Today I received tracking information for my soon-to-arrive-in-Chicago iPhone X order. Also today I Googled iPhone XI because I was certain no one was writing about what would come after iPhone X so so. Well, I was wrong.
If iPhone X is the ultimate smartphone in 2017, what about next year when Apple introduces iPhone XI? That’s iPhone Eleven in English. I’m pretty sure Apple has a naming convention to worry about sometime between now and 2019. This year it’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X (ten in English). Next year it’s iPhone 9 and iPhone X? Then iPhone 10 and iPhone X? No. iPhone XI must be in the mix somewhere.
Regardless, iPhones have been around for 10 years and most reviewers say iPhone X is the ultimate smartphone experience. What about next year? Without ever touching iPhone X, David Nield has a few thoughts about iPhone XI which mix something old with something new but mostly old.
Face ID is the future of phone unlocking. It’s more secure, it’s incredibly accurate, it’s fast, and so on and so on… but does it work at any angle? While your phone is flat on a desk? Or in your pocket? Will it hold up the queue at the checkout?
Our bodies and brains make an interesting mix. It took almost no time at all for most iPhone users to figure out how and where to touch iPhones with Touch ID. Likewise, Face ID will embed proper angle and positioning to ensure facial recognition for unlocking or buying will work the same way as Touch ID.
Goodbye, Touch ID. Hello, Notch.
Not only is the notch an extra headache that app developers don’t need, it makes watching videos or browsing websites in landscape mode look just a bit weird – the likes of Samsung and LG manage to do without it, so we’re hoping it disappears completely in time for 2018.
So, already critics are panning the Notch as if President Trump took up residence in a nearby Walmart. Samsung and others went with ugly remnants of forehead and chin, while Apple obeys laws of physics with a Notch but really rounded screen corners. Wanna bet nobody talks about Notch this time next year?
Forget Notch, what about Pencil?
Samsung can point to stylus support for its successful Galaxy Note series, so we reckon Apple might soon see the light and make the Apple Pencil work with the iPhone too. Maybe a lot of users won’t have a need for it, but it’d be nice to have the option there.
Note is successful? Not last year. Go ahead. Flame me if you dare. That’s what Samsung did to Galaxy Note 7 customers. Yes, Samsung differentiates from iPhone and iPad with a stylus, and I see as many iPhone users with a stylus pointing device as I do Samsung stylii in the wild, but after using Pencil on my iPad Pro, I could go with a smaller Pencil on iPhone XI. As long as there is some way to attach it to the case.
Goodbye, Pencil. Hello, cheaper?
The one item on the iPhone XI list that would really be acceptable and nobody would complain about is a smaller and less expensive model. iPhone X is slightly bigger than iPhone 8 but with a screen larger than iPhone 8 Plus. That’s T.A.R.D.I.S-erriffic. iPhone XI could use a baby brother; smaller than iPhone 8 but with a slightly larger screen.
Win. Win. Win.
Hmmm. The more I think about it I’m rather certain Apple will figure out a different naming convention beyond iPhone X and it won’t include iPhone XI.