Would You Spend $1,000 on an iPhone - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

Sure, it’s the most advanced iPhone ever… but is it worth $1,000?

Apple’s new iPhone X (it’s the iPhone 10, as in it’ll cost you 10 one hundred-dollar bills) features an edge-to-edge OLED display, facial recognition technology, and a more powerful front-facing camera than previous versions.

The new iPhone, which isn’t up for pre-order until October 27, comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including:

  • Animoji face mapping. Animojis are cartoon animals that replicate your facial movements – and while they’re a neat trick, that’s what contributes to the phone’s astronomical cost.
  • A 5.8-inch screen. The screen size is 0.3 inches larger than that of the iPhone 8 Plus. (Screens keep getting bigger, by the way.)
  • Face ID technology. Apple’s face identification technology may not be as effective as fingerprint reading or passcode identification, particularly when it comes to makeup and squiggly eyebrows, considering the fact that the technology failed when Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi tried to show it off at the unveiling.

But are all those features enough to justify a $1,000 cost?

Some people think so, despite the fact that most smartphones currently cost between $600 and $800 (with “convenient” payoff plans that get tacked right on your cell phone bill).

But critics say that’s not enough to justify the thousand-dollar price tag, noting that there are several other (and possibly better) uses for that amount of money.

Just for comparison, a new desktop computer costs between $400 and $1,900, on average. A tablet, like an iPad or Galaxy Tab, costs between $200 and $1,000, while a laptop can cost between $200 and $1,500, on average.

What Do You Think?

Are you on board to buy the iPhone X, or can you think of a thousand good reasons not to? (See what we did there?)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new iPhone and whether it’s worth it, so please join the conversation on Twitter or on Facebook using the hashtag #iPhoneX.

Carlos Gamino