The days when iPhone releases were long-awaited events are becoming a thing of the past now. For two years in a row now, Apple has been unable to excite audiences with their new iPhone offerings – be it the uninspiring iPhone 8 or the much-hyped iPhone X, which, for all its ‘revolutionary features’ was still catching up to Android flagships.
This year we got the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. Once again, the updates are incremental, and knowing that it had little up its sleeve, Apple has tried to make a splash with the affordable iPhone XR, pricing it relatively lower and still giving it some of the newer features (which is a first for Apple and also shows the increasing desperation for sales).
The question now is, will you upgrade from your iPhone 7, iPhone 8 or iPhone X to the new iPhone XS or XS Max? Or will you wait for the iPhone XR?
I for one will be sticking with my iPhone 7 Plus for now until something really upgrade worthy comes along, and if you’re wondering why, here are 5 reasons I am not upgrading to the iPhone XS or XS Max (or even the XR). These are personal reasons, and not everyone will agree, but here goes!
#1) The price is not worth it
The new iPhones cost upwards of $1,000 and the XS Max can run you back around $1,500 – that’s crazy money for a phone (in my opinion) which is not exponentially better than my $700 something iPhone 7 Plus.
If you’re still using an iPhone 5/5S or 6, you may consider upgrading to the iPhone XR, or even the XS or XS Max if you’ve got the money, but for anyone using the iPhone 7 or 8, the phones don’t justify the price hike.
#2) I like Touch ID
There is just something about being able to use your fingerprint to unlock a phone, and while I understand the decision to remove the button and go full-screen, Android phones (and not just the flagships) are beginning to deliver an in-display touch identification solution which should have been an option on the new iPhones.
Face ID may work like a charm, but there is no reason Apple can’t put a fingerprint sensor in the display, especially if a phone costs upwards of $1,000.
#3) I don’t like the notch
While I am all for a full-screen display, I believe we shouldn’t be forced to adapt to the notch, which has now become iconic of the iPhone X lineup. Not only is it unsightly, but it also forces user-interface changes which are not necessary (just to accommodate Face ID).
There are Android flagships out there which are doing the full-screen just right, and if they can do it, I am sure Apple can take it to the next level with the amount of resources it has at its disposal. For me, the notch is just lazy designing and Apple is forcing consumers to accept it.
#4) iOS 12 will level the playing field to a large extent
Another issue when comparing existing iPhones to the new lineup is that it’s not a level playing field. The new iPhone XS and XS Max are running on iOS 12, which brings a lot of performance and UI improvements.
As long as your phone is able to support iOS 12 (most iPhones are), you should be able to benefit from the new software improvements without having to shell out the exorbitant ask.
#5) Stainless steel on the iPhone X models scratches badly
With the iPhone X and now the XS and XS Max, Apple has changed the design to use a stainless steel rim around the body, which makes the phone look premium, but also attracts horrific scratches. I’ve seen new iPhone X purchases looking like they’re months old after a week of use because the rims get thousands of scratches.
Given this, I’d rather stick with my all aluminum iPhone 7 Plus in black, which looks new even today.
#6) I have taken about 20 portraits with my iPhone 7 Plus to date
One of the main selling points of the new iPhones is their ability to take amazing bokeh shots and portraits. I’ll be honest, I like the ability to take amazing portraits, but it’s more of a passing trend for me – I do take a lot of regular photos, but I’d say I have taken a total of 20 portraits with my iPhone 7 Plus (it doesn’t have self-portrait mode), and just upgrading to the new iPhone for this doesn’t make sense for me.
And that’s all from me folks – if you can afford it and love the iPhone XS or XS Max, go for it, but I don’t believe these phones justify the upgrade from an iPhone 7 Plus or an iPhone 8 Plus. I’d actually wait out for the upcoming iPad Pros and new Macbook reveals to spend my money better!