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Did you get one? As usual the chaos of caching meant that the store still appeared to be down for me in multiple browsers as well as the iOS app until well after 10 past the hour. By the time I got one in my basket it showed 2-3 weeks delivery time so I quickly checked in-store pickup and 🎉🎉🎉 3rd November at the Liverpool Apple Store! 👍

I must admit, I'm a little nervous about getting this phone in a way that I haven't been since I decided to go for the Plus size iPhone 6 back in 2014.

Why? Well, it's not what you might think. I expect Face ID to work perfectly and I actually like what the notch does to the screen in portrait mode (and who uses their phone in landscape? 🤷‍♀️). No, my doubts are focused on the bottom of the screen and the removal of the home button. That button has been such an integral part of the iOS experience since the very beginning and I'm not yet convinced that the operating system, and apps that I use every day are going to be better off without it.

Maybe I'm wrong to be nervous though, and instead maybe I should be excited? The iPhone and iOS have been a little safe in terms of design changes over the last few years and instead, maybe this is actually an interesting opportunity for some bolder design decisions in apps again? That can only be a good thing!

Dave Verwer

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