Apple is what we like to call a very “proprietary” company. In a business sense, a company is proprietary when the products they offer are unique to that company and are extremely difficult to recreate and resell. For instance, Apple uses Lightning cables instead of a microUSB or the increasingly popular USB-C; by creating this unique connector, the company forces you to use their products, generally at a mark up.
So if you’re getting the iPhone X after being an Android user, prepare to pay a lot more than that $999 price tag on the phone itself. Thomas Ricker at the Verge recently wrote about how his $999 purchase ended up being closer to $2,200 when all was said and done (and it could have even been more).
In an op ed for Verge, he describes piece by piece how the price started stacking up:
- First, the phone itself: $999 right off the bat. Except he lives in Europe, so it’s actually €1,159 (including tax) in Amsterdam, or about $1,378 by today’s exchange rates. Except he splurged on the 256GB model, which cost a pretty penny more, totaling €1,329, or about $1,580.
- The optional Applecare protection package retails for €229 (about $273) – fortunately Ricker lives in Europe where a two-year warranty is guaranteed, so that cost was eaten. Phew.
- Need to buy a phone case for the most breakable phone ever… $25.
- No headphone jack? You’ll need AirPods. $159
- The iPhone X has wireless charging capabilities – cool! You’ll need a wireless charging dock. (This item you might actually already have if you were an Android user, but we’ll continue for the sake of the exercise.) $60-$90
- Maybe you don’t want to charge it wirelessly, maybe you want to take advantage of the iPhone X’s quick charge feature. You’ll need an Apple USB-C-to-Lightning cable, since Apple controls the production of the Lightning port from top to bottom. $25 for a 1 meter cable, $35 for 2 meters. You’ll also need a power brick that supports the USB-C Power Delivery (USB-C PD) specification – $50.
In the end, that $999 phone is way more expensive than you originally thought and you’re stuck paying money for proprietary cables, dongles, hardware and what not that doesn’t actually make your life any easier.
Getting an iPhone X as someone who already has an Apple phone isn’t quite as painful, but you’ll still have to pony up for the wireless charging and fast charging features, plus the phone itself.