I came home late from my first day of testing the iPhone X. My wife sent me audio clips over iMessage from the kids after I sent them pictures of myself, now beardless. "O-M-G. I can't even recognize Daddy!"
I couldn't recognize myself either. In the mirror, I looked smooth, like another version of me. I felt vulnerable. I had shaved my beard, Apple's new method for unlocking your iPhone by simply looking at it. But, what would it be like in public, on TV, when I hug my kids? At first, big personal changes feel uncomfortable but appealing. Everything seems different but also potentially refreshing.
My smooth face was the perfect metaphor for my experience with the iPhone X: The 10-year anniversary iPhone feels the same, but different. Weird, but good. I've been alternating between both feelings over the last week. And you, future iPhone X owner, might feel the same. But tough it out -- because after a few days, you're probably going to like where you end up.
All our recent iPhone X coverage is right here.
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