The iPhone X is like using a new phone... which might be a problem for Apple...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 1080p, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    First off. I got my new X this morning and I am loving it. But... navigating this phone really feels like a brand new experience. Not a problem for a techie person like myself... but Apple might be turning some people off with all of this new UI gesture navigation. You have older people... who might have found it very easy to grasp the concept of the iconic home button. They may have trouble transitioning over to the X. You also have people who have been curious about Android. Now that you are changing the way we use our phones... you might have a few people jumping ship to Android. If they have to learn a new way of doing things, they might just decide to learn how to navigate Android.

    Just some thoughts.
  2. saltd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2010
    The old farts that don’t care about tech aren’t going to like it. Still, it’s a far better interface to those who take the time to understand it. They aren’t the target market this year, many other options in the lineup tight now. Give it a few years, and they’ll catch up.
  3. Rbk23 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2014
    If you’re upgrading from a Blackberry Z10 you’ll be fine lol
  4. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
  5. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    I don't believe any of those examples are people who are going for the X. My mom wouldn't like the X, but she's still on a flip phone so its irrelevant.
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Exactly. Want to try something new, get the X. Want to have the same specs but with a familiar user experience, get the 8/8 Plus
  7. nyfliiboy macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    The X isn’t for everyone. Your point might have been the case if it was the only phone released this year but the iPhone 7 and 8 give people plenty of options.
  8. haruhiko, Nov 4, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2017

    haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    I like the gesture based navigation very much but I’m sure quite a lot of people will find it challenging to change their muscle memory for the past 10 years. That’s exactly why Apple didn’t go all in to the X this year and released a stop gap solution that’s the iPhone 8. But it’s clear what the future will be. Better embrace the future right now.
  9. KingslayerG5 Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    We came from a previous decade which had physical QWERTY, flip phones, candybar, and sliders. Just six years ago, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, QNX, Meego, and webOS were available.

    What's so hard swiping up over pressing a home button? I doubt there is much of an adjustment period for it. Many older people came from Zack Morris phones to StarTAC to WinMo to BlackBerry to iPhone to Android to whatever.

    Technology is always evolving. So it's about adapting to those changes. We went from wired controllers to wireless. Didn't take long to adjust. People learn to adapt to changes for better or for worse.

  10. Rayban macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2008
    If anyone has problems with using an iPhone X over any other smart phone, should not be using a smart phone.
  11. orev macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    I think people saying "the X isn't for everyone" are just trying to rationalize the changes, which are objectively not good design (there are no affordances -- obvious controls). And Apple has clearly positioned the X ad "the future of the smartphone", so clearly they expect phones to move to this design in the future.

    Having said that, I was really apprehensive about these gestures instead of the home button, or even a virtual one, and in the day I've had it I've already gotten used to it. Apple is pretty good at teaching how to use these things in their ads, so by the time you have the device you already know how to use it.
  12. robertopod1968 macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2013
    There will obviously be an "old fashioned" iPhone option for 2 more years at the very least. Probably more like 4
  13. ImBuz macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
    I am a very old F&%t and I think I had all of those--My first computer was
    an Apple Lisa
  14. irobots macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2014
    The iPhone 8 is for for those people who want to the X
  15. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015

    I agree totally. Part of the reason I got an 8 was the home button and Touch ID. I am glad Apple gave us options. I liked the continuity of the 8.
  16. Nilla Wafer macrumors member

    Nilla Wafer

    Sep 15, 2012
    Leading up to Friday I watched all these YouTubers and other talk about how it would take a while to get used to having no home button. I took about 30 seconds. There is nothing hard to learn about the X.
  17. KingslayerG5 Suspended


    Oct 16, 2017
    I remember 10 years ago, I watched my friend blind text (aka touch typing) on her candybar Nokia while she sat in class. One of my good friends who is about 44 can still do that.

    On Howard Forums back in 2007, many members were waiting more for the N95 over the first iPhone. Many were hardcore Nokia fans and they mastered how to text in T9.

    People forget how hard it was to adjust typing on the first iPhone. It felt very weird and many mistakes. You couldn't turn off autocorrection until iPhone OS3. That's why people stayed with BlackBerry for the physical QWERTY.

    People just adjust to things. Some are slower than others. Many people went from a 4" iPhone to a 5.5" iPhone and the adjustment period was short for them.

    That's why I mentioned in another thread that learning a new platform is like learning a new language. The more versatile you are, the easier you can help more people. Be a chameleon. Have range. Embrace change and adapt to it.
  18. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    You had me at HowardForums
  19. HaydenWI macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2016
    While the gestures are new, navigating is intuitive and extremely simple to grasp (IMO).
  20. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    My mother in law has had a 6s for over 2 years and has no idea how to use about 75% of the stock features. An iPhone X would make her head spin.

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