Apple introduces iPhone 8, iPhone X

  By Thom Holwerda - Posted on 2017-09-12 19:30:28 UTC at http://OSNews.com

Apple held its iPhone event today, but since the three major leaks got everything right - read our previous [http://www.osnews.com/story/29986/Apple_to_replace_iPhone_home_button_with_gestures] items [http://www.osnews.com/story/30000/iOS_11_GM_leak_confirms_D22] on the leaks to get the full details - there's really not much to add here, other than the pricing for the new iPhones. The 'regular' iPhone 8 will be about €50 more expensive this year, so take that into account when planning your upgrade. The iPhone X [https://www.apple.com/iphone-x/] (pronounced "ten" by Apple, "ex" by people with good taste), however, carries a very hefty pricetag, especially in Europe and the UK - the base 64GB model is $999 in the US, and a staggering €1159 in Europe (and an equally staggering £999 in the UK).

I think it's definitely a nice looking phone, and can certainly hold its own against other small-bezel phones from Samsung, LG, and others (especially others [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOnNXJs6FUU]), but especially outside of the US, that's one hell of a price tag. Going over the magic €1000 mark feels like crossing a psychological threshold from high-end brand new smartphone territory into high-end brand new laptop territory, and that's a tough pill to swallow.

The additional problem here is that the iPhone 8 simply looks outdated compared to all the minimal bezel phones of this year, and certainly so next to the iPhone X in stores for the iOS users among us. I'm up for contract renewal, and since I'm the kind of person to switch platforms about once a year, I was definitely interested in switching to iOS again by buying the iPhone X. However, that €1159 price tag is way, way beyond the outer limit of my comfort zone.

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