iPhone X How future proof is the iPhone X?

seeforyourself

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Hey guys!

I currently own the iPhone X 256GB which is surprisingly still zippy and seems to be just as responsive as my boyfriend's 11 pro. I did a side by side comparison with websites loading and it seems pretty equal with some of mine winning and his winning. His app load up is a hairline faster when opening than mine. Also his battery life of course is what blows mine away.

I'm trying to remember when I had my iPhone 6 and I remember it already being slow when the 6s was released and even slower when the 7 was released.

Is this chip supposed to last even more generations than the past ones did?
 

Jtludwig

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Hey guys!

I currently own the iPhone X 256GB which is surprisingly still zippy and seems to be just as responsive as my boyfriend's 11 pro. I did a side by side comparison with websites loading and it seems pretty equal with some of mine winning and his winning. His app load up is a hairline faster when opening than mine. Also his battery life of course is what blows mine away.

I'm trying to remember when I had my iPhone 6 and I remember it already being slow when the 6s was released and even slower when the 7 was released.

Is this chip supposed to last even more generations than the past ones did?
One thing it lacks is band 14, which is unfortunate.
 

Relentless Power

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Hey guys!

I currently own the iPhone X 256GB which is surprisingly still zippy and seems to be just as responsive as my boyfriend's 11 pro. I did a side by side comparison with websites loading and it seems pretty equal with some of mine winning and his winning. His app load up is a hairline faster when opening than mine. Also his battery life of course is what blows mine away.

I'm trying to remember when I had my iPhone 6 and I remember it already being slow when the 6s was released and even slower when the 7 was released.

Is this chip supposed to last even more generations than the past ones did?
Let me ask you this, what is it that you’re concerned that your iPhone X potentially won’t be able to do after it’s discontinued? I mean, you’re probably looking at two more years of iOS support, which isn’t that big of an issue if you upgrade during/around that time frame.
 

Closingracer

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The X was fine until I got my 11 pro last month. The reason why I upgraded was because A)it was cheaper since the lease credit ran out and now was paying $41 to keep leasing it or buy it for $250. Or get the 11 pro on installments for $35 and own it after 24 months. B) was better battery life. Even comparing to the X brand new this phone lasts longer then it ever did. The camera is great and I enjoy using it but I would of been happy with my X a few years longer if I wanted to buy a phone that lacked battery life.
 

anthony13

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It comes down to battery life for me. My X is still hanging tight at 85% which means I’m good not upgrading. The only real benefit with the 11 is the wide camera, which is tempting. Maybe the 2020 pro this fall.
 

phpmaven

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It comes down to battery life for me. My X is still hanging tight at 85% which means I’m good not upgrading. The only real benefit with the 11 is the wide camera, which is tempting. Maybe the 2020 pro this fall.
I don't think I've checked my battery health in ages, but I'm at 96% right now on my launch day X. That's pretty stinkin' good.
 

_karrol

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I personally think the dealbreaker is RAM and the processor not so much. The 6 had just 1GB and even for a system optimized as well as the iOS, this was just not enough to support the later updates which were designed primarily for the new iPhones with more RAM (starting from the 6s).

I am in the same position as you (had the 6 which started getting slow quite early on and then got myself a launch day X which is still fast) and I assume this phone should be good to use for at least another 2 years Especially that only Xs and 11/Pro have more RAM than X. The only thing is that I would just hold out with updating to iOS 14 in the autumn to see how well it works on other X units.
 

JBGoode

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as far as I'm concerned, the X is already obsolete
I guess it’s a good thing your opinion doesn’t matter in relation to the actual question being asked.

To the OP:The X will be quite usable for several years to come. The 6s still runs quite well and that chip will be 5 years old this year. I imagine the X will still receive the latest OS update in 2022 and perhaps beyond. I plan on keeping mine for as long as I can since it does everything I need it to do with virtually the same speed as the newer ones. Other than the camera and battery upgrade, the new phones are pretty much identical unless you need the newer chipset for the latest AR apps etc. and even then the X is still quite functional. The A11 was ahead of its time and is still faster than most Androids.
 
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seeforyourself

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It comes down to battery life for me. My X is still hanging tight at 85% which means I’m good not upgrading. The only real benefit with the 11 is the wide camera, which is tempting. Maybe the 2020 pro this fall.
I'm holding off until it has 5g (which I know isn't really worth it yet) comes out, OR if it gets unbearably slow. The battery is a huge bonus for me right now. Also having 5G will make it more future proof. I'm trying to get 3+ years between each upgrade.

My mother got a new battery a couple of months ago and paid $50 which she thinks helped a tiny bit even though it was at 77% battery capacity. She still says the phone becomes slow occasionally which the apple guy was trying convince her the battery replacement and restore would help. Her phone is the iphone 7 FYI
 
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IowaLynn

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I have X still along with 11 non-pro. Glad I did better camera for sure and larger screen. It runs better and some added features. May not be a need.

The X is smaller. I prefer 6+" phone.
5G is very much a work in progress and not higher speeds even further away. 2024 is a lifetime away.
 

FlyingDutch

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Hey guys!

I currently own the iPhone X 256GB which is surprisingly still zippy and seems to be just as responsive as my boyfriend's 11 pro. I did a side by side comparison with websites loading and it seems pretty equal with some of mine winning and his winning. His app load up is a hairline faster when opening than mine. Also his battery life of course is what blows mine away.

I'm trying to remember when I had my iPhone 6 and I remember it already being slow when the 6s was released and even slower when the 7 was released.

Is this chip supposed to last even more generations than the past ones did?
In the long time it will be limited by the RAM (3 Gb), but it is not something going to happen any soon.
I wouldn‘t buy one today, for sure, but if you already own it, your only concerns could be about battery health.
Replace it with a fresh one by Apple and you’ll be ok for another couple years.
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as far as I'm concerned, the X is already obsolete
What a totally baseless statement...
 

sean000

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No device is future proof, but the iPhone X runs the current iOS just fine and I imagine will run the next one fine as well... but you never know. I'm thinking about trading my iPhone X in for the 11 Pro. I've had the X for almost exactly 2 years. My iPhone X still works well and the battery has 86% of its original maximum capacity. Battery life isn't a huge deal for my typical daily usage, and I still have around 15-20% at the end of the day. The only reason I really have any desire to upgrade is to get the ultrawide lens and better overall camera system. I'm an amateur photographer who usually carries a camera with a couple of lenses every day, but when I leave my camera at home it's nice to have a good smartphone camera. The iPhone X camera is very good in good light, but sometimes I miss having a wider angle of view. The 11 Pro would solve that.

My previous iPhone was the iPhone 6, which I used for about 3 years until the battery life seriously diminished. Eventually batteries do wear out. You can pay to replace the battery, but by the time the battery goes it’s a question of whether you want to put the money into an old iPhone or a newer one. At least it's only $69 to replace the battery out of warranty. If you sell or trade in an iPhone X sooner rather than later, you will get more for it to put towards a new model. It comes down to how much you like having a newer model, budget, and financing. I’m 24 months into a 30 month installment plan, so I’m eligible to trade it In now. I can afford the payments, so I might as well trade it in. On the other hand I could pay it off and use it another six months to a year and save the cash. Aside from getting a better mobile camera system, I can't think of another reason I would upgrade from the X to the 11 Pro... for me personally. It's still a great iPhone and I'm sure it will be for some time.
 
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IowaLynn

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Yesterday on non-Pro 11, web pages and apps struggled to refresh. Swipe up / close all apps and was fine after that. I’m waiting for 6-8GB RAM.

The 3GB is a limiting factor. Apple vs Samsung Android 10 with 8GB I do see difference. No magic juice that makes iOS 13 memory management can make up for inadequate amount. I use to program in Assembly and yes today’s compilers do a great job most of the time if given time training and give programmers the freedom to experiment and tweak - corporate project management doesn’t result in best case code though.
 

Infinite Vortex

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Is this chip supposed to last even more generations than the past ones did?
Personally I feel that the A-series processor is more than good enough to last more years that previous generations. So yes. I'm finding more and more people being happy to keep longer and to simply get a new battery in the middle there somewhere.

What will limit you moving forward is RAM as other(s) have mentioned. As the new phones come with more RAM the more the reloading behaviour will become more noticeable. Irrespective of optimisations Apple will drive performance based on the new hardware with iOS rather than the old. This in part is how they'll drive you to buy new phones.

Like you, my mother has an iPhone X and it runs great.
 

sean000

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Yesterday on non-Pro 11, web pages and apps struggled to refresh. Swipe up / close all apps and was fine after that. I’m waiting for 6-8GB RAM.

The 3GB is a limiting factor. Apple vs Samsung Android 10 with 8GB I do see difference. No magic juice that makes iOS 13 memory management can make up for inadequate amount. I use to program in Assembly and yes today’s compilers do a great job most of the time if given time training and give programmers the freedom to experiment and tweak - corporate project management doesn’t result in best case code though.
I rarely have memory issues on the iPhone X, but it does depend on what apps you run... and that's a very important point. I kept a couple of older iPhone models in service for several years and I found that the app updates were what killed the experience. An old iPhone might run the latest iOS just fine if all you ever open are a few native apps, but if you run resource intensive their party apps you're going to get frustrated.
 
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