Apple held its iPhone event today, but since the three major leaks got everything right – read our previous items on the leaks to get the full details – there’s really not much to add here, other than the pricing for the new iPhones. The ‘regular’ iPhone 8 will be about â‚¬50 more expensive this year, so take that into account when planning your upgrade. The iPhone X (pronounced “ten” by Apple, “ex” by people with good taste), however, carries a very hefty pricetag, especially in Europe and the UK – the base 64GB model is $999 in the US, and a staggering â‚¬1159 in Europe (and an equally staggering Â£999 in the UK).
I think it’s definitely a nice looking phone, and can certainly hold its own against other small-bezel phones from Samsung, LG, and others (especially others), but especially outside of the US, that’s one hell of a price tag. Going over the magic â‚¬1000 mark feels like crossing a psychological threshold from high-end brand new smartphone territory into high-end brand new laptop territory, and that’s a tough pill to swallow.
The additional problem here is that the iPhone 8 simply looks outdated compared to all the minimal bezel phones of this year, and certainly so next to the iPhone X in stores for the iOS users among us. I’m up for contract renewal, and since I’m the kind of person to switch platforms about once a year, I was definitely interested in switching to iOS again by buying the iPhone X. However, that â‚¬1159 price tag is way, way beyond the outer limit of my comfort zone.