Time for a huge shakeup with the iOS team. After a day with the X and reading all of the nitpicks of others... it’s become clear to me that the iOS team is letting the hardware team down. There are so many small quality of life improvements that could have made the X a better experience. The notch... you get used to it and it is not as big a deal as people first thought, but there’s no good reason the status bar isn’t blacked out with white icons. At least within all apps, allowing Apple to still use the notch as a marketing shape on the home/lock screens. The home bar at the bottom of the screen. It’s entirely useless. We didn’t need a thick line to tell us we could swipe up to get to Control Center, we don’t need the bar now. It’s distracting in apps like kindle and it covers content in apps that haven’t been updated. From a design perspective, it is far more bold than the system fonts/other design elements, so it’s hard to ignore. Is more distracting that the notch somehow?! Disappears on home screens, which is proof the notch could have been seen in home screens and blacked out in apps to keep it purely for marketing. No haptic feedback for home gesture. This is so obvious to me that I almost think it is a bug that the home gesture gives no feedback from the Taptic Engine. If you swipe up on the home bar from within Control Center and only within Control Center, it DOES give haptic feedback! Should be like that system wide. It feels far more satisfying and would be an easier transition after losing the click of the home button. Swipe to unlock undermines the work that went into FaceID. It should absolutely be optional, especially for those of us that have an Apple Watch and don’t even need notifications on our phone. All the white of iOS is exasperating the color shifts inherent in OLED screens. It’s also not taking advantage of any of the power savings that could be had with more black. The WatchOS team designed with OLED in mind, but iOS is currently an OLED torture test. Status bar icons. These are a mess. They swap positions when going into Control Center. There’s plenty of room to move one over to the time to balance the two sides out/make room for battery percentage/make them consistent when going into Control Center. The time is on the opposite side (left) to where it is on the Apple Watch (right). Default settings - This is the first iPhone where I felt like all of the default settings were all wrong out of the box and hunting down where to change them took time. I turned TrueTone off (way too yellow), auto brightness off (way too aggressive), 3D Touch lighter pressure (too much force needed on default), Reachability to ON (no reason for this to not be on by default), Attention awareness for FaceID OFF (for speed), hidden notifications when locked to OFF, HEIF image compression to OFF (for better image quality), and all SOS settings to off... because... Both my wife and I were 1 second away from accidentally calling 911 only 1 minute apart from each other for totally different reasons?! I was trying to figure out which combo of buttons turns the phone off and it started counting down to call 911. The X to cancel was under my thumb at first too and I didn’t see it. But I cancelled and my wife and I laughed about it. Then she goes to squeeze her phone into her case and it starts counting down because the case was squeezing buttons as she put it on. We immediately turned that off. It’s cool to have but I’m too afraid of doing it accidentally now and don’t even know which combo of buttons made it happen. I don’t feel like either of our scenarios were because of 5 rapid clicks. I swear I was holding power and volume up when mine happened which is supposed to be power?! Button mapping is wonky in general. Closing apps is unnecessarily complicated compared to all other iPhones, and seemingly for no reason. It actually hinders the great new gesture of flipping between apps. Why should we close apps when there’s no benefits? Because it makes it easier to use the app flipping gesture between the apps you actually want to jump to. What’s with the new camera/flashlight buttons on the lock screen being the only 3D Touch buttons in the whole OS? I like them, but it’s really strange that swiping to the side still brings up the camera as well. Or you can pull down Control Center to choose the camera. It’s all sloppy. I know the joke around here is that, say, a Surface Pro is a nice device, but too bad it runs Windows. Or too bad a Note 8 runs Android. I’m not going that far with the iPhone X, but iOS is not doing the hardware improvements/changes any favors. The X is far and away Apple’s best phone ever. The hardware team has done a terrific job, but the software team is dropping the ball.