On Tuesday night, Apple launched it’s new range of iPhones at the Steve Jobs Theatre at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, US. The new phones are sleek, feature-packed, and pricey AF. Like, sell your soul pricey.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will set you back about R9 172 ($699) and R10 484 ($799) respectively. The starting price for the iPhone X is R13 108 ($ 999). This left a lot of people with questions about how they were going to afford an upgrade.
— RISHABH SINGH (@RISHABHSINGH41) September 13, 2017
Me: I like this iPhone X, it’s really nice and I would want to bu…
Bank account: pic.twitter.com/dMvca6EeUo
— K I N G 👑 (@iam__kaycee) September 13, 2017
— Akshay $ingh (@RecognizeAkshay) September 13, 2017
A lot of people wondered what happened to iPhone 9.
Why is there no iPhone 9?
Because Seven ate Nine.
— Dory (@Dory) September 12, 2017
— 𝔣𝔲𝔠𝔠𝔦 𝔪𝔞𝔫𝔢 (@xdoctortx) September 12, 2017
Windows skipped from Windows 8 to Windows 10
iPhone skipped from iPhone 8 to iPhone X(10)
I mean, what’s happening to the number, 9? pic.twitter.com/NppTJFgLJm
— #9jaWitches 👻🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) September 13, 2017
Maybe the ten was so decked out it made up for nine.
The iPhone X has an all glass, edge-to-edge design, and it’s glass on both sides. Apple claims its the most durable glass ever used on a smartphone but people weren’t really convinced.
— Jade ♡ (@JadeStamate) September 13, 2017
Seriously, no one asked for this.
I mean it’s probably going to result in people smashing the front AND the back all the time but oh well
— katie♡ (@caughtbws) September 13, 2017
It also has no home button, charges wirelessly, and is allegedly water resistant.
The coolest, although creepiest feature, is Face ID. Now you don’t have to remember passwords and pins. Just glance at it and the phone unlocks. It also uses your face to make payments on Apple Pay.
Beyoncé: *uses iPhone X facial recognition*
— D.va✌🏼💓 (@UnofficialDva) September 12, 2017
Which, let’s be honest, isn’t really safe?
so wait, the iphone x gone let me unlock my mans fone while hes sleeping with the facial recognition?! pic.twitter.com/i3DZRnDmUD
— Isell Marie Almanzar (@feral_goddessx3) September 13, 2017
Some people weren’t impressed by this feature though. After all, high-end Samsung devices already use facial recognition to unlock.
— Anonimous (@Anonimoustah) September 13, 2017
But does Samsung have animated emojis? The X now lets you send “animojis”, which mirror what ever facial expression you make. So now you can be a laughing monkey or an angry poop emoji if you like. Clearly, the future is here.
— Yumna (@yumnabahgat) September 12, 2017
People haven’t failed to notice that the wait time between new iPhone releases is growing shorter.
Usually Apple waits a year before making their phones obsolete. The iPhone 8 lasted about 10 minutes #AppleEvent
— Andrew Gebhart (@GebAndrew) September 12, 2017
iPhone 6 was released in 2014, iPhone 7 in 2016 – and you have to wonder how workers at Apple’s Longhua plant – which gained notoriety in 2010 when 14 workers died by suicide over low pay – are coping with demand for these high-end but short-lived toys.