iPhone X debuts with 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display and dual 12MP rear cameras

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The year 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and Apple celebrated with an all-new model called iPhone X.

iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone Ten”) features a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED Super Retina display with curved edges. It’s got a resolution of 2436×1125 and offers tech like HDR, True Tone to adapt the screen color and intensity to your ambient light, and 3D Touch.

At the top of that display is a notch that’s home to the 7-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth camera as well as an array of sensors for the new Face ID feature. Face ID, which is taking the place of Touch ID on the iPhone X, uses a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator to map and recognize your face. You can then use Face ID to unlock your iPhone X by looking at it and to authenticate Apple Pay.

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Apple is also using all of those face-tracking features for Animoji. As the name suggests, these are animated emoji characters that track your facial movements. There are 12 different Animoji characters, including a panda, unicorn, and a pile of poop, and you can record them with voice and send them to friends.

Around back, iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel cameras. There’s a wide angle sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and one telephoto sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, and both cameras include a new color filter and optical image stabilization. The cameras are also tuned for augmented reality, which Apple is making a big push for with its ARKit, and there’s support for 4K 60fps and 1080p 240fps video capture as well.

The iPhone X body is made up of glass on the front and back and a stainless steel band. Inside that body, which is dust and water resistant, Apple has included its new A11 Bionic chipset which offers two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. Also included is LTE Advanced support and Bluetooth 5.0.

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When it comes to the battery, Apple says that iPhone X will last two hours longer than iPhone 7. And when it’s time to top up, you can use the iPhone X’s new wireless charging capability, which uses the Qi wireless charging standard.

Also of note is that the iPhone X will support LTE band 66 but not LTE band 71, the latter of which is T-Mobile’s new 600MHz spectrum. Here’s the full list of the iPhone X’s supported cellular bands:

  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

The iPhone X will be available for pre-order starting October 27th and will launch on November 3rd. Pricing will start at $999 for the 64GB model and go up to $1,149 for the 256GB model. Color options will include Silver and Space Gray.

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T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll carry the iPhone X, but it has no pricing details to share right now. T-Mo does say that for a limited time, customers can trade in an iPhone 6 or newer and get up to $300 off (via 24 monthly bill credits) an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X when they buy on EIP.

What do you think of Apple’s attempt at a smartphone with an edge-to-edge display? Are you thinking about buying an iPhone X?

Sources: Apple, T-Mobile

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  • John Doe

    Also of note is that the iPhone X will support LTE band 66 but not LTE band 71, the latter of which is T-Mobile’s new 600MHz spectrum.

    That is what happens when you piss off the monopoly of Qualcomm

  • Jason

    So let me get this straight. This thing costs a $1000 and still doesnt include Band 71 600? Apple is something else. They slap on an OLED which Samsung has used for 7 years, throw a ridiculous price on it, and leave out basic antenna tech. Even LG can put it into phones.

    • Sharti24

      The phone was already in development before anyone knew what band 600mhz would use

      • Jason

        Oh come on. Everybody has short development cycles these days. It just takes a tweaking. If Qualcomm can do it that fast, so can Apple. They choose not to

        • Sharti24

          They chose not to because they know people will upgrade to the 2018 iphone just for band 71. Smart move by apple

        • Tom@L

          that is absurd comment, since you are only talking about Tmobile customers only. iPhone X will be used by many other carriers around US and around the globe where 600 mhz doesnt matter.

        • “Everybody has short development cycles these days. It just takes a tweaking.”

          It takes about 3 years to make a new SoC and that’s the faster side. If Apple was using an older node to make their chips, then it could be faster but 1 year is impossible.

          Qualcomm couldn’t do fast. That’s why they had 2 flagships that did nothing but lower their marketshare. If it was as fast as you say, then they could’ve fixed it before it hit market or had a revision almost immediately after.

        • Jason

          How are LG and Samsung both releasing 600 mhz phones this year then, the same year as the auction for the spectrum was? Is it magic? Give me a break. Your 3 year assessments are like 5 years old in the way these companies operate today. Just not true

        • Because Qualcom makes the standards while Apple has to license it from Qualcom. Of course Qualcom will have it first. Samsung and LG both buy the Snapdragon 835 from Qualcom. LG and Samsung has it first because they buy the chips from Qualcom when Apple design their own chip so they licensed the tech for development and manufacturing at least 2-3 years ago for the A11. Apple needs a licensing contract with Qualcom and a manufacturing contract with TSMC/Samsung so they are not going to go back and change the terms unless they think it will affect their sales projections significantly.

          So yeah, Apple will always be a step behind when it comes to the bands on the modem.

        • marque2

          Why one year? The action was last year, and they have been dickering about 600 Mhz for at least 4 -5.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          Why when they can include it in 6 months and call it the Xs and charge $1,099 and stupid consumers will run and get it. I would do the same if I was Apple

      • marque2

        600Mhz auction was years in the making. Apple had at least 4 years of awareness.

  • Uri

    So the new iPhone x is not going to support the new antenna 600 MHz Will that make a difference if I live in Chicago?

    • Mike

      600mhz isn’t gonna make a difference in Chicago or any other major and metro cities. 600mhz is for those in rural areas plus it’s not gonna be fully deployed until 2019-2020 at the latest.

      • Jason

        That is equivocably false. 600 is a capacity band that will be an overlay basically everywhere. Including urban infill. And the reason is because they have so much of it and on a nationwide basis.

        • John Doe

          They have so much of it in rural areas…Dish Network bought the majority of it in Urban areas. T-Mobile only has 2 blocks of 10MHz or 2 blocks of 15 in urban areas compared to 4 blocks of 20MHz in the rest of the country and even 5 blocks of 25 MHz in places like Nebraska and Idaho

          If you are in an urban areas like NYC where T-Mobile has very little coverage indoors (especially building is manhattan) then all you will have is the 600MHz spectrum thus it will not be a “capacity band: like you say if it is all you can rely on indoors.

      • MadMartigan

        You could probably be more wrong, but I’m not entirely sure how.

        Urban areas will definitely benefit from improved building penetration.

        • marque2

          Penetration is a mixed bag. shorter wavelengths attenuate faster – so you can’t pick them up as far, but longer wavelengths have more trouble going through the “holes” in a building – upshot, if you are close to a tower, and in a semi-steel building, you might still get some signal through the wall. You are trading 13cm wavelength for 55cm wavelength. The higher needs a hole at least 28cm for the waves to successfully go through.

          Outdoors or in a car- there is no comparison however, 600Mhz is the king as far as picking up a signal at a long distance.

          Another issue, is that 600 mhz, because of the lower frequency can’t support as high a data rate on a channel. If you are doing 4×4 mimo, don’t expect as high data rates as you would get with 2.3 ghz. 4×4 mimo

        • MadMartigan

          …adding 600mhz doesn’t mean they are losing the bands already there.

        • marque2

          Well yeah, but people are almost ascribing magic to the 600mhz band. If they put up a tower 5 miles away – you will get reception outdoors butcdont expect many changes inside your steel bunker. Magic was attributed to 700 kHz as well and now that it is rolled out in San Diego – I don’t notice any difference. There was a huge boost for me a few years ago when I switched to lte from 3g. Enourmous boost in my office but due to 1700mhz vs 2300.

        • MadMartigan

          My comment was not about the magic.

          The biggest complaint about T-Mobile, other than area-coverage, has always been building penetration. Adding the 600mhz to existing urban coverage will bring theirs to the same level as ATT/VZW and eliminate that complaint.

          Obviously, folks in Faraday cages will still be out of luck.

      • Tom@L

        totally wrong comment. 600mhz will still matter in cities in building penetration. Plus carrier aggregation will still help with speeds.

        • Mike

          T-mobile isn’t releasing 600 mhz in major cities yet. Rural areas and where tmobile coverage lacks at will get band 71 first. Major cities and etc won’t see band 71 until 2019-2020

      • marque2

        at the earliest?

    • Sharti24

      600mhz will take 2 years to deploy in my area (ne ohio) Not sure about chi town

  • Mike

    I’ll keep my Note 8 there’s nothing special about the iPhone 8 or X. My Note 8 can do whatever the X can plus I have a headphone jack and stylus.

    • yup and the note will force you to have 486345 unwanted apps along with frequent crashes and updates to googles new OS a year later..

      • spoken like a person who knows not of what they speak

      • MadMartigan

        lmao..

        You know; if you have to resort to absurd exaggerations to make your point, chances are it is simply not worth making.

        Hope that helps the next time you decide to post.

        • marque2

          I kind of agree with the unwanted apps. Samsung tries to redo major parts of android. With their own touchwiz launcher, browser, IM app, store, backup, keyboard …

          And they all kind of half work. I only had a s7 but still it was close to top end last year. I ended up having to download all the google apps and install them, to make the phone work right.

          Note that some of their apps are actually nice. Battery saver works really well, and doesn’t turn off when you plug in the charger, like most Android phones. There was a game app that allowed you to quickly and easily video or take still shots of your games.

          Anyway s7 is with the kids now, and I have moved back to LG, where the apps LG installed seem to work fairly well – but LG keeps more true to Android to begin with.

        • MadMartigan

          OEMs install apps.

          Some are good, some are bad. We all know this.

          My comment was in reference to his ridiculous exaggeration. No OEM installs 486 thousand apps.

        • marque2

          I think it was a few hundred less.

        • MadMartigan

          Well, it was at least 17 less. ;-)

        • IThoughtAsAChild

          My S8 doesn’t have many unwanted apps, I was surprised at how much I liked the phone coming from an S7, if felt like an all new device, inside out. I love it and I can uninstal or sleep most of the crap I don’t want. Also after reading your review I switch to Samsung browser over chrome it’s as good if not better I haven’t missed Chrome

        • marque2

          Worst part of s7 was the fingerprint button barely working. I think s8 fixed that too.

        • IThoughtAsAChild

          Interesting, I find this reader more touchy than my S7, I have to reposition often..

      • Trevnerdio

        S8+ is one of the most stable and quick phones I’ve ever used, but alright

    • aceofspades

      And it can explode

  • the price is absolutely insane… apple is pulling a samsung.. galaxy and note… 8 and x.. smh…

  • Sean B

    Lazy writer didn’t even mention the other phones. There are an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that are much better priced with many similar specifications. Just leaving this here since the author isn’t doing his job.

    • Jason

      Better priced? LOL Thats a laugh a minute. Do you recall when superphones or flagships were thought expensive at $450? The fact that these companies can get away selling phones for $650 now days speaks to the stupidity of consumers and a broken system of financing electronics purchases that deflect their real price

      • Sean B

        Sorry, I meant to say better priced than iPhone X. Didn’t make that clear, my bad. I do agree with you about the increasing prices though. Author makes it seem as if iPhone X is the only option by failing to mention the 8 and 8 Plus. That might make a few people think that’s the only new iPhone and it’s an example of poor journalism.

        • Jason

          Yeah I can see that point. But further on the prices, can you think of any other electronic device you pay more for now than you did 5 years ago? Blu ray players, cams, etc. Everything cheapens. And gets better. And that is with technology improvement and advancements too because.. Moores law continues on shrinking transistors regardless of the industry. So this insistance that better capabilities in the flagship model somehow equate to a justified 50% increase in price is just bs trying to hide a flawed and uncompetitive market. The average salary for a worker certainly hasnt increased 50% in 7 years. There is a phone price bubble that exists in this market which really kinda mirrors the housing price bubble 10 years ago. A market without true equilibrium prices driven through easy money and financing schemes designed to deflect true costs

        • Sean B

          I don’t disagree with you. And completely agree that all the iPhones are overpriced, alongside your main point

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          Totally agree with you. Look at Samsung releasing a Note 8 for $900+ and a week later whether its them or another company selling them BOGO. To me that latest promotion only tells me the Note 8 can still be sold for $450 a phone and the manufacturer is still making a profit. Look at the Samsung S8, when it came out it was like $700 I think and I waited 3 months and bought it brand new from Samsung for $490. These companies are depending on stupid consumers. The financing option really made people lose their minds and get overpriced devices just because they are paying $20-$30 a month, not realizing that adds up.

        • marque2

          A phone with similar features to what you had top end two years ago, but with all the current bands, is about $200, if you choose Android. You don’t have to get all the bells and whistles.

      • ” Do you recall when superphones or flagships were thought expensive at $450?”

        flagships were never lower than $600. The first flagship phone was the Motorola Droid at Verizon for $699.

        You are probably confusing MSRP with subsidized pricing where you can get a new flagship for anywhere between free to $199 when it first comes out with a 2 year plan.

        The Droid when it came out had a subsidized price of something around $300-400 if I remember correctly.

        BTW, Samsung has marched above the $650 price for a couple years now for their base model Galaxy Sx. Nobody had a problem with that.

        But I agree that $1k for the iPhoneX is pretty crazy. I don’t understand why it deserves the $300 premium over the iPhon8 when it’s just a better screen and face recognition. So maybe an extra $20 in sensor and OLED upgrade hardware wise.

        • marque2

          Phones can do face recognition with just a camera. I believe some Samsung notes have been able to do this for awhile. What I believe is extra in the iPhone X is the heat sensor, so you can’t just put a picture of someone with open eyes in front of the camera and have it open.

          Some companies will be apoplectic about this. I work in a cleared area, where they already are threatening to remove our phones, because some phones always have audio on. If the phone is always taking images, that would be a deal breaker.

          Same for places that aren’t cleared, but have ITAR/EAR products. There is no guarantee, that the documents at your desk won’t be picked up by a sensor and transmitted somewhere a bit sleazy.

        • Face recognition login has been around for years already. My Samsung Galaxy Nexus from 4 years ago had it and I used it. The problem is that it took too much energy, was terribly inaccurate and it can easily be fooled by a picture because it had no depth sensor.

          Apple added a depth sensor and better imaging sensor and proximity sensors to make it work better. Just like fingerprint sensors to login has been around since the 90s on computing devices as an option. It just never worked reliably enough at a reasonable price until Apple mass market a good working solution on the iPhone and everyone followed suit.

          Now we’re going to see it with face recognition. I’m sure this will work pretty reliably if Apple is willing to bet Apple Pay with it. That is billions of dollars at risk and they are not risk takers.

    • Tom@L

      it is not better priced. They jacked up the prices to $700. It used to be $650 before for base models.

  • Mike

    Apple just got more greedy.

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    I’m not impressed by the new models. I think TMobile abandoned band 66 for 71. I never hear about it. I do, however, see lte in band 2 which my iPhone 7 uses along with bands 4 & 12. But not 66 anywhere. I may be wrong but I just don’t See it. Even on my S8.

    I’ll keep my iPhone 7. Thanks.

    • JStatt

      They didn’t abandon 66. They invested billions of dollars. But it is a short term patch and was primarily to add excess capacity in some markets and more coverage in very rural areas. You likely do not live in a band 66 territory. Band 71 is the low grade spectrum that they are building the future of the network on, but it’s still a few years out. You likely don’t live in a 71 capable territory yet either. The lack of 71 is one of the most over blown omissions.

      • Brandon

        What areas r band 71 located?

        • SirStephenH

          T-Mobile has licenses covering entire US and the Gulf of Mexico but it will take a few years to clear the broadcasters out of the spectrum. T-Mobile plans to build it out as it’s freed up and will have 1 million square miles covered by the end of the year.

      • SirStephenH

        “Band 71 is the low grade spectrum”

        I assume you meant “low band”. Band 71 is some premium grade spectrum.

    • SirStephenH

      They didn’t go big in the AWS-3 (band 66) auction and only got licenses here and there for added capacity. More than likely you’re not living in an area covered by B66.

      • Patrick McLaughlin

        I agree on that point. Still love the iPhone 7 more than the Samsung Galaxy S8. Band 66 is kind of useless. I’ll wait until the iPhone has band 71/600 MHz before I upgrade

  • Carlos

    What is band 66? Never heard of it.

    • Patrick McLaughlin

      Subset of band 4 1700 mhz

      • SirStephenH

        You got it backwards. Band 4 is a subset of 66.

        • Patrick McLaughlin

          Band actually came 1st

      • SirStephenH

        That’s not how it works.
        A subset is a band that shares space and is defined in a larger band. Band 66 includes band 4 therefore B66 = superset and B4 = subset.

    • Jason

      It is from the AWS 3 spectrum auction. It is an extension of band 4. Band 66 includes band 4 but band 4 does not include band 66.

  • Mike McDonald

    I’m suspecting Apple is hedging on Qualcomm chips for the foreseeable future. The US FTC is deeply involved in investigating Qualcomm and Apple filed litigation right after that. My suspicion is Apple is trying to develop a baseband chip internally and avoid any outside vendors for critical components. It’s their own CPU & graphics chips so the RF side should be the next step.

    • marque2

      Well it is half their CPU, they produce it themselves but it is based on ARM processor standards and drawings with some minor mods. No different than what you would get from Qualcomm really.

    • JStatt

      Your suspicion could be right. But Apple has also poured billions of dollars into their partnership with Intel to get them up to qualcomms level. So far Intel builds a good modem but it’s behind. I think Apples end goal is simply to end Qualcomm’s monopoly on modem technology that they feel is leading to very high royalty costs.

  • schova

    Was holding my breath for the 600Mhz support to make this semi future resistent.
    It really should have had that in there…
    Now I dont know if I want to upgrade.

    • steveb944

      It was never going to get the latest bands, it never does.

      • schova

        True but I was hoping they’d turn a new leaf and add more functionality with the special X release.

        • superg05

          (¬‿¬) thats so cute

  • UGADawginVA

    I am going with the V30….apple or google..all the same to me.

  • steveb944

    Looks like the Essential Phone, with nothing to offer.

    • JStatt

      Judging from your avatar I’m sure Apple lost a loyal customer

      • steveb944

        They lost me over 5 years ago when they started regurgitating hardware.

    • superg05

      bingo

  • Kevin

    Apple: so you know how you guys wanted 4 way FaceTime, Band 71, and a headphone jack… well boom, animated emojis

    • marque2

      Which is something most video chat apps already provide, at least on PC, but noone wants to use them there either – so now they are build into the phone – whoohoo.

      It is probably a good phone for the money, buy a good $150 of that is brand name money not actual feature quality money.

      • MadJoe

        That extra $150 is for the tech support and warranty. Apple tech support and warranties are pretty darn good, I don’t know about $150+ good, but they’re worth something. I just despise iTunes so much that I will never own an iPhone, so I don’t have to pay that premium.

        • marque2

          Yeah nothing against iPhone – but I find it too pricy for my taste. And for tech support – I don’t know how many apple users I have told – when hearing a problem, why not go to th Apple store, you paid extra for that support. Most aren’t aware.

          Also Tmo stores are pretty good about offering support for phones on their network – even if it was a byop. Not sure why in would need a separate LG store to help me out when Tmo offers such good support.

        • Francisco Peña

          $150 for Apple to tell you you are holding it wrong.

        • MadJoe

          There was that, but there’s also myriad other examples of when they have gone above and beyond. I still don’t think it’s worth it to me, but to each their own. All I was pointing out was you do actually get something for that extra money. It’s up to the individual to decide if it’s worth it to them.

    • JStatt

      Anyone who thought it would include Band 71, a band useless to 99% of consumers at this time, was totally misled. It made no sense for Apple to include it and Apple generally is six months to a year behind on modem technology because of the mass quantities they have to sell in. The fight with Qualcomm also doesn’t make it any easier.

  • john

    Looks like garbage . Way over priced and nothing new!I am still happy with my mytouch 4G phone even though several yes old. Super fast , super good camera and everything way better then even the galaxy 8 or the iPhone 7 plus.

    • Sharti24

      No LTE on that phone lol

      • john

        It is still faster or as fast as the galaxy s8 or iPhone 7 plus and better camera too. I know some who has iPhone 7 plus and galaxy s8 and I think mytouch 4G is way better. They should release new mytouch phone instead of all the garbages for few yrs now

        • ChristianMcC

          Gotta say, that’s pretty amazing! Great dedication ☺️

  • bkat11

    Am I just blind or did I not see 4X4 MIMO and QAM not included? What part of LTE advanced are they referring to? Also no LTE-U or LTE-A support?

    • john

      It is time for 5G Who cares about LTE when you have bad signal in some place.

      • bkat11

        Ok…and…?

        • marque2

          And it will be the same with 5g. I wouldn’t get overly excited over terabyte speeds. It will be marginally faster than 4g at first.

      • Jason

        Say what? LOL Does this iphone have 5g then? No? Then what the f are you talking about? Heh

        • marque2

          Technically we still don’t have 4g speeds. The standard was modified to allow lower speed if certain other features were present. Even HSPA+ was called 4g by Apple at one point – even though HSPA+ is technically the pinnacle of the 3g series.

        • pbolton70

          Yea and the gigabyte LTE we will be getting soon is more toward true 4g speeds. But remember we also need to talk about latency as well. 5g is suppose to bring latency less 3ms. Currently with best LTE still no where near that

      • Tom@L

        proper 5g rollout is years away. At least 3 to 4 years. Dont believe the hype that 5G is near. By that time, all current mobile phones will become obsolete.

        • pbolton70

          Actually probably more like 2-3 given current state and time to roll out to enough people to count. The standard should be finalized by end of year.

    • Cam Fas

      Yup but it’s possible that it might only have 256QAM but we should of had that last year on the 7 but we shall see.

  • Billy_Boy2019

    I personally think it was a huge mistake for Apple to introduce the iPhone X 50+ days in advance. I’m not saying it’s not a good phone I just think it give to much time for the YouTube community and other phone critics way to much time to show us why the phone is not worth $1000. On the other hand, it may be worth $1000. I guess we have to wait and see the hands on reviews! ✌✌

    • Sharti24

      “Phone critics” lol. People are going go buy the iphone regardless who says what. Apple has their reputation and the isheep buy whatever they shell out

      • Billy_Boy2019

        You right!

    • PWRuser

      No phone is worth a $1000, with current inflation rate. No matter how good it may be. It’s about millions of people who grew up without being told “No!’ so now that they grew up, they don’t know how to say No!

    • pbolton70

      IMO none of these phones are worth 1000.00

      • Billy_Boy2019

        Says who? Not Apple

        • Bklynman

          Look at the use phone market,ever since they started bring out a new phone every 6 months to once a yr,the prices of used phone has gone way down,even used iphones don’t keep their price like before,so no phone is worth $1000,because within 6 months a newer super phone will be out to take it place,the price of older phone will half or less LgG5,you can buy is brand new for less than $300,now. The V10,which started V line can be had for less than $200.

  • MadJoe

    It’s actually kind of goofy looking, and I’m not a fan of the screen wrapping around the speaker like that. I don’t think I would buy this even if I weren’t completely in hate with iTunes to the point where I wouldn’t ever consider an iPhone anyway.

  • Sharti24

    Any word about 4×4 mimo or 256 qam?

  • Bobicka54

    Screen made by Samsung. Flash memory made by…. Samsung. Phablet created by Samsung. Edge to edge screen created by Samsung. Apple now follow others. The screen notch is Apple’s own special contribution. Very, very weird, as it cuts into photos and videos.

  • SirStephenH

    Why did they wait so many years to catch up with Android devices in terms of hardware? If it wasn’t for the crappy OS and the price I’d get one.

    • Philip

      Samsung had wireless charging 2+ yrs ago. Apple finally catch up. Samsung has face recognition since last yr and Apple finally catch up. Where is Apple innovation?

  • Joe2050

    I don’t think I can get use to the ‘bunny’ ears 24/7 and now removing Touch ID and headphones. I don’t have the ‘interest’ I use to for wanting iPhones anymore… I’m now considering the Note 8 or the upcoming Pixel 2 next month..