Certainly, during the keynote last week, Apple execs highlighted how many formerly independent gadgets - like MP3 players and standalone cameras - the iPhone had absorbed and replaced over the years.
Wireless charging for smartphones isn't new but, until now, iPhone users have had to rely on a case if they wanted to ditch the Lightning cable. And so, once you place your face in the phone, it's in the phone, Apple doesn't have it.
As to the root of the problem, rumor has it that Apple experienced some technical hurdles involving the iPhone X's advanced OLED display. This is a serious improvement from past iPhones' LCD screens.
The iPhone X and iPhone 8 have some design similarities, as both have a glass back, marking a change from their metal predecessors.
The cameras on both the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X saw only a few upgrades, though this is probably because of the vast improvements that came previous year.
We get it, the iPhone X is packed with features but saying that the price is worthy of such leaps forward like an edge-to-edge display (done by Samsung and Xiaomi before) and facial recognition (done to a degree by Samsung and Windows Hello) just feels like you're trying to pull a fast one. The home button is also still there for the 8 too. Instead, the front-facing camera will recognize the owner by using Apple's new Face ID.
Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup is particularly interesting because it features devices with completely different authentication schemes. That's a lot of money, but it's probably a better buy than the textbooks you'll get for around the same price. The iPhone X is 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm and 174g, while the iPhone 8 is 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm and 148g.
These phones are expensive, but if it's time for an upgrade, now is a good time. Overall, many consider the iPhone 8 is the option for those who want the latest "real" iPhone. While many have focused on the price of the iPhone X, Fowler considers that the iPhone 8 price may not be worth it with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s still in Apple's lineup for much cheaper.