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iPhone is one of 2017’s best inventions (but so is fidget spinner)


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What's not to love about the iPhone X.
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Anyone that says Apple can’t innovate anymore obviously hasn’t spent some quality time with the iPhone X.

According to Time’s annual list of the year’s best inventions, the iPhone X is the only smartphone that makes the cut — but so did the fidget spinner. The magazine calls the iPhone X the world’s most sophisticated smartphone and it’s not hard to see why.

Time talked to Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior VP of hardware engineering, who said the iPhone X is literally a dream come true.

“I look at the design as something we really wanted to do since day one,” Riccio said. “This phone really sets us up well for the next 10 years.”

Demand for the iPhone X has been through the roof, with shipping times on preorders slipping to five to six weeks at launch. It’s been nearly two weeks since the iPhone X launch, and devices still aren’t shipping for three weeks. Apple isn’t expected to finally catch up to demand until early 2018.

The iPhone X features an edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID, an A11 Bionic processor, an improved camera, wireless charging — and no Home button. It’s $999 price tag hasn’t deterred buyers, and Jony Ive doesn’t sound the least bit regretful.

“As you would expect,” Ive said, “there’s a financial consequence to integrating the sheer amount of processing power into such a small device.”


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