A lot of people will be anxiously lining up to purchase the new iPhone X when it goes on sale on November 3, but one person who won’t be with them is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The tech pioneer has said he’ll wait to get the new phone, marking the first time he hasn’t purchased a new iPhone on launch day.
Wozniak Sticking with Old iPhone
Wozniak is usually the first to upgrade to new Apple technologies on opening day and often even arrives to purchase the product from an Apple Store on his Segway, but he is holding back on the iPhone X. He says he is happy with his current iPhone 8, which he views as the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6. To him, the new features don’t set the phone apart enough for him to rush out and buy it. Wozniak also said he believes we’re at the point where smartphones aren’t really that different from each other.
“I am just worried about what it provides me,” he said. “I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8, which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me. I think I will watch other people in this case.
For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t—on day one—upgrade to,” he said, not elaborating on what that reason is.
It could take some time before Wozniak adds Apple’s new iPhone to the multiple phones his is known for carrying with him at the same time. However, he notes that his wife will purchase the new phone on opening day, so he will be close enough to see it for himself.
Skepticism for New Features
The iPhone X makes some big changes to Apple’s previous models, most notably by removing the home button and creating an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch screen that uses facial recognition. Because the new phone is being billed as the “smartphone of the future” with many new features, it seems like it will stand out from previous models more than Wozniak believes it might. However, Wozniak has previously noted his skepticism that the Face ID feature will actually perform like it is supposed to.
He isn’t alone in his concern—many analysts are struggling to make educated estimates of how the new phone will perform, especially because the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X were not released at the same time. Perhaps because of that, iPhone 8 is accounting for a smaller share of projected sales than new iPhones were at this time last year. That lag could also be because customers are waiting to upgrade to the iPhone X and skipping past the iPhone 8. There is also concern about the price of the iPhone X—the 256GB will cost $1,149—and that it could be driving away potential customers.
However, Wozniak hasn’t been particularly vocal about other reasons he isn’t supporting the iPhone X. Earlier this year, he said that although iPhones are expensive, they are a “safe bet”.
Wozniak left Apple in 1985 but has remained loyal to the products and is still looked at by Apple fans as a representation of the brand. His decision to not purchase the iPhone X will certainly be one that is discussed around the world. Speculation abounds about why Wozniak is breaking tradition and not purchasing the new iPhone right away. Some people predict that it is because he is concerned about the security risks of facial recognition software, while others think he doesn’t like the large screen design.
The launch of the new iPhone X will be a big story in the tech world, even if Steve Wozniak isn’t there to be among the first to purchase it.
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