? Could those images be stitched together and 3D-modeled to the degree of accuracy necessary to defeat FaceID, with its infrared lights and dot projection system?

The iPhone X costs too much, and so does the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Do you want a good phone for under $300? Try a Moto G5 Plus, for $299. Got to have an iPhone or you’ll just die? You can still get an iPhone 5S for under $200. Or you could keep your old phone.

First, habits can make us buy luxury goods. And whatever else the iPhone X is, it’s a luxury device. And Apple has done that again with the iPhone X.

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