On Tuesday night, Apple launched itâ€™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.
â€” 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
â€” K I N G ðŸ‘‘ (@iam__kaycee) September 13, 2017
â€” 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.
â€” Dory (@Dory) September 12, 2017
â€” ð”£ð”²ð” ð” ð”¦ ð”ªð”žð”«ð”¢ (@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
â€” #9jaWitches ðŸ‘»ðŸ‡³ðŸ‡¬ (@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 smartphoneÂ but people werenâ€™t really convinced.
â€” Jade â™¡ (@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
â€” katieâ™¡ (@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 donâ€™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.
BeyoncÃ©: *uses iPhone X facial recognition*
â€” D.vaâœŒðŸ¼ðŸ’“ (@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
â€” Isell Marie Almanzar (@feral_goddessx3) September 13, 2017
Some people werenâ€™t impressed by this feature though. After all, high-end Samsung devices already use facial recognition to unlock.
â€” Anonimous (@Anonimoustah) September 13, 2017
But does Samsung have animated emojis? The X now lets you send â€œanimojisâ€, 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.
â€” 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
â€” Andrew Gebhart (@GebAndrew) September 12, 2017
iPhone 6 was released in 2014, iPhone 7 in 2016 – and you have to wonder how workers at Appleâ€™s Longhua plant – which gained notoriety in 2010 when 14 workers died byÂ suicideÂ over low pay – are coping with demand for these high-end but short-lived toys.