November 3, 2017

The 3 iPhone X Headlines Apple Doesn’t Want You To See

Tech DC November 3, 2017

Friday marks the release of Apple’s new iPhone X, the latest and most expensive smartphone produced by the Cupertino-based tech giant to date.

At $999, the iPhone X is the most expensive mobile device ever sold by Apple. But it doesn’t stop there. According to Inc, the $999 iPhone X is actually just the “bare bones” model.

The Inc. headline blared: “In a Shocking Announcement, Apple Reveals Hidden Costs for Expensive New iPhone X.”

The 256GB iPhone X costs $1,149, and Apple has ratcheted up screen repair fees to $279 from $149-$169 on previous generations. For other “miscellaneous repairs,” Apple charges $549 – a greater cost than many smartphones. AppleCare insurance also jumped from $149 to $199 for the iPhone X.

Privacy is also a major concern with this new phone. Apple is unveiling FaceID, its latest security function that allows users to unlock the iPhone X by simply looking at it. The technology scans users faces, and when it detects a match, unlocks the phone.

But a Slate headline raises questions about what Apple is doing with that information: “Apple Plans to Share Some Data That the iPhone X Collects About Your Face. That’s a Huge Worry.”

“Apple plans to allow third-party app developers access to some of the biometric data Face ID collects. And this has some privacy experts concerned,” the Slate article reads.

And last but certainly not least is a concerning report from Newsweek about the human cost of producing the iPhone X’s technology: “IPHONE X RELEASE: THE HUMAN COST OF APPLE’S MOST EXPENSIVE IPHONE EVER.”

The Newsweek report indicates Apple’s decision to release three new phones in 2017 has reduced demand, which has led to layoffs, protests, and beatings.

“In recent years, there have been limited improvements in factory working conditions, and labor rights violations remain widespread,” one labor rights advocacy group claims.

< Back to Blog