With much anticipation, Apple has officially unveiled the three upcoming smartphones during their Keynote session earlier this week. The next in line of the iPhone series, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8s impresses with some touch up from the iPhone 7. The iPhone X, dubbed as a revolutionary release to commemorate 10 years of iPhone, draws wide interest with swanky new upgrades and their bezel-less design, despite the equally shocking price tag.

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With so much going on, is it worth swapping to the iPhone X or iPhone 8/8 Plus?

 (Sadly, headphone jacks are still gone. 🎧)

Let’s dive into some of the new features!

General Specs Breakdown

iPhone X iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 8
Screen Display 5.8″ Super Retina HD 5.5″ Retina HD 4.7″ Retina HD
Security Unlock ID Face ID Touch ID Touch ID
Rear Camera 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras 12-megapixel camera
Front Camera TrueDepth camera FaceTime HD camera FaceTime HD camera
Battery lasts 2 hours more than iPhone 7 ~iPhone 7 Plus ~iPhone 7
Wireless Charging
Splash, Water and Dust Resistant
Headphone Jack
64GB Pricing* RM4,200 RM3,300 RM2,900
256GB Pricing* RM4,800 RM3,900 RM3,500
Apple Care (Top Up)* RM830 RM620 RM540
Preorder dates 27 Oct 2017 15 Sep 2017 15 Sep 2017
Release dates 3 Nov 2017 22 Sep 2017 22 Sep 2017

*estimated based on exchange rates from the US price

General Upgrades to Look Out for

True Tone technology reflected in the Retina HD display
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A11 Bionic Chip

The brand new, high-performance A11 bionic chip will be at the core of the three new iPhone, bringing faster and more efficient user experience. Dubbed by the company as the most powerful in today’s market, the chip can process up to 600 billion operations per second. That’s like having a compact computer in the palm of your hand.

Qi Wireless Charging

iPhone 8 on the wireless charging pad
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Since the removal of the headphone jacks (perhaps, it is time to move on now), Apple has taken yet another step into the wireless venture, this time with nods of approval. Having introduced new glass back on these phones, wireless charging is now available on all three phones with a wireless charging station. Even if it is not common practice yet, more Qi wireless charging stations are expected to pop up as the industries shift in this new wave of convenience.

qi wireless charging airpower
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In fact, Apple will also be releasing their own charging mat, AirPower, set to launch in 2018. Their own will allow you to charge your iPhones alongside your accessories such as the Apple Watch and the AirPod. Talk about total Apple domination in your daily life!

True Tone Technology

iPad users would be no stranger to this. True Tone Technology allows the phone to correct its colors according to the surrounding light and brightness, bringing to you a higher accuracy of colors. Together with their Retina HD display, expect vibrant colors for your aesthetic pleasure. While this might not seem like a significant change to the naked eye, it is an appreciated upgrade.

Augmented Reality Redefined: ARKit

iPhone's new ARKit demo
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In the tight race to bringing the best Augmented Reality (AR) experience, Apple has also revealed their ARKit at the keynote session. With the ARKit, you can now enjoy more AR games and applications on your phone to its full extent. We foresee gamers and architects to fall in love with this implementation as it irons out and fine tunes its kinks over the next few months.

The ARKit is also available on your iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 alongside the iOS 11 upgrade coming this week.

Portrait Lighting

iPhone X's new Portrait Lighting
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While all three phones come with Portrait mode, only the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus comes with Portrait Lighting. This new feature (currently in beta) will enable you to produce studio-quality lighting effects. Unlike Instagram filters, however, Portrait Lighting works in real-time, analysing the depth of your face to the contrast of the surroundings, giving you top-notch portrait photos. Perfect for the Insta-worthy new gen, if you can afford it.

portrait lighting
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What Makes iPhone X as Magical as a Unicorn 🦄

Face ID and TrueDepth Camera

iPhone's sensors determining the owner's face with 30,000 invisible dots
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This is the sci-fi moment to our reality that we’ve been waiting for.

This brand new Face ID is the true revolutionary breakthrough in the Smartphone field. (We know Samsung and Android has had facial recognition for a while, but Face ID works a little differently.) Working with the TrueDepth Camera on the front of the iPhone X, Face ID projects and analyses over 30,000 invisible dots in order to create a precise depth map of your facial features. With one pointed look, you can unlock your phone and authenticate your Apple Pay transactions. Thanks to the A11 Biotic Chip, your phone will actually keep up with changes in your physical appearance too. Coming along would be fun Animoji feature, which allows you to personalise 12 different emojis in your chats. You know, for added dynamics. The flat 2D emojis are not nearly as expressive as a talking unicorn, hands down.

unicorn animoji
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Swiping Away the Home Button

iPhone X will remove the home button to give space for a large screen within its compact size. The iPhone X actually has a large screen size compared to the iPhone 8 Plus, despite being smaller and lighter. Combining with the phone’s increase touch sensitivity, users can now swipe to shift into different functions as required. Swipe upwards to return to home screen, or swipe downwards from the right-hand corner to reveal the settings’ panel. It would take a while to get used to, but nothing a little practice wouldn’t help.

Oddly, while the bezel-less design looks awesome on the iPhone X at first glance, it actually cuts off a chunk of your screen when watching videos or taking photos. The rationale behind the design is unknown, but the small detail might not sit well with every user.

Worthy Upgrade?

Someone holding and looking at an iPhone
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iPhone X has made many new ‘first’s and records within Apple’s iPhone series, including being the most expensive phone to date. Topping up the 256GB package with Apple Care makes for a whole month’s salary of an average salaryman (~RM5000). Maybe even more. Many new features were no doubt an upgrade from their current phones, but the price markup is a huge thing to consider.

The Final Verdict

Overall, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is looking really swell, but they do not spur us into ditching our current iPhone 7 or even the iPhone 6s. Don’t get us wrong. Most upgrades look amazing and seemed to be seamlessly put together, but it it’s not foolproof. In particular, the Face ID had us voicing our concerns in its security measures. This includes how easy it is to unlock your phone when it’s removed from you, as well as where the facial recognition data would be stored. How well-rounded the Face ID works in actual real life settings is up to be tested only after the phone’s official release.

iPhone X
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The new iPhones would be great for eager users ready to jump into the new technological trends, but for the rest of us laymen, it felt more like a flashy show without substantial changes to the fundamentals of the phone.

What do you think, are the new iPhones worth it? Which phones are you already vying for? Let us know in the comments.