“During its inaugural event at Steve Jobs Theater last month, Apple unveiled three flagship iPhones,” Neil Cybart writes for Above Avalon. “Management dedicated 20 minutes of stage time to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, models clearly positioned within the existing iPhone paradigm.”

“Attention then turned to iPhone X, which garnered nearly twice as much stage time,” Cybart writes. “While the ‘X’ stands for ten, it could have very well stood for extreme. iPhone X will be the most radical iPhone Apple has sold to date. The home button has been removed to fit a larger screen in a smaller form factor. This change, which was years in the making, ushers in a completely new iPhone experience. Users will have to retrain their finger reflex to not press the bottom of the screen and instead, get used to swipes. In addition, the removal of fingerprint recognition in favor of facial recognition represents a very big change in how we will use iPhone. A strong argument can be made that removing the home button is the single-biggest change Apple has made to iPhone. The sheer amount of risk found in the move is being grossly underestimated.”

“The home button has come to represent safety for hundreds of millions of people. In just a few years, Touch ID and fingerprint recognition became universally accepted because of their connection with the convenient iPhone home button. Apple is taking this familiar design and throwing it out the window in an attempt to push the iPhone experience forward,” Cybart writes. “Although Apple is confident consumers will embrace the changes, the confidence sure isn’t a result of consumers demanding or wishing for these changes. Instead, Apple designers and engineers are throwing away legacy thinking in order come up with something new.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Users will retrain themselves rather quickly, we expect. As Face ID spreads to every Apple product with a camera (Hello, iPad! Hello, Mac! Hello, future-gen Apple TV!), the Home button and Touch ID will become a fond memory, like ADB ports.