iPhone X is Expensive in Many Ways

Are you one of those people just has to have every new gadget that comes along?  If so, you might have been one of the thousands of people who were waiting in line a few weeks ago when the iPhone X made its debut.

The new Apple smartphone drew a lot of media buzz because of its screen that went all the way to the edge of the unit, it’s new facial recognition software, and a few other features.  Most articles, however, drew attention to the price of the phone, which is far and away the most expensive smartphone ever made, as the basic price for the unit is just a bit under $1000.

That didn’t stop people from lining up to buy it, and stores worldwide sold out their stocks of the new iPhone X within hours.

iphone xIf you think you’re done spending money on the iPhone X after dropping that thousand dollars, you may be mistaken.  Occasionally, you might need to get the thing repaired, as many smartphone owners have discovered that accidents can (and do!) happen with them.  Glass gets broken, and other damage can occur if you happen to drop it.

Apple claims that the glass used in the new phones is ultra-durable, but tests at numerous Websites have suggested otherwise.  You know how it is – when Apple comes out and says “Our new phones have super-durable glass that isn’t likely to break,” there are people who are going to buy the phones for the express purpose of trying to break the glass.

By many accounts, that glass is breakable and apparently quite breakable, at that.  Not a problem, you say – “I’ll just go to the Apple store and have them fix it.”

Yes, they can do that.  In fact, they’ll be happy to do that.  But it’s going to cost you. Apple’s price for replacing a screen on the iPhone X is $279, and apparently, that price doubles to $549 if there is any other damage to the phone.

iphone xThere are plenty of phones that you can buy for less than the $549 that it will cost you to have this one repaired, and rest assured, many people will end up having to have their phones repaired.  You don’t have to, of course, but if the repair happens to leave the phone not working, then you still have a monthly phone bill with which you’ll have to contend.

Keep in mind, too that the iPhone X has glass on both sides, making it all the more likely to break when dropped.  The screen uses expensive OLED technology, and its thinness and a few other things that are attached to it make it quite difficult to repair, so both add to the cost.

Square Trade, a warranty company, as described the iPhone X as the most breakable phone that they’ve ever tested.  That’s not particularly reassuring, and one can’t help but wonder if Apple didn’t make the phone somewhat fragile on purpose, just so they can make a few more dollars on repairs.

Is Apple Too Serious About Security?

In technology, what you know is everything, and sometimes, that means that you need to know how to keep a secret.  We’ve seen with the current White House that keeping secrets is sometimes harder to do that it appears, and apparently, that is also the case with technology.

One thing that the tech world is constantly preoccupied with is wondering what the next i-something from Apple is going to be about.  The company’s security is generally pretty tight, but sometimes leaks come up.  A few years ago, someone accidentally left a prototype of a then-unreleased iPhone in a coffee shop somewhere and the entire world came unglued.

iphone x leak youtube videoThat hasn’t happened this time, but there was a bit of a security leak involving the not-yet-released iPhone X, and that leak ended up on YouTube and an engineer who was employed by Apple is now finding himself looking for work.

Apparently, an engineer for Apple named Ken Bauer had an iPhone X in his possession and he allowed his daughter to make a video of herself using the phone and showing off its features.   This all took place at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, apparently in the company cafeteria.

That alone might not present a problem, but the man allowed his daughter, a young woman named Brooke Amelia Peterson, to upload the video to YouTube.

iphone xBecause people on YouTube apparently have nothing better to do or are so obsessed with all things Apple, the video became, as they say, “a viral sensation,” racking up untold thousands of views before Apple requested that the video be removed from the YouTube site.

Apple also apparently requested that engineer Ken Bauer seek employment elsewhere.

This all seems a bit overblown to us, as the features of the iPhone X are not exactly a secret.  There was a press conference some time ago where Apple not only showed off the phone, but allowed journalists to test it out and examine its features.

That being the case, it’s not as though the phone depicted in the video was unusual in any way, nor is it likely that the phone had any features that will not be available when the phone goes for sale to the public in a few weeks’ time.

It’s possible, we suppose, that the phone being shown in the video was not a production model but was instead a prototype that had other features that are not going to be available in the production models, but there was nothing in the video to suggest that.  It appears to be just the same model that was shown to the press some time ago.

Is Apple taking this to extremes?  Or are they just making an example of this particular engineer in order to stop employees from taking the chance of showing the public something that might still be a secret?  We don’t know.  From our perspective, the whole thing seems overblown.

We’re not sure if this is an example of Apple simply sticking to the letter of the law regarding their company policies, or if they actually have some deep, dark secrets that they’re trying to protect.

For now, it’s all a mystery.